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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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    4.899 Reviews
    Christine Zim-K
    Posted on July 12, 2019
    It was our second tour with Travel China Guide and again we were surprised, how perfect everything is organized. Before leaving: whenever we had a question by email: on same day we received the answer! For a future trip , we will certainly choose again Travel China Guide.
    Stephanie K
    Posted on July 09, 2019
    I enjoyed every aspect of my trip.
    The guides were energetic and also knowledgeable.
    The buses were clean and comfy and the bus drivers friendly.:)
    The meals were fantastic!!!! Loved all the food. Great environment and service was generally quick except for our 1st lunch but these things happen. :)
    The hotel in Beijing was spectacular! No complaints! The one in Xian was nice but they need to fix their plumbing as I think quite a few of us had problems with toilets and showers. But they were still both great and comfy hotels with excellent service :)
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    Karen Rideout
    Posted on July 04, 2019
    What can I say about Jacky, our guide? He was a special gift to us. He loves his job and it shows. His knowledge of all the sites we visited was incredible. He delivered a wealth of information in a way that is very interesting, not boring. He was extremely attentive to us. He remembered information about us. My husband was ill and Jacky helped us to find a pharmacy to get him medication. We felt very well cared for and greatly appreciated Jacky doing this for us. He was very patient with my attempts at the challenging Chinese language and taught me many new words. He has a warm personality and a great sense of humors.

    In Canada many companies reward this worker with "Employee of the Month" awards. If I could, I would give one to Jacky. I hope this company is aware that Jacky is an excellent guide. We came to Xian for a trip of this beautiful city. I am pleased to Jacky. We had one of the best trips of our lives. We started our trip with a guide Jacky and ended with a guide and friend, Jacky.
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    Fritz A Kempe
    Posted on June 26, 2019
    My wife and I were completely satisfied with the services provided by this company. The guide Susan was exceptionally professional and very polite and extremely helpful, if needed any. The hotel was very good, the Terra Cotta Warriors visit, the main reason for our trip, was everything we had expected. The same can be said about the restaurant lunch, the evening, we enjoyed the Tang Dynasty Dinner Show. On the last day, we had the lunch at Chinese family, which was very enjoyable. All in all this company provided everything, what we had expected. Again Susan was very good and so was our driver. ... More
    Posted on June 22, 2019
    We paid for a one day private Xian trip with guide for three people including airport pick-up and drop-off. Our guide Judy was at the airport as soon as we arrived Xian and everything went rather smoothly from there. Judy knew China's history very well - her English was very good so we had no problems understanding her. She took great group pictures of us and even made sure we had no issue checking in for our flight back to Shanghai that same night. Thank goodness Judy was there to help us check in because the airline couldn't find our booking. In Mandarin she explained to at least three different airline agents why we were on a different flight back. I don't know whether we would have gotten on the flight back to Shanghai if Judy wasn't there to translate for us. We are really thankful for her help. ... More
    Hasan Kazmi
    Posted on June 21, 2019
    Before we left Xi'an we did fill the evaluation form which we got from Tracy. The comments in it were totally voluntary and without any suggestion of Tracy. However, we do not mind reiterating that we were more than satisfied by the service we received from this agency. I think it was outstanding especially because we had the opportunity to compare it with the other agency that we were engaged with on this trip. Well-done.
    Posted on June 18, 2019
    I had an excellent tour with Tracy to the Terracotta Armies. Tracy was engaging, cheerful and knowledgeable. The driver was great - a smooth and comfortable ride. Overall I would highly recommend the tour and in particular, Tracy. Thank you!
    Thomas G
    United States
    Posted on June 16, 2019
    We have thousands of positive words to comment on our holiday.

    Our guide, Carol was wonderful. She spoke excellent English and had very good knowledge of the area and sights that we visited. She managed our time very well, including noticing that we had time available to see more on our last day. She gave us 2 options, with cost and information about what we would see and allowed us to choose between the 2 options. She also had a good sense of when to give us private time on the tours - like allowing us to stroll on the City Wall by ourselves - without a time constraint of when to return. We found this relaxing and enjoyed the time alone together!

    Our driver was also excellent! His vehicle was clean and safe and his driving manner was also safe. He worked well with Carol to adjust to our timing needs. He was always available and nearby when we were ready to go.

    We loved the music and dancing program on Friday evening!

    The restaurants that Carol suggested were good. Our favorite was on Friday, before visiting the Terra Cotta Warriors. It was a very pretty setting and the food and service were good. Our least favorite was lunch on Saturday - the food was fine, but service and restaurant cleanliness was less than perfect because they were hosting a large wedding party during our visit - we felt like we were intruding on the celebration.

    Lastly, the hotel was excellent - as we expected from the Shangri-la! Superb service and facilities.
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    Edward Lim
    Posted on June 13, 2019
    Both we are happy with the trip, we are enlightened and relax in this trip.
    Rosalie Parkey
    United States
    Posted on June 09, 2019
    Good so far.
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