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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 tours. Also, you can extend your Xian trip to Luoyang, Chengdu, Pingyao and Lanzhou by convenient high-speed trains.

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When is the best time to take Xian vacation packages?

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 take a China Xian tour 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 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 travel package 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 Xian tour packages. 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. 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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    4.8183 Reviews
    Posted on December 04, 2019
    The first time I went to Xi’an was 5 years ago. The ancient capital of Xi'an had undergone great changes! It was interesting to see these changes and the city was becoming more modern! We were all very happy and looking forward to visiting Xi'an again. With the tour guide, we re-recognized the charm of the ancient capital of the thirteen dynasties. The guide was kind and experienced, which made me feel the enthusiasm of Xi'an people. Quite satisfactory a trip!
    Posted on December 02, 2019
    As Xi'an is an ancient city with a long history, visiting the ancient scenic spots required the background of cultural knowledge. So before visiting the scenic spots, our guide introduced historical stories and folk customs to us in detail, so that we can better understand the historical value of each scenic spot. Thank for the hospitality and care provided by TravelChinaGuide. I highly recommend it!
    Edward Charles
    United Kingdom
    Posted on November 28, 2019
    This was the second time that I booked a group tour on TravelChinaGuide. It was still as satisfying as before! The service of the driver and the tour guide were very in place and intimate, which let us very moved. We had the same driver and tour guide in this Xi’an 4 days tour. After the trip, we were sent to the airport. The comprehensive arrangement of TravelChinaGuide was fairly attentive and satisfactory. Thank you for looking after us so well! And it was trustworthy and recommendable!
    Posted on November 24, 2019
    Finally, I went to Xi'an! I was satisfied with the bed-and-breakfast hotel. We visited the long-awaited Terracotta Warriors and Horses and climbed the famous mountain Mt. Huashan in China. Our tour guide was enthusiastic, considerate and dedicated. She took us around with great energy every day and I really liked her!
    Lynne Wright
    Posted on November 21, 2019
    The journey was cool! This Xi’an 2 days tour to Terracotta Army, Yangling Mausoleum was suitable for family and friends to visit with. The guide’s warm hospitality made us happy. Such an unforgettable journey of Xi'an culture! The excellent explanations were detailed and comprehensive so that we can better understand the unique charm of the thousand-year-old capital. We all felt that Xi’an is not merely a modern metropolis, but a city with traditional Chinese and local culture. I love it!
    Posted on November 20, 2019
    Lola was an excellent guide. He provided us with important information of the places visited. Very kind and nice. We were picked up early at the airport and returned to the airport in the afternoon with enough time. The driver very attentive too. We highly recommend the tour.
    Vrinda McKenna
    Posted on November 18, 2019
    The ancient city of Xi'an was prosperous and beautiful! The combination and interaction between ancient historical buildings and modern buildings became a beautiful landscape in city. Besides that, there were many kinds of delicious snacks! The magnificent scenery of Terracotta Warriors and Horses and the beautiful scenery of the Big Wild Goose Pagoda… These perfect experiences of attracting scenic spots were inseparable from the guide’s warm and careful responsibility. So thank you for arranging the trip so well! Well, don't miss the beauty of the charming city! ... More
    Michael Franklin
    Posted on November 14, 2019
    I was very excited and happy to go to China with my friends. Tour guides were enthusiastic, thoughtful and interesting. I had always wanted to visit Xi'an, and to visit the world's miracle Terracotta Army. Thanks to this opportunity, I finally realized my dream! After the 3-day Beijing journey, we went to the beautiful ancient city of Xi'an. These ancient buildings of Beijing and Xi’an demonstrated the brilliance of China's ancient culture. The itinerary of this 6 days tour of Beijing and Xi'an was very well arranged. This trip made me enjoy the different customs and cultures around China. In a word, this trip was very unique and worth taking! ... More
    Peter Cruz
    Posted on November 10, 2019
    The service of the tour guide was thoughtful, especially for elderly visitors. The travel schedule was scientific and reasonable. Proper planning and preparation would help us have a safe and memorable trip! Humorous and interesting introduction of scenic spots gave us an easy and clear understanding of the complex and varied Chinese culture. I really got a lot out of this unforgettable trip. I highly recommend it!
    Noah Lam
    Posted on November 07, 2019
    Our tour guide was very informative. She often reminded us of tour matters needing attention. Early in the morning, she queued up to buy tickets so that we could get into the scenic spots earlier and had more time to visit. There was plenty of time for each attraction. Besides, the tour guide gave us detailed explanations, so that we can better understand the historical city of Xi'an. This tour was really satisfying and highly recommended!
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