Tour Code:CN-CPT4
4 Days Tour to Xian, Bullet Train between Shanghai and Xian
Duration:4 Day(s)
Price from:(per person)

CNY 3440

Departure/Pick-up from:


Main Destination :Xian
Traffic between Cities:

Bullet Train

Departure Date:You Decide !

Why we suggest this tour itinerary?

In this Itinerary, tourists will visit Xian, one of the oldest cities in China and the capital of Shaanxi Province now. It became the cultural and political centre of China in the 11th century BC with the founding of the Zhou dynasty. Since then, Xi’an was the capital for 13 dynasties controlling whole or part of China, including several of the most important dynasties in Chinese history, such as Western Zhou, Qin, Western Han, Sui, and Tang, totally for 1077 years of capital history. Xi’an is the home to the Terracotta Army of Emperor Qin Shi Huang and along with Luoyang city, Xian is also the starting point of the Silk Road in the East. It is the most significant influencing ancient capital in China and one of the birthplace of the civilization of China. So far, Xian enjoys equal fame with Athens, Cairo and Rome as one of the four major ancient civilization capitals in the world. Touring in Xian is actually walking through the 6,000-year history of China. If you are interested in ancient Chinese civilization, culture and history, your Xian tour is a recipe to satisfaction. 

Originally there are traditionally 4 historical capitals of China, collectively referred to as the "Four Great Ancient Capitals of China". The four are Beijing, Nanjing, Luoyang and Xian (Changan) which were the capital of the whole China at various periods. In a sense, they represent the peak of the achievement of ancient Chinese culture. As more new archaeological evidence began to be uncovered since the 1930s, other historical capitals have been included in the list. The phrase "Seven Ancient Capitals of China" now includes – in addition to the earlier four – Kaifeng (added in the 1920s), Hangzhou (added in the 1930s), and Anyang (added after 1988). In 2004, the China Ancient Capital Society officially included Zhengzhou as the eighth historical capital in light of new archaeological findings dating from the early Shang dynasty.

More detail about the ancient capitals of China at Wikipedia: 

Main Tourist Attractions in the Itinerary:


Muslim Corner, the Great Mosque in the Huajue Lane, Out view of Bell Tower (the landmark of Xian) and Drum Tower, Famen Temple (with the true finger bone sarira of Buddha Sakyamuni), Qianling Mausoleum (built by 684 AD, the tombs complex for Gaozong (649–683), the 2nd emperor of Tang dynasty and his wife Wu Zetian, the only female emperor in China, and some member of the imperial family of the Tang dynasty, include Prince Yide), Small Wild Goose Pagoda (UNESCO World Heritage), Xian Museum, Xi’an City Wall, Shaanxi History Museum, Big Wild Goose Pagoda (UNESCO World Heritage) and Dacien Temple (Temple of Great Maternal Grace), Terracotta Warriors and Copper Carriage for the Emperor Qinshihuang (UNESCO World Heritage).

Experience in the Itinerary: 

* Enjoy the marvel of China Ancient Metallurgical Technology – Copper Carriage for the Emperor Qinshihuang around 2300 year ago and the Worlds No.8 Wonder – Terracotta Warriors.

* Admire the real finger bone of Buddha Sakyamuni.

* Know more about the over 5000 years Chinese history at Shaanxi History Museum and Xian Museum.

Day 1
Shanghai-Xian by Bullet Train, Tour in Xian
Accommodation:Overnight in Xian
You will make your own way to the railway station in Shanghai by yourselves, taking the bullet train from Shanghai to Xi’an (around 7 hours on the way). Upon your arrival, you will meet your local guide and driver, transfer to downtown Xi’an and visit the Muslim quarter, well-protected old Xian streets. Covering many blocks and inhabitated by over 20,000 Muslims, Muslim quarter is a very large area of well-preserved old Xian streets, alleyways with some elaborate Mosques, ancient courtyards, local specialty stores, local food restaurants, a vegetable market in the current middle west old Xian city, by the side of the Bell Tower and Drum Tower, the landmark of Xian (you will enjoy the out view of these towers).


There are around ten mosques in the area, among which the Great Mosque in the Huajue Laneis the most famous and popular, you will visit this Great Mosque.


Day 2
One Day Tour to the West Part of Xian
Accommodation:Overnight in Xian

Today you will drive to the west of Xian city to visit Famen Temple (with the true finger bone sarira of Buddha Sakyamuni) and Qianling Mausoleum (built by 684 AD, the tombs complex for Gaozong (649–683), the 2nd emperor of Tang dynasty and his wife Wu Zetian, the only female emperor in China, and some member of the imperial family of the Tang dynasty, include Prince Yide).

Covering an area of about 86,667 square meters, Famen Temple is located 120 kilometers to the west of Xian. Constructed at the end of the Eastern Han Dynasty (25AD-220AD), Famen Temple gained its fame in the Northern Wei Dynasty (368-534), rose up in the Sui Dynasty (581-618), reached to its heyday in Tang Dynasty (618-907) and hailed as "Royal Temple". The temple is known and respected for a Buddhist sacred land where the phalanx sarira of Sakyamuni (founder of Buddhism) was enshrined and worshiped.


On 16 Oct 2014, the World Fellowship of Buddhists held its 27th General Conference in the temple marking a milestone as its the first time the conference is held in China.

The true finger bone sarira of Buddha Sakyamuni

According to Buddhist sutras, 1 parietal bone, 1 phalanx, 2 shoulder blades, 4 teeth and many spherical sariras were found after the cremation ceremony of Sakyamuni. Some of them were brought to China during Tang Dynasty and enshrined in grand temples. Eight of the Tang emperors invited the phalanx sarira to the imperial palace to enshrine and worship for six times. After the last invitation in 847, this sarira was sealed up in the underground underneath the pagoda and did not revealed to the world until 1987.

From 5–12 May 1987, after the opening of an underground palace, four relics claimed to be directly related to Buddha were found. Two of these were made of white jade. The third relic was from a famous monk. These three are called "duplicate relics". They were placed together with a "true relic" in order to protect them. The true relic is yellow-colored, with bone-like secretory granules. It was declared by expert to be a finger bone of Buddha Sakyamuni. Thereafter, Famen Temple became a Buddhist place of pilgrimage due to the discovery of what is claimed as a true relic of Buddha. 


Qianling Mausoleum 

About 80 kilometers northwest of the city of Xi’an, built by 684 (with additional construction until 706), this mausoleum complex is for the 3rd emperor of Tang dynasty Li Zhi, who was later known as Gaozong (649–83), and his empress, Wu Zetian, who usurped the Tang throne and became Chinas only reigning female emperor from 690–705. Qianling is the most typical and best preserved of all the 18 Tang mausoleums. It is renowned for its many Tang dynasty stone statues located above ground and the mural paintings adorning the subterranean walls of the tombs.


Besides there are three famous satellite tombs of Qianling Mausoleum-the tomb of Princess Yong Tai, the tomb of Crown Prince Zhang Huai and the tomb of Crown Prince Yi De. A lot of murals were discovered. They can be regarded as masterpieces of painting from Tang dynasty.


Day 3
Tour in Xian
Accommodation:Overnight in Xian

Today in the morning, you will visit Small Wild Goose Pagoda, which is the UNESCO world heritage, one of two significant pagodas in Xian, the site of the old Han and Tang capital Changan.  (Tourist will get into the temple to have a close look at the pagoda. But do not include stepping up the pagoda.) The another notable pagoda is the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Originally built in 652 and restored in 704. The pagoda is not as famous as the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, but is more peaceful and tranquil. The Small Wild Goose Pagoda was built between 707–709, during the Tang dynasty under Emperor Zhongzong of Tang (705–710). The pagoda has a brick frame built around a hollow interior, and its square base and shape reflect the building style of other pagodas from the era.


Inside the pagoda, a narrow wooden stairway winds its way to the top, requiring quite an effort by those making the ascent. Children and seniors with poor physical condition are not recommended to ascend. Additionally, it is hard for larger people to pass through the narrow stairway on the upper floors. 

There is a small open platform on the top due to the missing two floors. Please be aware that it is very small, allowing only ten people at one time. For tourists successfully reaching the top, it is a special experience to have a bird’s eye view of the whole temple through the broken top. One can even see a panoramic view of the ancient city of Xian on clear days. 

But stepping up the pagoda is not always open to tourists. So we do not include the cost to step up inside the pagoda this time. 

Tourists can also learn about the history and culture of Xian by visiting the Xian Museum in the southwest of the temple. You can find a large wood model of the ancient Changan city (current Xian), the capital of the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD).


Afterwards, you will visit the ancient Xian City Wall. Built between 1374 and 1378, making it over 600 years old, it is the most well-preserved, most complete oldest city wall that has survived in China, as well being one of the largest ancient military defensive systems in the world. Along the top of the wall is a walkway, which would typically take 4 hours to cover on foot. 

Located in the center of Xian City, the ancient City Wall is rectangular in shape and has a total length of around 14 kilometers long. The wall encloses an area of about 14 square kilometres. The city wall measures 12 meters high, 15-18 meters wide at the base and 12-14 meters wide at the top. It has four main gates: Changle Gate in the east, Anding Gate in the west, Yongning Gate in the south and Anyuan Gate in the north. 

Pls Note: Tourists can rent and ride a bicycle on the Wall.


After lunch, tourists will visit Shaanxi History Museum. Shaanxi Province is one of the important areas where Chinese nation lived and multiplied and also one of the cradles and development places of Chinese civilization. The rich cultural legacy and profound cultural heritage formed the Shaanxi unique historical cultural features. Built in 1983 and opened to the public on 20 June 1991, Shaanxi History Museum is China’s first large-scale modern national museum. The museum houses over 370,000 precious relics which were unearthed in Shaanxi Province, including bronze wares, pottery figures, and mural paintings in Tang tombs, as well as bronze, gold, and silver objects, dating from the simple stone that human used at the initial stage in ancient times down to all kinds implements in social life before 1840; the time span covers more than one million years. The cultural relics are rich in number and types and have high grade and wide value, among which Shang Dynasty bronze is exquisite; terracotta figurines of past dynasties are of varied types and postures; gold and silver ware of Han and Tang Dynasty is unique across the country; wall paintings of Tang tomb have no equals in this world. It is called a collection of variety of boutiques carnival.

(Please note: The Museum is closed on every Monday.) 


The last place tourists will visit today is Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Dacien Temple (Temple of Great Maternal Grace) around it.  (You will get into the temple to have a close look at the pagoda, but do not include stepping up the pagoda.) The Pagoda was built in 652 AD, Chinese-style architecture combined with Buddhist historic statues, murals and scriptures, topped off by the best panoramic view over Xi’an.


Day 4
Tour in Xian, Xian - Shanghai by Bullet Train

Today is the highlight of this tour. You will appreciate one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the 20th century, the Terracotta Warriors and Copper Carriage for the Emperor Qinshihuang which is around 40 km / 50 minutes drive to the east of Xian city.

The Terracotta Army is the buried army of Qin Shi Huang, the emperor who united whole China and died in 210 BC. This army was made of clay and constructed to protect him in the afterlife. They are around life-size tall, with commanders in the army being the tallest. Although now looks in grey, in fact, they were decorated beautifully when they were made out. Now there are still some colorful pieces of terracotta army sculptures being discovered, but they should be immediately protected in advanced scientific means.

The sculptures are so detailed that it is possible to guess the age, rank and personality of each one. None of the soldiers are the same. Some carry weapons such as daggers, bows and arrows, swords, spears or axes.

The figures include warriors, generals, chariots and horses. Estimates from 2007 were that the 3 pits containing the Terracotta Army held more than 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots with 520 horses and 150 cavalry horses, the majority of which remained buried in the pits nearby Qin Shi Huangs mausoleum. Other terracotta non-military figures were found in other pits, including officials, acrobats, strongmen and musicians.

The Terracotta Army was listed as the UNESCO World Heritage site in 1987. "the tomb is the largest in Chinese history, with a unique standard and layout, and a large number of exquisite funeral objects. It testifies to the founding of ... the Qin Dynasty, which during the 3rd BCE, wielded unprecedented political, military and economic power and advanced the social, cultural and artistic level of the empire. ", valued by UNESCO.


Afterwards, drive to the railway station in Xian at noon. Say Goodbye to Xian and your guide in Xian, and take the bullet train back to Shanghai, around 7 hours on the way.

Note: Visiting time,transporting time and the duration of shows and meals in the above itinerary are for reference only and will be subject to change accoring to the real situation.

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Single Room Supplement: CNY 480

* For 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 people travel together, there will be one person staying in one room. So the single room supplement will be added on the above quotation for one person if 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 people travel together.

Price includes:

1. 2nd class seat bullet train ticket between Shanghai to Xian.

2. Private van in Xian with parking fee and highway fee.

3. 4-star standard hotel in Xian with breakfast (2 people stay in one room)

* But for 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 people travel together, there will be one person staying in one room. So the single room supplement will be added on the above quotation for one person if 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 people travel together.

4. Private local English speaking guide in Xian

6. Entrance ticket to the attractions as listed in the itinerary.
7. Tour accident insurance.


Price excludes:

Lunch & dinner (Please ask the guide & driver to take the lunch with you. Otherwise please give RMB30 per lunch to the guide and driver respectively.)

Personal expenses such as drinks, shopping.


* Tips is highly appreciated but not requested.


No national guide service. 


Please Note:

1. Child under the age of 12 may have discount.

2. This tour package can be fully customizable to fit your travel plan.

3. The tour itinerary described above may change or cancel because of force majeure. If because of force majeure or any conditions and/or situation which are not under the control of Shanghai Elite Tours happens (such as the problem of airlines, train, ship, public bus and any other public traffic means, the sudden change of weather, temporary road problem…) and/or accidental situation such as tourists will endanger the personal safety and property safety problem, and/or any other accidental situation which are unforeseen, unavoidable and insurmountable by Shanghai Elite Tours, this tour can not be accomplished as scheduled, Shanghai Elite Tours will not bear the responsibility.

4. The sequence of the activities in the itinerary maybe will be changed according to the situation.

5. In principle, the working hour of the driver and guide (include meal time) is not over 10 hours. (except the service time in the itinerary is listed to be over 10 hours).

The car can only be used according to the itinerary listed in the itinerary.

6. Tourists must bring their passport (for foreign tourist) or Chinese ID card (for local Chinese) in the tour.

7. Tourists should pay attention to the safety during the tour and the during the time when tourists arrange the activities themselves (such as during the meal time, shopping time, rest time, go to toilet and taking bath at hotel and so on…)

8. Shanghai Elite Tours is NOT a medical institution, and can only provide the tour and/or trip and/or conference service (if any). Every tourist should also know the health situation of them own, and tourists should guarantee their health condition can meet the needs of this tour.

9. Guide and/or driver represent Shanghai Elite Tours only when the guide and/or driver serve tourists according to the Itinerary. If tourist asks guide and/or driver to add more service item and this kind of item does not been approved by Travel Service Company in written form, Travel Service Company will not take any responsibility to the added item.
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