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Itinerary Name: 3 Days Tour to Xian from Shanghai, Bullet Train between Shanghai and Xian
Day 1
Shanghai-Xian by Bullet Train, Tour in Xian
Meal:Lunch
Hotel: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
Tour in Xian
Meal:Lunch
Hotel:Overnight in Xian

Today in the morning, you will visit Small Wild Goose Pagodawhich 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 3
Tour in Xian, Xian - Shanghai by Bullet Train
Meal:Lunch
Hotel:

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.