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Well established two centuries before the founding of Rome, Xian was the capital of China throughout a number of important dynasties. Known as Chang'an in the mid seventh century, Xian was the largest city in the world. Introduction of exotic Chinese goods to the rest of the world started at Xian when trade via the Silk Road began in the Han Dynasty. Xian provides a glimpse into this period of China with its well preserved city walls and the world famous Terracotta Warriors.
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You will meet your guide on arrival, transfer and check-in to your hotel. During the drive your guide will provide an introduction to Xian, answer any questions you have, and make arrangements for the following day. Enjoy free time for the remainder of the first day.
Well established two centuries before the founding of Rome, Xian was the capital of China throughout a number of important dynasties. When trade via the Silk Road began in the Han Dynasty (206 BC - 220 AD) Xian was the capital and at the eastern junction of the route. The introduction of exotic Chinese goods to the rest of the world started at Xian.
Having grown progressively through several ruling dynasties, Xian, known as Chang'an in the mid seventh century, was the largest city in the world before it was devastated at the end of the Tang Dynasty. However, the city was rebuilt during the Ming Dynasty with the new city wall completed in 1370 based on the inner palace walls of the Tang Dynasty city. The Ming Dynasty walls are well preserved and can be circumnavigated on foot or bicycle.
Xian has plenty of restaurants serving cuisines from all around the world, and the city centre can be explored on foot. Ask your guide for advice and personal recommendations.
Itinerary Option: If you’re arriving to Xian in the morning, discuss additional activities with our staff.
Today you will visit Xian's Muslim quarter to see the Chinese styled Great Mosque which was founded in 742 AD, when Xian was the largest city in the world and home to many thousands of foreigners. In this fascinating area you'll notice that many of the residents come from mixed ethnic backgrounds possibly dating back to the early days of the Silk Road traders. Some of the Islamic-Chinese food you'll see in the market and on restaurant menus is unique to this region.
Explore Xian's ancient city walls. At 12 metres high and 12-18 metres thick they are the best preserved in China.
Each warrior, horse and chariot of the famed Terracotta Warriors is unique, having been intricately created by hand in 209 BC, over two thousand years ago, and rediscovered by accident in 1974. We've all seen them on television, but nothing can prepare you for the awesome scale of over 8,000 life-sized models, complete with armour, weapons, and individual facial features. Truly something that has to be seen to be appreciated.
To complete your introduction to Xian, enjoy the Tang Dynasty Dinner Show in the evening.
Visit the Provincial Museum to learn the history of Xian and the ancient Silk Road. Visit both the Small Wild Goose Pagoda and the Big Wild Goose Pagoda which were initially built in the seventh century to house Buddhist scriptures brought back from India by pilgrims.
In the afternoon transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
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|Standard:||from AU $660|
|Superior:||from AU $839|
|Deluxe:||from AU $1,116|
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Hotels each night of the itinerary (excluding your departure day). All GetAboutAsia accommodation is handpicked by us. Upgrades are available for this itinerary.
Visas for China
Almost all nationalities require a visa for mainland China. You must obtain your Chinese visa in advance. Give yourself at least 3-4 weeks. It is not possible to get a visa on arrival and Chinese visas can be very difficult to obtain outside your country of residence.
Hong Kong and Macau are not considered part of mainland China for immigration purposes and most nationalities (please check) do not require a visa.
Availability of accommodation and season.
"Thanks for organising the tours in China. We did enjoy the entire experience > travel & sightseeing. We loved the mountains near Guilin, high speed trains were efficient and all guides helpful. The Bravo hotel in Guilin was the best." — Mr and Mrs Fernandez, Sydney, NSW, November 2015
"The trip was fantastic! We really enjoyed every place we have visited. The best was Xian in terms of high quality hotel, food and the guide was incredibly good. I will definitely recommend GetAboutAsia to my family and friends. " — Patricia Berlioz , Sydney, NSW, April, 2015