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Xian is virtually a living history book recording great events from China's past. The Terracotta Warriors and City Wall are truly highlights for your private Xian vacation packages. You can also extend your trip to Luoyang, Chengdu, Pingyao and Lanzhou from Xian by the 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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    4.912 Reviews
    Ann R
    United States
    Posted on January 17, 2019
    Our guide in Xi'an was extremely knowledgeable and was very helpful in being responsible to our needs. She was also very patient and attentive, flexible. She make our stay in Xi'an one of the best parts of our trip.
    Posted on January 11, 2019
    The guide was excellent and went out of her way to help us especially with my mother who is 80. She did not rush us and was full of interesting information. The driver was good and the van was clean and comfortable. The food was ok and we preferred the dumplings.

    The hotel was very comfortable and overall we enjoyed our trip and will use this company again if we return to China.
    Posted on January 09, 2019
    My husband and I visited Xi'an for a long weekend in early December and used Travel China Guide to arrange for a private tour of Xi'an which included their famous Terra Cotta warriors. This is a place that I have wanted to visit ever since I heard about them. I had also looked on Travel China Guide's website to determine what other city sites we wanted to include in our tour. Ruby at Travel China Guide worked with us via email to arrange for the tour and to include the other Xi'an sites we were interested in. She was very helpful and professional in her emails.

    On the day of the tour, Tracy and our driver meet us at our hotel and we had an amazing tour. Tracy was very knowledgeable about the warriors and had many stories to tell about them. Her English was excellent! We also arrived in time to meet the farmer who found the warriors. He autographed the information book we bought at the tourist shop and took a picture with us! We would never have known about that had it not been for Tracy! We did not feel rushed on our tour and Tracy was quite helpful pointing out places to stand for good views and pictures of the warriors. This is definitely a MUST see site when you visit China - it is incredible! It was also so nice to have a private guide and not be part of one of the large groups that we saw during our visit.

    We also enjoyed seeing the small Wild Goose Pagoda and walking along the city wall in spite of the cold weather. At the end of the tour, we asked Tracy and the driver to drop us off at the drum and bell towers which they did. They also told us how to reach the Muslin Street that we wanted to visit on our own. It was an amazing day and we were very happy with the tour arrangements, tour guide, and driver.

    We also used tcg to buy our train tickets to/from Xi'an and to arrange other weekend trips during our 2 months in China and were always pleased with their service. We would highly recommend them!
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    Maria H
    Posted on January 05, 2019
    I had a very pleasant experience during my Xian trip. First about my pre service: I was very pleased and impressed by how professionally and quickly all my questions and concerns were handled, even with the high level of uncertainty my trip had. Thanks a lot.

    Second about the tour details:

    1- About the food, the restaurant I was taken to was clean and nice, the food was ok as well, but it was "europeanized" Chinese, maybe for a lot of people that's convenient but I would have loved something more local people's style.

    2- Guides: I went around with only one guide of course, Lily. She was very professional and very nice, she has a real good knowledge of the history of the places we've been to, she told me a lot about them. She was also generally a very pleasant company. Her command of English was great as well. I had a really nice day and enjoyed my travel a lot. Big thanks to Lily from me.

    3- Cars: The car was clean and comfy and the driver was good.

    I would def. recommend to any of my friends who wants to travel around China. See you on my next visit.
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    United States
    Posted on January 03, 2019
    Our trip to Xian was a wonderful experience thanks to our furnished guide Lilly and the driver. Lilly spoke english very well and was so energetic and knowledgeable. She took excellent care of us from beginning until we departed. The driver's van was so attractive, neat, and clean. We enjoyed all of the food except we were a little mystified by the meal at the dinner theatre. Our waitress was very busy and we weren't sure exactly what our dishes consisted of - but the wonderful show made up for everything with beautiful costumes and great music. I would and have recommended Travel China Guide company to everyone as the best China has to offer. They have made our stay in Xian city an experience that we will always cherish. ... More
    Posted on January 01, 2019
    Great! Just one downsize- the driver didt took us through highway- by secondary roads that made our trip longer
    James Dowden
    South Africa
    Posted on December 29, 2018
    I would like to thank all at TCG I have had one of the most wonderful experiences for vacation I have ever had. Right from the word go, when I was met at the airport until the guide Tracy waved me good-bye.

    The hotel was excellent, the choice of restaurants and food excellent. The different places we visited were well planned and thought through. Tracy the guide was extremely friendly, knowledgeable, considerate and was flexible. She made the whole trip an absolute pleasure and seemed to make the whole experience run as if it was a well oiled machine. She is a credit to TCG organization.

    Next year I will taking another holiday for between 14 - 20 days and I will most certainly be coming to China Travel Guide to organise. One again, thanks for a truly great experience.
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    Posted on December 26, 2018
    Remarks: Xian Guided Tour

    1. Guide Service: Good on service attitude, language and knowledge would be excellent rate.

    2. Hotel Managed: Good but would prefer a new hotel room

    3. Meals arranged: would be rated an excellence for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Our guide is very cooperative and very willing to afford and give satisfaction to her guest. She is very mindful to the wish of her guest likes and dislikes

    4. Service of the driver and the hygiene: Driver is very kind, courteous and neat at the same time. He speaks a few English words. He helps his guest get in and out of the coach. Suggestion for coach should be more comfortable and spacious. Because travelers should get more setting room while traveling

    5. The value for the price: I paid would be acceptable and reasonable at the same time

    6. I would definitely recommend the tour I have experienced to my friends.

    7. Our lady guide Susan is very courteous, kind, speaks English very well, she gives detailed tour background. She enriches us with her knowledge about Chinese history.

    8. I will try my best to introduce Xian tours to my friends here in the Philippine as well in the United States. The manager is very accommodating and reliable.
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    Janet J
    Posted on December 26, 2018
    Outstanding introduction to the fascinating history of Xian. A truly unforgettable experience. Thank you!
    Posted on December 25, 2018
    The guide, Carol was very nice. Our flight was delayed and she had to adapt to the new situation. She did that very well. On Sunday morning she was able to get tickets for the museum. That museum is a MUST. Her english is excellent. We had the feeling that she knew her job very well and did it very well.

    Nice driver. Always waiting for us with a smile. The tour was very well organized. The guide adapted the visits according to our requests. The hotel situated in the center of the city was a good choice. Overall we are very happy. ... More
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