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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.

Vehicles

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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    4.985 Reviews
    Elizabeth Harland
    Australia
    Posted on May 20, 2019
    I would like to say that Lily (my guide) was excellent. She was very professional, kind, informative and a great ambassador for the company and country. The driver was excellent too. His driving skills were professional and he was very courteous and polite. I would have no hesitation in recommending them to my friends, colleagues and family.
    Juiana Miolla
    Brazil
    Posted on May 20, 2019
    SATISFIED.
    Andrea Steinbrenner
    United States
    Posted on May 13, 2019
    Your team has been very helpful and easy to work with as we plan our trip.

    Thank you!
    Norman Yusof & Rosnah Ismail
    Malaysia
    Posted on May 09, 2019
    My wife and me has safely back in Malaysia after a very interesting visit to Xi'an. We would like to say thank you to Cindy for her very prompt replies to all our enquiries and to all the helps and advises that she's rendered for our visits to attractive places in and around Xi'an. Jacky, the guide, and the driver (forgot his name) were also very helpful in providing their services. Thanks again. We'll surely recommend our friends to contact this company if they ever need some helps with their visits to China. ... More
    Beverly
    USA
    Posted on May 08, 2019
    Any questions we had were quickly answered by Angela. Thank you for a great trip!
    Alan & Paula Allphin
    AU
    Posted on May 04, 2019
    We loved our trip to Xian. Our guide Susan and driver were great. Susan was very knowledgeable, sensitive to my 88 year old mother and overall a pleasure to be with. We couldn't have asked for 2 more attentive people. Her service is wonderful and I will be sure to tell friends if they are traveling to China.
    Sh'lair
    UK
    Posted on May 03, 2019
    Many thanks for the tour of Xian. I want to tell all of you how wonderful my driver and Phoebe were. They were excellent! They were flexible with plans, informative. They were always polite, kind and relaxed. They made my traveling experience really fantastic. I was picked up on time everyday. The terracotta warriors and the Muslim area / mosque / city walls were fantastic. I was disappointed that history museum was closed though. That last part of the day was very difficult to fill up as my flight was at 7pm and there was little to do. However the guide made up for it. Many thanks to Phoebe. ... More
    Andrew
    Australia
    Posted on April 30, 2019
    I was lucky to only have one other person on my tour so we basically had our own private personal guide! Lily was very knowledgeable and gave a great background on life in Xi’an as well as all the historical information. The Terracotta Warriors are definitely worth the visit though be prepared for a very crowded experience...there is a crazy amount of people who visit on a daily basis! Overall, even though it was a wet day, it was a great tour which I would recommend.
    Rene Ottlik
    Germany
    Posted on April 29, 2019
    We was very happy with all arrangements trains, tour and service, we highly recommend.
    Eleanore
    Australia
    Posted on April 28, 2019
    It's really a well planed and varied itinerary. It is a pleasure to travel with a guide like Carol who has an excellent command of English. She was a fabulous, best, very good guide. She was full of knowledge and enthusiasm, and she was very proud of Xian. She taught us all about the city and its history. She made sure we were comfortable and safe. Carol helped us find a bookstore, massage and good shopping place. She is friendly, happy, kind and fun. She made our Xian tour wonderful. Our driver was also very efficient and he made us feel safe with his driving ability. We loved Xian. ... More
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