Terra cotta warriors
Day 01: Arrival in Xian
Please take an early morning flight to Xi'an to make sure you have enough time to visit all of the highlights that will be scheduled today. Upon your arrival, our guide will be at the exit of the airport and ready to pick you up. He/she will hold a banner with your name on it, and you can find him/her easily. The airport locates 33 miles from Xi'an City and the transfer from airport to your hotel may need 50 minutes to one hour. On the way to your hotel, our guide will give you a general introduction of Xi'an. Today's tour starts from visiting the landmark of Xi'an, the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, which was first built in Tang Dynasty and it was the place for Master Xuanzang to carry forward the Buddhist doctrine and the place to store the Buddhism classics taken back by Mater Xuanzang from ancient Indian. An a la carte lunch will be offered at a local famous restaurant, and you may choose your favorite dishes with the help of your guide. Visit the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum in the afternoon. It is complimented as the 8th wonder of the whole world and enjoys high reputation home and abroad. It was built by the first Emperor of Qin Dynasty to guard his underground world after his death. The life-sized warriors are all with different facial expressions and it was said that these were all built according to the real warriors at that time. You may feel surprised by visiting these warriors in orderly manner and the copper carriages and horses. (L)
Day 02: Departure from Xian
After breakfast, our guide will pick you up from the lobby of your hotel and transfer you to visit the Provincial History Museum. It was complimented as the China Treasure House with a collection of more than 370,000 cultural relic including the bronze wares, pottery burial figurines, golden and silver wares, the murals of Tang Dynasty, etc. Another A La Carte lunch will be offered at a different famous local restaurant. The City Wall and the Great Mosque will be scheduled in the afternoon. The City Wall was first built in Ming Dynasty and was used to resist the enemy's invasion and now it embosoms Xi'an inner city as a circle. The City Wall is wild enough for two cars to ride abreast. If you have enough time, you may take a bicycle on the City Wall and pay the charge on the spot by yourself. Your short Xi'an tour will come to an end and our guide will transfer you to the airport for your homeward flight. (B+L)
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