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Xian is virtually a living history book recording great events from China's past. The Terracotta Warriors and the City Wall are truly highlights of your private Xian vacation packages. Also, you can extend your trip to take in Luoyang, Chengdu, Pingyao and Lanzhou from Xian traveling by convenient high-speed trains.

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When is the best time to visit Xian?

As one of the hot tourist destinations abundant with historical relics, Xian is favorable for traveling all the year round. However, in view of the climatic conditions, the best time to visit the city is from March to May and September to October, when the weather is pleasant and sceneries are good. Traveling during the National Day Holiday in the first week of October is not recommended as the main sightseeing spots can be crowded with domestic visitors.

How long should I stay in Xian for a basic vacation package?

For the normal sightseeing, two days are needed to cover the main attractions of the city, including the Terracotta Warriors, City Wall, Wild Goose Pagoda, Provincial History Museum and the Great Mosque. For those who are interested in China's history and wish to explore the city further, you can extend your Xian local tour to the Famen Temple and Qianling Mausoleum, which requires an extra day.

In addition to the historical sites, the natural landscapes around the city are also attractive, among which the marvelous Huashan Mountain is the best known. If you would like to do the Mountain trip, then another private one day tour is required.

I see you arrange a local family visit in Xian. How long is the visit? Also, do I need to bring gift to the family?

To work as travel consultants, we are travelers too. We know that travel is not merely visiting some famous scenic spots, it is also a way of approaching different lifestyle. That's the reason we arrange a local family visit during our unique tours. It is indeed a very good opportunity for clients to get into a residential compound and visit a local family home in a foreign country. Clients will have the authentic home-cooked lunch. If interested, clients can learn to cook Chinese dishes with the hostess.

The family visit including lunch time normally lasts around two hours. There is no need for you to bring gifts to the family. Just feel relaxed, you will know more, learn more, and experience more than you expect. It is highly commended by our former clients who consider that this is the best experience they had in China.

What is the major difference between the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and the Small Wild Goose Pagoda?

Both Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Small Wild Goose Pagoda are the world heritage sites. From the site itself to the historic value, these two pagodas are quite similar.

By contrast, the big one is indeed more popular from the early time, so it is quite commercial and crowded now, and the admission fee increases a lot. The small one with quite peaceful environment and pleasant scenery is different, and especially it also boasts a museum along with. Besides, this site is totally for free, but with equal and even more value to visit.

Your itineraries include some meals but not all, so what is the approximate cost for a meal at a local restaurant if I have it on my own? Is it easy for me to order from a Chinese menu?

The cost for meals depends on the level of the restaurants you choose and the dishes you order. It normally costs around CNY50 per person for one meal at an ordinary restaurant in Xian. Some fancy restaurants cost more, about CNY100 per person or above. Our guide will show you some restaurants near the hotel. Photographic menus are popular at most of the local Chinese restaurants, which makes it easier for you to order dishes on the menu.

What kinds of vehicles would you use for travel?

A responsible travel agency will provide their clients with the optimal services from every aspect. All the vehicles that we use are officially authorized with an operation certificate issued by the Chinese government, and well-equipped with air-conditioning and comfortable seats.

Hereunder we would like to list the types of the vehicles we are using according to the size of the group for your reference.


Ideal No. of Travelers

Besturn (5 seats)

1 to 2

Refine Business (7 seats)

2 to 4

Buick (7 seats)

2 to 4

Toyota Grace (9 seats)

4 to 5

Mercedes Benz Van (12 seats)

5 to 6

Coaster (22 seats)

7 to 12

Yutong (37 seats)

13 to 20

Do our guides and drivers have meals with us?

The guides and drivers will not have meals with clients. However, they will dine at the same restaurant and always be prepared to help you should you need any assistance throughout the entire meal.

For a la carte meals we arrange, your guide will explain the ingredients of the dishes and assist you in ordering the food based on your request and individual preference.

Does your quotation include tipping? Is it a must to tip the guide and driver?

The prices listed on our website do not include tips. Tipping the guide and driver is a recognized way of showing appreciation for the service received and now it has become more customary in China's tourism industry. If the guide and driver's services meet or even go beyond your expectation, you can choose to tip them accordingly.

Are Credit Cards widely accepted? Are Debit Cards accepted by merchants, hotels, restaurants throughout China?

Debit Cards are not used commonly for personal consumption in China. Credit Cards are accepted at the hotels, big restaurants and shopping malls in most of the major cities. We would suggest that clients should prepare with a certain amount of Chinese currency on the basis of the travel dates and destinations before leaving as the Chinese RMB is more popularly accepted by merchants, shops and restaurants.

If you happen to run out of cash when you are traveling, you can withdraw money from the ATM machines with your Credit or Debit Card. With regard to the money exchange, most four-star and five-star hotels offer an exchange service for their guests and it can also be done at banks in downtown area. It is a good idea to tell your Bank that you propose to use your card(s) in China before you travel so as to avoid any problems.

What is the best season to visit Mt. Huashan? Can I do it within one day?

The sceneries on Mt. Huashan vary in each of the four seasons. Generally speaking, the best time as well as the peak season for visiting Mt. Huashan is from April to October. Some people may choose to climb the mountain in winter, but it is not recommended by us as the steps can be very slippery on snowy days, which is not safe for visiting.

It is possible to visit the mountain in a day via cable car. There are two cableways, one is North Peak cable car starting from Wamiaogou and the other is the West Peak cable car starting from Donggoukou. Compared with North Peak, it is easier to walk to the South and East Peak from the West Peak.
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    Laura Beatty
    Posted on March 19, 2019
    The travel agent is quick to respond and has been helpful.
    Graziella Kuner
    Posted on March 17, 2019
    In general, my husband and I were very happy with the trip and will certainly contact you again for future trips to China. Our guide (Tracy) was very good. Her English was very good (also the pronunciation) and she had a very good knowledge of all the sites we visited. The driver was very good and the car was always clean. Above all, excellent organization.
    Michel Wets
    Posted on March 14, 2019
    We arrived home yesterday afternoon after a fabulous week in Xian. It is a holiday we will always remember. We had a great time and were very impressed with the Terracotta Warriors Museum. We were also impressed with the English our guide Carol spoke. We did not have any problem understanding her. As I mentioned on the questionnaire (good idea) she asked us to fill out, we were very happy with the flexibility the company showed on such short notice. Also impressive was their communication and confirmation faxes, Excellent!

    It's always a risk to book a trip on such short notice with a company you don't know. It turned out to be more than we could have hoped for. Their excellent service made our trip something to remember with very warm feelings. If we ever come back to China we will surely use this company.
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    Posted on March 13, 2019
    Easy booking, great service, excellent guides. I've used this company three times and will most likely use them again.
    Margaret N Rees
    Posted on March 13, 2019
    We had a brilliant time in Xi'an, a very pleasant stay, guide was resourceful, knowledgeable, interesting and showed initiative. Logistics was smooth and the arranged tours were well thought out.
    Posted on March 11, 2019
    I strongly recommend this travel company. I only had enough time for a 1 day trip (I was in a conference in Beijing), and I am really glad that I chose TCG, because not only it saved me lots of time and effort, but also I received excellent service. They took care of everything: my private guide (Celine) picked me up from the airport with a private car and driver, explained the itinerary and some options while we were leaving the airport, took me to Terracotta army, then off to Buddist Pagoda (which I climbed all the way up), and finally concluding with a visit to the South Gate of the City Wall, after which they drove me back to the airport. Celine not only had extensive knowledge of the sights we visited, but was also very courteous, accommodating (especially with all the pictures I asked her to take of me!), and really helped in having a good time. Thanks, Celine, and thanks Travel China Guide for an excellent experience! ... More
    Gerald M Roberts
    Posted on March 08, 2019
    It was such a memorable moment and the highlight of our visit. The host was gracious and the dishes were excellent. My son and I enjoyed learning a few tricks of cooking from her, and even I bought some delicious cooking sauce from China to cook my dishes at home with our guide's help. We would definitely recommend TCG to our friends. As for our next trip, we would pick a better time of the year to travel, perhaps for Yangtze River Cruises.
    Posted on March 07, 2019
    The tour was well prepared and everything went as expected even though my flight arrived late. Airline and hotel reservations were flawless. The guide's English was excellent and she made the trip fun and informative. Her knowledge was amazing. The driver was courteous and always on time. He was always where he needed to be so we could easily get back to the vehicle. I would definitely use again.
    Miguel & Betty
    Posted on March 06, 2019
    Although a very brief visit to the Terracotta Warriors, It went very well with a Charming and knowledgeable guide and courteous driver. I would highly recommend their service.
    Christopher and Margaret
    Posted on March 05, 2019
    I would like to pass my thanks to all the staff in T.C.G. agency. Their excellent service was highly appreciated by us. The company looked after us tremendously well and everything was extremely satisfactory. I will recommend them to my friends.
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