“Get in before the crowds and examine the finely detailed Terracotta Warriors and their fleet of bronze chariots, built to protect a unified China’s first Emperor in the afterlife. Ride along the ancient walls of the city of Xian. In the evening, soak up the lively atmosphere of the bustling night markets at Muslim street, in this exciting tour of the best Xian city has to offer.
Our Tour is Exciting and Authentic
Other tours are pompous and not genuine, but our tour is packed with down-to-earth real life experiences. Our guides really bring history to life with their vivid explanations, unlike other tours where the tourist reads a dry, boring paragraph from a screen. We have arranged the itinerary to be action-packed, free from shopping and time-wasting. We deliver exactly what we promise in our itinerary and we do it with passion and enthusiasm.
More Features of Our Terracotta Warriors Small Group Tour
- Direct access to the Terracotta Warriors Museum, before the noisy crows arrive!
- Use a telescope to appreciate the finer details of the warriors faces and armour.
- Hear you guide clearly with a noise-cancelling FM headset.
- All inclusive transport provided, with pick-up and drop-off at your hotel.
- Push bikes and electronic bikes available to ride along the Xian City Walls.
- Freshly prepared Chinese meal for lunch.
- Exciting and action packed, with no shopping!
Our Friendly Staff
Your Guide is a knowledgeable local expert who speaks fluent English. They are keen to help you and your intimate group enjoy Beijing.
Your Vehicle is air-conditioned, with plenty of space and large windows and free WiFi access. It has room for up to 7 people, with one vacant space for comfort.
Your Driver is reliable and professional, with years of experience navigating the local area.
Our Customer Support Office is available by phone to assist you, 24/7.
Our Quality Assurance Team runs trials and analysis on the itinerary regularly to perfect the customer experience.
On the day before the tour
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Pick Up From Your Hotel – 7:30 – 8:00am
Your friendly guide will meet you at your hotel and escort you to the pick-up and drop-off point that is closest by. This pick-up point will be located on the third ring road around Xian, outside the hotel precinct. If you choose a hotel that is not within the precinct, please inform us before hand, as we will need to make special arrangements for you.
We are leaving early to arrive at the Terracotta Army early so that there are fewer crowds and we do not have to wait in queues.
Travelling to the Terracotta Warriors – 8:00 – 9:00am
During the 50 minute drive, your very knowledgeable tour guide will fill you in on some of the history of the city and the Terracotta Army. Even so, we recommend that you learn a little more about Xi’an and the Terracotta Warriors before you embark, so that you can really appreciate the finer details and bring the story to life in your own mind. For this purpose, we have a couple of documentary videos that we recommend to you. The first one is a brief introduction (about five minutes long) about Emperor Qin Shi Huang and his Terracotta Army (see below): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mP5p4QbvPtc
For a more detailed explanation, please see this video (about 45 minutes duration, see below): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-1IcaeuGnw
Tour the Mausoleum of China’s First Emperor, and his Terracotta Army – 9:00am – 12:00pm
Your guide will take you through the magnificent tomb of Ancient China’s first Emperor, Qin Shi Huang. This renowned figure ordered the construction of the Great Wall protecting China’s northern border from the Mongols, and united China into a powerful empire. To protect him in the afterlife, he commissioned the construction of an impressive tomb filled with stone soldiers and bronze chariots. These bronze chariots are the largest ancient bronze artifacts in the world.
The Terracotta Warriors offer an fascinating insight into what Qin Shi Huang’s ancient armies would have looked like, including their uniform, weaponry and insignia. It is even rumored that the statues’ faces were individually modeled using real soldiers from his army. We will provide you with some binoculars, so that you can better appreciate the finer details of the statues from behind the barrier.
After viewing the army up close, you will be taken to an elevated lookout, where you appreciate the entire massive army from afar. Even though only 5% of the mausoleum has been excavated (for archaeological preservation reasons), the scale of the visible army is awe-inspiring.
You will learn the about why Emperor Qin Shi Huang needed an army to serve him after death, why he had soldiers with no helmets and the answers to many other intriguing mysteries.
In the museum, there are three soldiers pits excavated and one pit containing bronze chariots. We recommend visiting the pits in order, starting at Pit 1 and finishing at Pit 3, followed by the bronze chariot pit and the mausoleum of Qin Shi Huang. This allows you to follow the clues that lead archaeologists studying the site from a general understanding to a very specific story of how and why the ancient tomb came to exist.
Pit 1 in the largest pit and houses around 6,000 stone figures, many of them armed with bronze weaponry. The scale of the army on display, and the size of the formidable figures is truly breathtaking, especially when you consider that only a small percentage of the underground army has been excavated. Standing amongst the army, you will feel as if you are at the field of a great Qin Dynasty battle.
Pit 2 is smaller than Pit 1, with about 1,300 figures on display, but there is a great deal of variety among the figures in this pit. Examine the many different armaments, adornments and insignia of the different soldiers with your telescope.
Pit 3 is the smallest pit, with 72 figures, who are believed to have been the high-ranking officials of this army, because of their horses and splendid decorative armour.
The Bronze Chariot Pit contains two of the oldest, biggest and most well-preserved bronze artifacts ever discovered. The two, full-scale bronze chariots are beautifully painted, and are believed to be a personal chariot for the Emperor Qin Lin Huang himself.
Each of the soldiers excavated has a different face, hairstyle and expression. For this reason, it is believed that the clay soldiers must have been individually modelled from real soldiers. It seems that Emperor Qin Shi Huang wanted not only a huge army to serve him in the after, but the exact same army that served him during his life.
Special Features of Our Terracotta Warriors Tour
- You will receive an FM headset, because it is often very noisy in the tomb chamber during the busy season, and this means that you can clearly hear your guides stories and explanations about the site.
- Because all three of the pits have a boundary fence that keep tourists a certain distance away from the statues to prevent damage, we will provide you with a telescope, so that you can appreciate the fine details of the statues,
Enjoy Lunch at a Nearby Restaurant – 12:00 – 1:30pm
After we have finished with the Terracotta Army, we will stop nearby to enjoy some special Xian cuisine, including Chinese hamburgers (known as Rou Jia Mo, 肉夹馍 in Chinese) and lamb soup with dumplings (known as Yang Rou Pao Mo, 羊肉泡馍 in Chinese). If you have any dietary requirements at all, such as gluten-free, Halal, Kosher or vegetarian, please contact us beforehand and we will make suitable arrangement for you.
Travel to Xian’s East Gate – 1:30 – 2:30pm
You can relax and have a rest after lunch, as we will make the 50 minute drive to the ancient city walls of Xian.
Exploring Xian’s City Walls – 2:30 – 5pm
Xian’s ancient city walls are the most formidable and the best preserved of any in China. The walls were built to protect the city during the Ming Dynasty, during the 14th century, and span a length of around 14 kilometres. There are four gates into the city in each of the cardinal directions. Your journey exploring the city walls will start at the East Gate, known as Chang Le Gate.
You can choose to explore the wall by one of three options. If you choose to walk the city wall, then you will only be able to explore the area between the East Gate and the South Gate, a length of around 3.5km. At 4:30pm, you will arrive at the South Gate meet with your tour guide and await the rest of the tour group.
If you choose to cycle along the city wall, you will be able to travel almost the entire length of the wall (from the East Gate to the North Gate, West Gate, then the South Gate) or about ten kilometres, meeting with your tour guide at 4:30pm at the South Gate to await the rest of the tour group. Your tour guide will show you where to rent a bicycle.
Our most recommended option is taking the eco-car (tickets are included, ask your guide) around the city walls. This allows you to travel along almost the entire length of the wall (from the East Gate to the North Gate, West Gate, then the South Gate) with ease to meet with the group at 4:30pm at the South Gate. However, when it is very hot during the summer, it is often too hot to take the eco-car around the entire wall, so we recommend seeing only the best section of wall between the East Gate and South Gate, before descending the wall to escape the heat. As you are wandering around the base of the wall in the afternoon, there are often free local folk opera performances happening, organized by the Shaanxi Opera, a volunteer organisation run by elderly retirees.
The city wall is a great vantage point from which to take into the historical architecture of Xi’an, as well as absorbing the culture and vibe of the city, while feeling free to let your mind wander.
Try the Street Food of Muslim Street – 5pm – 6pm
This bustling street is filled with food stands selling traditional Muslims cuisines. It is extremely busy, so you will have to follow close by your guide, who will recommend the best stalls to try.
Please note that there are pickpockets on this street, so you should keep your bag close. Also, some of the food stalls have unsafe food practices, so you should check with your guide before choosing to buy something from a stall.
Stay and Explore Muslim Street, Or Get A Transfer Back to Your Hotel – 6pm – 6:30pm
At this time, we can transfer you back to your hotel. Some people also choose to stay later and explore the city. Please note that you will have to make your own way back to the hotel if you wish to stay.
Please consider tipping your guide and driver, as they have worked hard throughout the day to ensure your enjoyment. A tip of 60 – 100 yuan each would be an appropriate amount.
Be sure to join the tour group’s Facebook page, to share the best pictures and memories from the day.