Terracotta Warriors with Special Access
Without a doubt the highlight of any visit to Xian and possibly even China is to explore the legacy of The Army of Terracotta Warriors and visit the incredible burial site. Your tour is organised so that it passes by the Mausoleum of Emperor Qin Shihuang before visiting the Warriors themselves who stand guard over Emperor Qin's tomb. This afternoon see the Old City of Xian where your guide will bring alive Xian's association with the mighty Silk Road. Here, visit the old City Walls, where a short bike or buggy ride is taken, and the Small Goose Pagoda also the Great Mosque, which is a beautiful spot in the midst of peaceful gardens OR see the main Terracotta Warrior exhibit and the fascinating Warriors of the Han Dynasty (dating from about 100 years after the better known Terracotta Warriors). These are miniature warriors and often a major highlight of client's trips although very few people know they exist, let alone visit them.
XIAN: Special Access at the Warriors
Your visit includes, by special arrangement, a visit to the Lower Viewing Gallery at The Army of Terracotta Warriors whilst at the Han Dynasty Warriors (dating from 80 years later) it includes privileged access into the Curator's Restoration Room.Having existed for more than three millennia and been the capital city of 13 dynasties, Xian, formerly Chang'an, is often considered as being at the heart of Chinese civilisation. Also an ancient trade hub of huge economic importance, it was the eastern terminus of the legendary Silk Road.
Xian remains an important city, packed with sites worth visiting and laid out in a neat arrangement. Among these sites, the world famous Terracotta Army is the highlight, but numerous other historic locations litter the city.
Explore the city walls of Xian
Xian is one of few cities that has its ancient protective walls intact. Climb or walk, buggy or bicycle ride around its ramparts.
Walk on Muslim Street
For over 1300 years, Muslims have been an integral part of daily life in Xian at the eastern end of the Silk Road. With the Hui community tracing their roots back to Persian and Arabic traders. You will go for a stroll with our guide through the Muslim Quarter, where the way of life derives as much from the ancient cultures of Central Asia as it does from mainland China.
Visit the Great Mosque & Muslim Quarter
Visit the Great Mosque, one of China’s largest and built in the Chinese style. Although founded in 742 the present layout dates from the 14th century and is made up of four courtyards which contain stone stelae, many trees and ornate arches. The backstreets leading to the Mosque have been home to the city’s Hui community for centuries - Muslims, the Hui form one of China’s 56 minority groups. Take a wander around these streets.
You will be staying at Bell Tower Hotel Xian, Bed & Breakfast