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Daily VIP Xi’an Terracotta Warriors and City Discovery Tour

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8 hours
Availability : Daily available
Max People : Max. 6 people in a group
Trip Overview

“A journey to discover the treasures of the Great Qin Empire, uncover the amazing history and vivid stories behind terracotta life-size figures that buried for over 2,000 years. Walk or cycle on the Xi’an Ancient City Wall, feeling and touching the invisible soul of this ancient city. To be a native of Xi’an, tasting the local people’s favorite food and experiencing the diverse culture. 
There are no fake luxuries and pomposity but true life and experiences. There are no boring, textbook-style history lessons but vivid stories that come to life. There is no tourist shopping, no time-wasting, and no queuing but a smartly-arranged itinerary. There is no spurious boasting and so-called “promises” but real enthusiasm and a detailed plan that we call our “services”.”

David Dengthe product manager of Trippest
What to Expect
  • Skip the line at the entrance of Terracotta Warriors Museum.
  • Equipped with a telescope to get a closer view of the terracotta warriors.
  • Use an FM headset to keep out external noise disturbances.
  • Get a panoramic view of the city and its history by walking, cycling, or taking an eco-car on the City Wall.
  • Travel like a local: taste the local people’s favorite daily food at a local featured restaurant.
Detailed Itinerary

The day before your tour date

You will be advised to find more details regarding your driver and tour guide, as well as pick up information by just clicking this link. The information will not be updated until the day before your trip date. If you failed in getting the information, please contact your trip advisor.

Good to know:
  • Say No to shops, factories and detours! There are no shop stops, no long lines and waits, and no time-wasting activities. We never take our customers to the tourist shops while other groups have to waste their time and money on the over-priced souvenirs.

7:30 - 8:00 AMPick up from your hotel

Meet your guide in your hotel lobby at an appointed time. He or she will hold a sign with TRIPPEST Logo and your name on it. The hotel pick-up and drop-off should be within the third ring road of Xi’an. For the further distance, an extra cost may apply for transfer which you’ll be notified by your travel advisor.

8:00 - 9:00 AMTransfer to the Terracotta Warriors Museum

It is approx 50 minutes to drive from downtown Xi’an to the Terracotta Warriors Museum. You will acquire rich background information about the city from your well-educated, expert guide. Being prepared with a little knowledge about the Terracotta Army beforehand is highly recommended for a perfect trip if you don’t just want to see lots of similar-looking stone statues.

We recommend you watch the following video on YouTube about the history of the Terracotta Army and Emperor Qin Shi Huang:

(this brief video is about 5 minutes long).

Alternatively, you can watch this video for a more detailed introduction:

(it takes about 45 minutes).

9:00 - 12:00Visit the Terracotta Warriors and the Qin Tomb

Warriors and horses burial pits, 1.5km east of Qin Tomb, is the earliest discoveries in the mausoleum. Please follow your guide to discover the amazing terracotta warriors that were buried for more than 2,000 years and to hear interesting stories about China’s first emperor — Emperor Qin Shi Huang (259–210 BC).

There are three pits in the museum. Our recommended visiting sequence is Pit 1 – Pit 2 – Pit 3 – Bronze Chariot Pit – the Qin Tomb as you will follow historical clues that lead from general to detailed information.

Pit 1 is the largest of the pits and it is estimated to house around 6,000 figures as well as a great quantity of bronze weaponry. You will be shocked by the large scale of the figures lining up, and will feel as if you have been taken back to the Qin Dynasty when the army of soldiers was waiting to go out to battle.

Pit 2 is not as large as Pit 1. It is estimated that the terracotta warriors and horses in this pit amount to 1,300 figures. However, the great variety makes it top-rated among all three pits.

Pit 3 is the smallest one with only 72 terracotta warriors and horses. It is believed that it served as the headquarters for the army, directing the warriors in Pit 1 and Pit 2.

The Bronze Chariot Pit exhibits two painted bronze chariots in a large scale. As burial objects, the bronze chariots represent Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s vehicles. Crowned as “the King of Bronze Ware”, the bronze chariots are the earliest, largest, and best-preserved bronze artifacts in the world.

Equipped with a telescope, you can take a closer look at the different clay figures’ details, you’ll find no two soldier’s faces are alike. Please notice the differences in their hairstyles, headwear, and gestures. These are used to show their military ranks.

Next, around 8-minute driving, you’ll be transferred from the museum to the best Viewpoint where you can see the whole area of the Mausoleum of Qin Shi Huang. Considered that the tomb of Qin Shi Huang has little to see, we will visit the site by viewing at a distance instead of taking a close look at. You’ll be shocked by the large size of the mausoleum. As the scale of the excavated terracotta army area only occupies about 5% of the whole mausoleum, 95% of the mausoleum is still buried and its contents remain secret. Your tour guide will tell the story why the Qin Shi Huang choose this site to expect to continue his rule in death as it had in life, and some inference about the structure and distribution of the underground palace.

Good to know:
  • Too crowded and noisy in the Terracotta Warrior Muesum and I can not hear what the guide is talking about? Yes, It is very crowded and noisy during the high season. But don’t worry, we have prepared an FM headset so that you can hear your guide clearly and do not miss any interesting stories.
  • All three pits are protected from tourists by a certain distance restriction. The 8,000 statues of terracotta soldiers are all individual and it is impossible to find two of them that look exactly like each other. Some look happy with slightly raised cheeks while some look sad with frowning eyebrows. However, as they are all protected from tourists by a distance of 20 meters, how will you see the details? As a privilege for our customers, you will be equipped with a telescope so that there will be no secrets left in front of you.

12:00 - 13:30Have Lunch at a Local Restaurant

We have selected a local restaurant near the Terracotta Warriors Museum. There, you can experience the most authentic Xi’an local food.

You’ll have the chance to taste the local people’s favorite food, such as Rou Jia Mo (肉夹馍, we also call it a Chinese hamburger), Yang Rou Pao Mo (羊肉泡馍, pita bread soaked in lamb soup; your guide will show you how to break the bread into small pieces), noodles, and dumplings.

Please let us know your food preferences at the time of booking, such as a vegetarian diet, Muslim food, gluten-free food, etc. so that we can make preparations in advance.

13:30 - 14:30Drive Back to Xi'an Ancient City Wall (East Gate)

After lunch, return to Xi’an for the next destination, Xi’an Ancient City Wall. A nap might be necessary for you to feel refreshed during a 50-minute driving back.

14:30 - 17:00Visit Xi'an Ancient City Wall

Xi’an Ancient City Wall was first built in the Ming Dynasty (1370–1378 AD) and is the largest and the best-maintained ancient city wall in China. It is shaped like a rectangle with a total length of 13.74 kilometers. The downtown part of Xi’an City is centered within this ancient city wall. There are four major gates (the north gate, the east gate, the south gate, and the west gate) of this city wall. Your visit will start from East Gate (Chang Le Gate).

You have three options when visiting the city wall. You can choose to walk part of the city wall (we suggest you walk from East Gate to South Gate, which is about 3.5 kilometers, and finally meet your guide and the other tour members at South Gate at 4:30pm).

You also can cycle along the city wall (your guide will help you to rent a bike and we suggest you cycle from East Gate – North Gate – West Gate – South Gate, which is about 10 kilometers, and finally meet your guide and the other tour members at South Gate at about 4:30pm).

We highly recommend you to take the eco-car running on the city wall (your guide will buy the tickets for you). This runs from East Gate – North Gate – West Gate – South Gate and you will meet your guide and the other tour members at South Gate at about 4:30pm (the Bicycle Service Station). Particularly in summer, it is very hot on the wall, so we suggest you to ride the essential part of the City Wall from East Gate to South Gate only, which is about 3.5 kilometers. Then we turn to wander around the foot of the wall to escape from sun exposure, if lucky, you’ll have the chance to enjoy a free local folk performance – Shaanxi Opera, which is voluntarily organized by local retired elderly people.

17:00 -18:00Visit Xi'an's Most Famous Food Street — Muslim Street

After visiting the city wall, you will head to Xi’an’s most famous food street, Muslim Street, where you’ll see lots of featured foods and snacks. You can try some if you’d like to.

Please take note of the following tips for this food street:
  • This is Muslim Street, where most local people are Muslims. Please try to respect their traditions and follow instructions from your guide.
  • Please be aware of your bag as this street is very crowded and noisy; watch out for pickpockets.
  • Please follow your guide as there are many people and it is very easy to get lost.
  • You can try some food there but it’s better to ask your guide for recommendations as some of the food and shops have bad sanitary conditions.

18:00 -18:30Drive Back to Your Hotel or Stay in Muslim Street and Explore the City by Yourself

Please make sure to reserve at least 3 hours if you want to catch an onward flight or 2 hours if you want to catch an onward train. Please book the transfer with us in advance and tell us your flight (or train) number and departure time.

Tip notes: Tip your guide and driver is not a compulsory requirement but would be a great affirmation of their services. Therefore, we suggest you give your guide and driver 60 – 100 Yuan per person as this would be a great encouragement for them.

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Dates and prices
Seasons Adult (age 12+) Child (age 2 – 11) Infant (age < 2)
Shoulder Season * $105 USD $90 USD Free
Peak Season * $125 USD $100 USD Free

* Please Note: The peak season includes the following dates: 01/Oct/2019 – 07/Oct/2019, 24/Jan/2020 – 30/Jan/2020. Other dates are indicated as shoulder season.

Price Include:
  • Admission to Xi'an City Wall and Terra Cotta Warrior Museum and Qin Shi Huang Mausoleum park.
  • Bike or e-bike rental on the City Wall.
  • Transport between attractions, including pickup and return to your hotel (within the third ring road of Xi'an).
  • English-speaking expert local guide.
  • Lunch at a Xi'an local farmer's restaurant.
Price Exclude:
  • Airport transfer. Click here to book airport transfer service. (price from 18 USD p/p.)
  • Gratuities to your tour guide & driver (usually CNY 50 - 100 per person). It is not compulsory but would be a great encouragement for them.
  • Your personal expenses.
  • Hotel accommodation.

What is the hotel pick-up and drop-off area?

Transport between attractions, including pickup and return to your hotel (within the third ring road of Xi’an).

What is your cancellation policy?

  • If we are not able to implement the contract due to war, flood, typhoon, fire, strikes, storm, earthquake, or any other condition we are not able to foresee and avoid, we will inform customers at the first possible opportunity and offer the best possible solutions, and the final bill shall be settled based on the service we actually provide.
  • Up to 7 days before departure: 100% refund of all money paid, excluding penalties charged by hotels, railways, airlines, and PayPal, if applicable. All penalties will be itemized.
  • From 3 to 7 days before departure: 90% refund, excluding penalties charged by hotels, railways, airlines, and PayPal, if applicable. All penalties will be itemized.
  • Within 3 days before departure: no refund.
  • After the trip has commenced, we are unable to refund any amount for canceled services due to non-participation, early departure, late arrival, or missed days on tours.
  • For groups of more than 10 people: The terms of cancellation may vary from case to case. Please ask your travel advisor regarding the cancellation policy for your group.
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Yunying W

Solo Traveller

I had an absolutely great time on the tour! It was a small group with myself and another couple and Rosa is an amazing guide. She is extremely knowledgable on the places she brought us to and knew where the short cuts were at the Terracotta Warriors so that we could avoid the crowds.

Lunch was at a nice restaurant that had lovely food and I sure got everything digested climbing the city wall after that! It was scorching hot that day and we had the option of cycling on the wall or taking the electric car, and I took the latter since I couldn’t cycle. As we walked through the Muslim quarter, Rosa also took the effort to explain the history of the street and also the Great Mosque located there.

There was no shopping stops (ie. jade/tea/pearl places) like my previous tours in Beijing and Shanghai which was something I appreciated. Recommended for everyone!



Solo Traveller

Myself and my boyfriend had an absolutely great time with Rosa today. We were a small group with only one other person but still had a great time!! Rosa is very knowledgeable and her English is absolutely perfect. She brought us through many short cuts at the warriors to avoid the mad crowds. Lunch was lovely and we really enjoyed walking through the Muslim quarter. My highlight was cycling on the wall in Xi’an and I will definitely be going back for a longer cycle. Cannot recommend highly enough!


Greg E

Group Traveller

Xian is amazing and the Terracotta warriors and simply breathtaking. Our guide Lily was brilliant. From contacting us the evening prior to our tour, our day was full of highlights. We were not rushed at any time and would not hesitate to recommend this tour and Lily’s services.