Explore Xi’an the right way, the sublime way. If you’re planning to visit China and are looking to start off with a city that captures the historical essence of China influencing western civilization, be sure to book one of our Xi’an tours — this is the one.
Xi’an, also known as “Eternal Peace” is the capital city of the Shaanxi Province, historically known as “Chang’an,” the largest city in the northwest China. It’s often viewed as the birthplace of Chinese civilization. Its mild climate, fertile soil, beautiful scenery, abundant products, and numerous historical relics and sites all make it a rich cultural experience, and a tour to remember.
You will uncover the mysteries and classic stories from its 3100 year old history, learn about the 12 dynasties, including the Western Zhou, Qin, Western Han, and Tang — all who made their capitals here in Xi’an for over 1100 years ago — leaving a lot of legacies which serve as badges of honor in the city.
During the Western Han and Tang dynasties, Xi’an was China’s political, economic, and cultural center. It was also the first stop on the ever-so-famous Silk Road, linking up the oriental world with western civilizations. The saying “In the east, there is Rome, in the west, Chang’an,” best described the position of Xi’an at that time. To this day, Xi’an is regarded as one of China’s most important cities, up in the ranks of cities like Beijing, Luoyang, and Nanjing — all identified as, “one of the four ancient capitals of China.”
And Xi’an culture is rooted from one of the world’s earliest civilizations. Our Xi’an tours will showcase the many different architectural styles available in urban Xi’an, most of which are dated back to the Qin, Han, and Tang Dynasties. The city’s economic development has witnessed the soul of tradition, combined with modern living and architecture.
Today in Xi’an, visitors still get an opportunity to experience traditional Xi’an living like listening to traditional Tang Dynasty Music. It’s always accompanied by a traditional dance show, it’s a wonderful performance of ancient music, giving you an impressive view of ancient China, its epic history with the arts, distinct traditions, and customs.
When you get the chance to experience one of our sublime Xi’an tours, you’ll get to experience just how rich the Xi’an culture is up close and personal. Take the Guanzhong Ren, believed to be the ancestors of Xi’an local residents. In history, they have been living on Loess Plateau, a must-visit.
If you’re curious about food culture in Xi’an, our sublime Xi’an tours will take you through the local cuisine, showing you how rich it is in the northwest. You can find different flavors coming from both north and south China, all adopted by Xi’an Cuisine. Salt, vinegar, capsicum and garlic are frequently used, merging the savory flavor of sour and spice — a mouth-watering fragrant that’ll definitely get you salivating and wanting more. Yangrou Paomo and Rou Jia Mo are two typical snacks popular in the city as well.
But there’s more to our Xi’an tours than delicious food. We’ll get to show you more than 4000 historical sites, with over 120,000 pieces of unearthed cultural relics. You’ll find famous historical and cultural heritages, including the Museum of Terracotta Warriors and Horses, Mausoleum of Emperor Qin Shihuang, the City Wall of the Ming Dynasty, the Bell Tower, the Drum Tower, Huaqing Pool, and the Big Wild Goose Pagoda.
The Museum of Terracotta Warriors and Horses are known as, “the eighth major miracle of the world.” The natural landscape around Xi’an is also a sight to behold. Better yet our Xi’an tours will escort you to see the Huashan Mountain, one of the five best-known mountains in China, it’s famous for its steep cliffs and unique natural beauty. But then again words can only explain so much. Book one of our Xi’an tours today and experience the city first hand.
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Tang Paradise is the biggest cultural theme park in the northwest region of China and also the first royal-garden-like park to offer a full display of the Tang Dynasty’s culture. It features twelve scenic regions, all are distributed throughout Tang Paradise to provide visitors with a sense of the twelve cultural themes; exhibiting the grandness, prosperity and brilliance of the culture during the Tang Period.
Ancient City Wall
Ancient and impressive, the Ancient City Wall is one of the largest ancient military defense systems in the world. It was first built in the Ming Dynasty Hongwu Period on the basis of the Imperial City in the Sui and Tang Dynasties. The city wall has more than 600 years history and is regarded as one of the greatest wall constructions in China and one of the most well-preserved walls in China.
The Big Wild Goose Pagoda
Also known as “Giant Wild Goose Pagoda,” you’ll find this exemplary piece of holy excellence 4 kilometers south of Xi’an. Many locals regard it as the symbol of the city. The pagoda, built in 652 AD, is a square pyramid standing at 60 m high and 7 stories tall. It is a tradition to throw coins from the windows of the pagoda for good luck and a happy life.
Shanxi History Museum
The Shanxi History Museum is arguably China’s first large-scale and modern national museum. It features over 370, 000 items, beautiful murals, traditional paintings, ancient pottery, coins, as well as bronze, gold, and silver artifacts. The Shanxi History Museum is also viewed as the crown jewel of the ancient capital and a Chinese treasure; showcasing ancient Chinese history, culture, and civilization.
Emperor Qin Shihuang Tomb
It took over 38 years to finish building the tomb of the Qin Emperor. Built by his army, it is located at the foot of the Mountain Li. The Terracotta Warriors face eastwards, a reflection of the Emperor’ fear of eastern invasion. It is said that when Emperor Qin Shihuang unified the whole country, the Emperor Qin Shi Huang recruited more than 700,000 convicts to build and finish the mausoleum.
The Museum of Forest of Stone Tablets
From legendary stone steles to epigraphs and stone sculptures from past dynasties, the Museum of Forest of Stone Tablets act as a treasure house for ancient calligraphy and stone carving art. It is situated at the site of Confucian temple in Sanxue Street and was first established in 1087. It gathered over 3000 stone tablets from Han Dynasty to Qing Dynasty.
The Small Wild Goose Pagoda
Well preserved and a symbol of sacred Buddhist scripture, the Small Wild Goose Pagoda is one of the two noteworthy pagodas in Xi’an. Built in Jinglong period of Tang dynasty, the Small Wild Goose Pagoda stands at 43 meters (141 ft) with fifteen levels of tiers. It is a pagoda in Jianfu Temple, Xian City, and was selected to be a part of the Silk Road.
Also known as Huaqing Hot Springs, the Huaqing Pool is a palace of hot springs nestled in a special part of China. With beautiful weather and stunning natural environments, it has earned the reputation for being the favorite place for emperors to build their palaces and resorts. Yang Kuei Fei and Tang Ming Huang have built their palaces along Huaqing Pool, a 25 kilometer skip and a hop east from Xi’an.
Xi’an was was the starting point of Silk Road over 1000 years ago, many Arabic and Persian merchants settled on what we call today, Muslim Street. The buildings on both sides of the street are decorated on the style of both Ming and Qing Dynasty. It came in handy during the hot summer days, providing heavy shade. The streets are filled with character, paved with dark colored stone and green trees and of course, a string of restaurants sure to have you begging for seconds or thirds.
Widely praised and recognized as an iconic symbol of Xi’an, the Bell Tower is a square tower base covering an area of 1377 square meters. It is a 36-meter high Tower, which makes it the largest and best-preserved building in China. It was first built in the Ming Dynasty to protect people from attack by rival rulers and to control the surrounding countryside.
Historic as it is fetching, the Hanyang Mausoleum is the burial place of Emperor Jing, the 4th emperor of the Western Han Dynasty and his Empress Wang. It was originally built from BC 153 to BC 12 and it is the museum with largest floor space in China. With an area of 20 square kilometers, it is a large-scale tourism scenic spot for tourists both at home or abroad.
Well known for its steep and narrow paths, crags and mountain ranges, Mountain Hua is the western mountain of the 5 Great Mountains of China. It lays near the city of Huayin in Shaanxi province, approximately 120 kilometers (75 mi) east of Xi’an. It has a lofty history filled with religious importance. In the ancient times, many emperors took part in Taoist activities here making it a holy place for Taoism.
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