XA01-03: Terracotta Warriors Day Tour from Shanghai

Airport to Terracotta Army to City Wall to Muslim Quarter to Airport
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There are frequent flights between Shanghai and Xi'an, so it is quite easy and convenient to take a Xi'an day trip from Shanghai to see the Terracotta Army. As well, high-speed trains and overnight soft sleeper trains are available for travel between the two cities, taking about 7 and 15 hours respectively. Whether you travel by air or rail for your Shanghai to Xi'an tour, you are expected to arrive in Xi'an before 09:00 am. For travelers who plan to travel by air, flight CZ9097 0645/0925 and MU2335 0645/0925 are both good choices. If you decide to take an overnight train, you can choose T116 1533/0812+1, Z252 1552/0757+1 or D306 2255/1005+1.

Our English-speaking guide and experienced driver will pick you up from the airport, railway station or your self-booked hotel in Xi'an on time and take you to the Terracotta Army Museum. The drive is about one hour. Following our guide, you will not only stand in awe of more than 8,000 life-sized terracotta warriors and horses, but also learn the legendary stories of Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of ancient China. After 2.5 hours' sightseeing, you could enjoy a hearty lunch on your own at a nearby restaurant, following the advice from our considerate guide.
Marvel at the spectacular Terracotta Warriors of 2,000 years ago
After a short break, you will be transferred back to downtown Xi'an and pay a visit to China's largest and best-preserved City Wall. With a total length of 14 kilometers (9 miles), the rectangular City Wall was built about 600 years ago to encircle the city center for defensive purposes. A relaxing walk on the wall is a must-do for leisure travelers. For a better view of the Xi'an cityscape, you can also choose to ride a bike or take a battery car at your own expense. Then this Terracotta Warrior tour from Shanghai continues to the bustling Muslim Quarter for you to experience the vibrant market life of Xi'an. A variety of snack stands, restaurants and handicraft shops are lined along the lanes of the block, waiting for your discovery. 

Your Xi'an tour from Shanghai concludes here. Our guide and driver will escort you back to your self-booked hotel in Xi'an. If you are going to leave Xi'an the same day, a comfortable ride will take you to the airport or train station on time. Please note that booking a flight departing after 20:00 or a train leaving after 19:00 is advised. To get back to Shanghai, we suggest you take flight FM9204 2000/2215 to arrive at Hongqiao Airport or MU2169 2100/2335 to arrive at Pudong Airport. You can also choose train T118 2015/1330+1, Z166 20:44/11:51+1 or D308 1944/0626+1 for your return journey.

Attention: For this day trip, flights or trains to and out of Xi'an are not included in our quoted prices. If you need us to book it for you, please let us know freely when you fill in the tour inquiry or tell your travel consultant via email. Thank you.

Meals: No meals, advice freely available 
Tour Highlights
Terracotta Army
Reputed as the Eighth Wonder of the World, the Terracotta Army was the greatest archaeological discovery in the 20th century when it was accidentally unearthed by a few peasants who intended to dig a well. The Museum of Terracotta Warriors and Horses was built over the site to protect the national treasures. More than 8,000 life-sized pottery figures are arranged in three pits. All figures have different facial expressions, hairstyles and uniforms. There are also bronze chariots and horses, as well as weapons excavated along with the warriors, which are still in good shape after more than 2,000 years' erosion. This awe-inspiring Terracotta Army was buried together with Qin Shi Huang to guard this great emperor in his afterlife.
Terracotta Army Museum
A kneeling warrior displayed in the museum
City Wall
As the most symbolic structure of Xian, the City Wall is a historical monument built in 1370. As the largest and best-preserved City Wall in China, it has stood intact for over 600 years to protect the central part of the ancient capital. Near the four City Gates, visitors can rent bikes to cycle along the wall; bikes can be returned at any gate of the four. Travelers who want to tour around in an energy-saving way can take a battery car to see the cityscape at their own expense.
Enjoy cycling on the City Wall
See locals playing Tai-chi near the wall
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  • Private English-speaking guide
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    4.79 Reviews
    Posted on August 16, 2020
    This trip gave me a deeper understanding of Xi'an's history and culture. The tour guide Lily had a wonderful explanation and good service. Highly recommend!!!
    Posted on July 05, 2020
    Our guide Tracy organized everything well and the driver drove safely. We were very satisfied with their service. In fact, I was very nervous as it was for the time to book a trip via the Internet. But this trip exceeded all my expectations. The company provided excellent value for the money.
    Posted on May 31, 2020
    We were happy with the Xi’an day tour and we couldn’t recommend the brilliant Terracotta Army more. It was also very exciting and interesting to cycle on the City Wall. We all appreciated our guide Koko for her clear and professional introduction to the attractions and Xi’an. No shopping detour!
    Hans Laurie
    Posted on March 13, 2020
    The Xi’an day trip to Terracotta Army provided an unforgettable memory. Our guide Carol was a fluent English speaker and she is very professional. She picked us up at the airport on time and explained the Terracotta Army to City Wall and Muslim Quarter in detail. The Terracotta Army was more splendid and fantastic than I had expected and I learnt a lot of knowledge about Xi’an. I will definitely travel with TCG on our next trip to China!!
    Siman Jensen
    United Kingdom
    Posted on January 01, 2020
    I had no hesitation in recommending the Xi’an day tour to City Wall and TravelChinaGuide to my family and friends. The scenic spots and service and ability of the guide were superb. Our guide Koko was also a good guide.
    United States
    Posted on November 20, 2019
    It was certainly worth a visit to the Terracotta Warriors Museum. I was fairly impressed with the mighty momentum of it. I was delighted that I was able to make the trip to Xi’an and I really enjoyed my time! I strongly recommended TravelChinaGuide!
    Mark Conde
    New Zealand
    Posted on October 09, 2019
    It was my first time to visit China and the first time I booked a tour on TCG. It was a fairly satisfying Xi’an day trip! The thoughtful and punctual pick-up service, the reasonable and scientific itinerary and the professional and cordial guide, all of these added joy to my trip. I really enjoyed my time on this indelible trip!
    Pekka Karanikas
    Posted on August 20, 2019
    It was very convenient to travel with the group, and the Xi’an day tour was also very joyful! The schedule was compact and not very tired. The tour guide was patient and meticulous and took good care of every tourist, especially the old people and children. It was worth mentioning that the tour guide also can perform the Qin Opera, which makes us very surprised and happy.
    David and Schaan Cohen
    Posted on December 03, 2018
    Lily-our guide for the day-was excellent starting with a prompt arrival at our hotel then a streamlined transport and tour around the Terracotta Warriors and Xi-an markets/Muslim Mosque.
    At all times Lily gave us an intelligent and interesting overview to each activity. She was relaxed and also had a good sense of humour.
    There is no way we would have received the information from conducting our own self tour.
    We would definitely recommend Lily and the Tour operator to our friends and colleagues.
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