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How to Spend 1 Day in Xian

How to Spend 1 Day in Xian

Thanks in part to the Silk Road, Xian has long ranked among the world’s greatest cultural capitals, and it remains a hotbed of multiculturalism and Chinese history. While there’s enough to see and do in Xian to fill a week, a single day is enough to see its main highlight, the Terracotta Warriors. Here’s how to make the most of your day. 

Morning: Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is the reason most travelers come to Xian in the first place. Get an early start for the hour-long drive to this 2,000-year-old mausoleum complex with its life-size Terracotta army. Learn about how the famous figures were made and about Emperor Qin Shi Huang, who inspired them. After exploring the three excavation pits, don’t miss the exhibition hall where the intricate bronze horses and chariots are housed. Choose a private tour for even more flexibility. 

Afternoon: City Sightseeing

Now that you’ve seen Xian’s star attraction, take the afternoon to visit one or two other points of interest. You could walk or ride a bike atop the historic city walls, browse the food stalls and souvenir shops of the buzzing Muslim Quarter, dig deeper into Xian history at the Shaanxi Museum, climb the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, or visit the remains of a 6,000-year-old village at the Banpo Museum. Save time on transportation by combining these into a guided tour, or head out on your own to explore the city. 

Night: Dumpling Feast

No trip to Xian would be complete without an evening spent feasting on Chinese dumplings while taking in the song, dance, costumes, and choreography of the city’s famed Tang Dynasty Dinner Show at the Tang Dynasty Palace theater. Alternately, treat your tastebuds to a dinner of succulent street foods—soup dumplings, noodles, savory pancakes, and the city’s signature barbecued meat skewers—during a night tour of the Muslim Quarter.

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Coach Day Tour of Terracotta Warriors and Banpo Museum

Coach Day Tour of Terracotta Warriors and Banpo Museum

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Take a full-day tour from Xi’an to visit three important cultural and historic sites: the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, Emperor Qin's Mausoleum and Banpo Musuem. Start the morning at Banpo Village where you see a collection of artifacts that date back 6,000 years. Then spend time taking in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, and Emperor Qin's Mausoleum. Be amazed at the elaborate life-sized statues that are part of the burial complex. Transport by climate-controlled coach, entrance tickets, Chinese lunch, and hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 8 hours
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Xi'an Evening Food Tour by TukTuk

Xi'an Evening Food Tour by TukTuk

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Set out with an expert guide and your own tuk-tuk driver to find the best dishes in Xi'an. Explore hidden streets and quaint alleyways within Xian’s city walls where you visit favorite local eateries. Experience Xi’an's cuisine and culture by eating at the same places that local people go, with unlimited food and beverages (including beer) included during your tour. Sample the only craft beer brewed in Xi’an when you stop at a local brewery.
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  • 4 hours
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$69.00
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Flexible Private Xi'an Layover Tour

Flexible Private Xi'an Layover Tour

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Rather than spending your layover at the airport, choose this private sightseeing tour. The personalized tour can be tailored to your needs, including visits to the main attractions in Xi’an such as the Terracotta Warriors Museum, ancient City Wall, and more. Your tour guide will greet you at Xianyang International Airport and drive you back to the airport or drop you off at your hotel at the end of the tour.
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  • 6 hours
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$138.47
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Private 1-Day Xi'an Tour, City Highlights and Local Family Visit

Private 1-Day Xi'an Tour, City Highlights and Local Family Visit

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Discover the highlights of Xi’an on a full-day private tour that includes stops at Big Wild Goose Pagoda and the Great Mosque. You’ll also visit Shaanxi History Museum and the old city wall, which dates to the 2nd century BC. Learn about the history and architecture of the Great Mosque, and go inside the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Xi’an’s iconic Buddhist temple, built in 652 during the Tang Dynasty. Finally, gain insight into Xi’an’s importance in China throughout the centuries when browsing extensive exhibits in the Shaanxi History Museum.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$182.00
Price varies by group size
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Price varies by group size
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