Day 1: Shanghai to Xian (L)
You will take a morning flight at 6 am or 7 am from Shanghai and arrive in Xian in two hours. Upon arriving at Xian Airport, you will see your English-speaking guide and driver. After a quick and refreshing lunch at a nearby restaurant, you'll get a chance to walk or take a bike ride around Xian's still functioning city wall. Xian is one of the few Chinese cities that still has its city wall intact.
We'll then set out for the Big Goose Pagoda. The Pagoda is surrounded by a still-functioning Buddhist temple (named Da Ci'en Temple). As the most famous Buddhist pagodas in China, the tower was built in the Tang Dynasty (618-907) to study Buddhist scriptures.
You'll enjoy some relaxation and fun at the Huaqing Hot Springs. Huaqing has been a famous imperial bathing pool and various palace complexes over its 3,000-year history. It is a National Cultural Relic and one of China's Hundred Famous Gardens.
Huaqing (Hua means brilliant, Chinese, or flowery; qing means pure or clear) Hot Springs is located about 35 kilometers east of the city of Xi'an, at the foot of Li Mountain. You’ll see Nine Dragon Pool, Lotus Flower Pool, and Frost Drifting Hall.
For dinner, you'll have a real treat with Xi'an unique dumpling banquet followed by the Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show. Xian is where the art of creating the tastiest and delicate of dumplings was refined. No visit to the city is complete unless you partake of a Dumpling Dinner.
The Tang Dynasty Show is an outstanding exponent of this ancient stable and prosperous society, keeping alive its splendid culture and providing an insight into the relaxed lifestyle of the period. In the Tang Dynasty, people danced to pray for a good harvest or a better life. Combining poetry with the skilled playing of musical instruments, singing, dancing, and stunning costumes, the modern presentation gives you an impressive view of ancient China, including its glorious history, brilliant arts, distinct traditions, and customs.
For the night you will be staying at the four-star Ramada Hotel in Downtown Xian. The morning buffet (included) offer a huge variety of eye-catching northern Chinese food.
Day 2: Xian-Shanghai (B, L)
Following breakfast in the hotel, we'll drive to visit the famous Terracotta Warriors.
The Eternal Romance of the Terracotta Warriors
"Qin Shi Huang drank mercury, thinking it would give him eternal life."
- BBC, April 12, 2017
The Terracotta Warriors is the result of the most significant archeological excavations of the 20th century. Work is ongoing at this site, which is around 1.5 kilometers east of Emperor Qin Shi Huang's Mausoleum.
Time permitting, we will walk the famous Muslim Quarter in Xian, where you can try Xian's Chinese hamburgers. Almost all the local food and snacks are also available at the Muslim Quarter.
Return Transportation Choices:
1) Take a high-speed train, arriving in Shanghai in 7 hours.
2) Take an evening flight for 2.5 hours.
Included in Our Service Package
1) Flight and train tickets;
2) Local train station transfers in Xian;
3) Lunch and special dinner (the Dumpling Banquet);
4) Tickets to the Terracotta Museum, Big Goose Pagoda, Huaqing Hot Springs and the City Wall;
5) Dumpling Banquet and Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show;
6) 4-star Hotel Ramada in Downtown Beijing
7) English-speaking guide;
8) Professional driver in Xian;
9) Private car in Xian.
Shanghai airport or train station transfers
Alternative Return Travel
Instead of going back to Shanghai, you may fly or take a train to Beijing for the Great Wall and Forbidden City.