“Walking on the streets and places in Xi’an, you are actually walking into the ancient Chinese history. By visiting so many “tombs”, ancient architectures and treasures in Xi’an, you’ll finally understand why this ancient built-on-tombs city now become so attractive and vibrant.”
In day 1 you’ll 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 diverse culture.
This is the Day 2 of this trip, in the morning your guide will be waiting for you at your hotel lobby (or any other appointed address) at around 7:30 am (the exact departure time will be given by your guide at Day 1) and you’ll be picked up and transferred to our first destination of the day – Hanyangling Mausoleum by our clean and comfortable vehicle.
It takes about 40 minutes to drive there. This museum has an underground exhibition hall so that people can see the results of the archeological digs in the big mausoleum complex of Emperor Jingdi (also named Liu Qi, 188 to 141 BC) of the Han Dynasty, his wife, officials, dynastic clan members, and commoners.
There is also a graveyard for slaves who built the complex. The archeological dig site only covers a small area, but the whole burial complex is immense. It covers a total area of about 10 square kilometers or 4 square miles.
You’ll have change to watch a holographic movie about the history of Emperor Jingdi and Hanyangling Mausoleum.
As Trippest’s VIP guests, you will be approved to enter into the restoration laboratory to take a close look at the procedure of the relics restoration. This laboratory is not opened to public. Your guide will introduce the basic knowledge and skills of restoration. And staffs there restore the relics in live presentation. If you are an antiquary or a fan of cultural relics, feel free to communicate with these restorers.
We will have lunch at a well selected local restaurant called Yan Yu Jiang Hu Restaurant (晏域江湖餐厅) on the way back to city center where most local people liked. You will have chance to taste the most authentic Shaanxi local food.
After lunch, we will visit a very small but featured private owned art museum called Tangbo Art Museum which possesses a collection of Shaanxi folk arts and representative ancient paintings exhibited in historical sequence.
You’ll have chance to have a Chinese calligraphy class, Chinese Tea ceremony class or a Chinese paper-cutting class here with a professional English-speaking teacher which I believe it would be a highlight of the day!
Then, we will visit another completely different museum the Shaanxi History Museum. It is a huge museum exhibited more than 370,000 historical relics which has vividly displayed the traditional culture and arts of ancient China from Neolithic Period to modern society and is the first large-scale modern museum in China. You’ll get a full view of Chinese history and civilization through these exhibitions and relics.
Finally we will drive to the south square of the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. It is a 9-floor Buddhism Tower along with a temple called Temple of Great Maternal Grace was built by the Emperor Li Zhi of Tang Dynasty to memorize his mother Empress Wende. After the temple was built, Li Zhi invited the famous Monk Xuan Zang (known as Tang Monk in the famous book of The Journey to the West) as the honored master here in the temple.
Master Xuan Zang lived here and had brought lots of Buddhism sutras from India. He translated the Buddhism text here and had brought the religion of Buddhism from India to China. You can take a picture with the statue of Master Xuan Zang. But please keep in mind that those statues are all man-made, they can not protect you or bless you except the only true God who created the world and human being.
John 3:16 (ESV) “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
Your guide and driver will transfer you back to your hotel. If you need to catch an onward flight or train at http://www.chinahighlights.com/tour/beijingtour/beijing-airport-hotel-private-transfer.htm, please book a transfer service in advance and tell your guide your departure time.
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|Seasons||Adult (age 12+)||Child (age 2 – 11)||Infant (age < 2)|
|Shoulder Season||$195 USD||$165 USD||Free|
|Peak Season||$215 USD||$175 USD||Free|
* Please Note: The peak season includes the following dates: China National Day: 01/Oct/2018 – 07/Oct/2018. Chinese Spring Festival: 04/Feb/2019 – 10/Feb/2019. Other dates are indicated as shoulder season.