Daily VIP Xi'an Terracotta Warriors and City Discovery Tour

Discover Terracotta Warriors, Xian City Wall and Muslim Street just in one day.

“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 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 Deng, the product manager of Trippest

Reasons for booking this tour

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.


Know before you go

Suitable time for the trip: this trip is suitable for travellers all year round.

Suitable group: this trip is suitable for all age range.

Friendly to disabled: we could provide wheelchair for disabled people if needed and all the attractions are friendly to disabled.

Group Size: this is a small group tour with no more than 6 persons in the group.

Dressing Code: Casual, suggest wearing comfortable clothes and shoes with sun glasses.

Tipping Notes: it is not required to tipping but it would be a great encouragement for them if you give CNY 50 -100 to your guide and driver if you are satisfied with their services.

Trip Route Map

The day before your tour date

You will be advised to find more details regarding your driver and tour guide, as well as pickup information at: http://www.trippest.com/track-your-trip.html. 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.

Pick 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.

Transfer 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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mP5p4QbvPtc (this brief video is about 5 minutes long).

Alternatively, you can watch this video for a more detailed introduction: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-1IcaeuGnw (it takes about 45 minutes).

Visit the Terracotta Warriors and the Qin Tomb

Warriors and horses burial pits, 1.5km east of Qin Tomb, are 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.

Have 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.

Drive 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.

Visit 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.

Visit 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.

Drive 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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* Please Note: The peak season includes the following dates: 29/Apr/2017 - 01/May/2017, 01/Oct/2017 - 08/Oct/2017, 30/Dec/2017 - 01/Jan/2018, 15/Feb/2018 - 22/Feb/2018. Other dates are indicated as shoulder season.

Seasons Adult (age 12+) Child (age 2 – 11) Infant (age < 2)
Shoulder Season * $99 USD $89 USD Free
Peak Season * $109 USD $99 USD Free

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 local guide service.
  • Lunch at a Xi'an local farmer's restaurant.

Price Exclude:

  • Airport transfer.
  • Your personal expenses.
  • Hotel accommodation.
  • Gratuities to your tour guide & driver (usually CNY 50 - 100 per person). It is not compulsory but would be a great encouragement for them.

Cancellation Policy for Trippest Xi'an Tours

  • If we are not able to implement the services that we list in this trip 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 cancelled services due to non-participation, early departure, late arrival, or missed days on tours.
  • For groups of more than 10 people: The terms for cancellation may vary from case to case. Please ask your travel advisor regarding the cancellation policy for your group.

Last Minute Booking of Trippest Xi'an Tours

  • All the bookings are required to be placed at least 48 hours in advance before your trip start so that we may have enough time to make the arrangement. However, it might be possible that there are several seats available with the last 48 hours. So please do make us a phone call at: +86-13910694045 to check the availability for the last minute booking.



Reviewed June 23, 2017

I was a little nervous to travel China as a young girl so I decided to book this tour and I am so happy I did! My guide William was friendly, knowledgeable and overall great. There were only a couple of us on the tour so it was personal as well. William was always offering to take pictures and share his knowledge on the Great Wall, Forbidden City and Tiananman Square. I would recommend this tour to anyone. :)

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Reviewed June 22, 2017

Amazing trip!! Tour guide Cactus, was outstanding! Exceeded my expectations. Not only visited the listed places but Cactus went over and beyond to show us additional things outside of the planned trip. Also picked great places to eat and it was important to her that we had private areas to eat at where we could hear and enjoy the small groups company. I would highly recommend requesting Cactus, on your adventure!!

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"Forbidden City"

Reviewed June 20, 2017

Jimmy was an excellent tour guide. He was on time, personable and extremely knowledgeable on China's history. We appreciated his VIP tour and his thoughtfulness of our group. He made sure our group was away from the crowds and allowed us to view the different sites with exclusivity. He is fluent in English and Mandarin allowing our visit to the Forbidden City to be so much better. Thanks Jimmy!!

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"Forbidden City & The Great Wall"

Reviewed June 23, 2017

Me and my girlfriends together with a family from Australia took part in this trip. We visited the Forbidden City and the Chinese Wall for one day. Our guide, Lucy Cheng, made this day fantastic. I really can recommend her, and this day trip. A nice day, with lots of laughs and nice things to see. //The Swedes

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Reviewed June 23, 2017

We had tour guide, Rico. He was amazing. His English was great and he was able to give a detailed history on all the places we went. The lunch was delicious and water was always on hand. Wish I could have had him for all my tours!

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Why Book With Trippest?

Go Local!

Experience the real local culture with a local guide!


No text-book recite but interesting and vivid stories and experiences behind every attraction.


Our guide and driver are knowledgeable and friendly! They are willing to serve you with their passion and enthusiasm.

Skip the lines!

Skip the lines at some major attractions (such as the Forbidden City) as a VIP guest!

Real Small Groups!

Our small groups are limited to Max. 6 persons to ensure a better experience and flexibility.

Time-smart Arrangement!

We make full research of each attraction in the itinerary to make sure you don't have to spend unnecessary time on the road.

Well-selected Restaurant!

We choose featured local restaurant where local people loved to taste the most authentic local food!

Comfortable & Safe!

Air-conditioned business car with GPS facilities, big windows, and ample space. Reliable licensed local driver with at least 5 years’ driving experience.

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