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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.

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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    4.8132 Reviews
    Della
    United Kingdom
    Posted on August 19, 2019
    The Xi’an day tour to City Wall was well arranged and well served. The guide was very enthusiastic and professional with a vivid explanation. Cycling on the city wall was a pretty interesting activity. An interesting and full day. It's highly recommended.
    Lavallee
    Italy
    Posted on August 19, 2019
    After this Xi’an trip, I knew that the tour guide was very hard. In order to keep tourists away from peak traffic, our guide Jacky got up early and queued up to buy tickets, and I was quite grateful. Thanks again for his service and I look forward to returning to China soon. I would definitely go to Xi'an to visit and I hope to meet Jacky again. It is highly recommended!
    Stephen
    USA
    Posted on August 18, 2019
    This Xi’an day tour to City Wall left an indelible impression. With 14 kilometers in length, the Xi'an City Wall is the landmark of the ancient capital Xi'an, and it is also the most complete ancient city wall preserved so far in China. It was built on the basis of the imperial city wall of the Tang Dynasty, including a series of facilities such as the moat and the corner tower. And our guide, a beautiful girl, took care of the old and children and gave us a comprehensive introduction on scenic spots. I really got a lot out of this trip. I highly recommend it! ... More
    Lily
    United Kingdom
    Posted on August 17, 2019
    We had a joyful Xi’an day trip to Terracotta Army. Our guide was a Chinese handsome young man. He did a good job. I would treasure the hours I spent in Xi'an!
    George
    New Zealand
    Posted on August 16, 2019
    The itinerary was reasonable. My parents liked the guide very much. She provided many useful suggestions and help us. Moreover, her introduction of scenic spots was clear and detailed, which made us learn a lot about Chinese culture... I took pleasure in traveling with my parents!
    Rakesh Pearce
    Australia
    Posted on August 14, 2019
    The guide was very kind. He led us to visit all the famous attractions. Very satisfied a trip! I was glad to recommend the Xi'an tours to my friends!
    Anastasiya
    Russia
    Posted on August 14, 2019
    Xi'an had always been the city I yearn for. Fortunately, I went to the desired city with my friends several days ago, and the trip was smooth and joyful! Thank you, our guide Koko, for queuing up early to buy tickets for us. She carefully arranged the whole journey. Thanks a lot! I would like to choose TravelChinaGuide next time!
    Ashank Sobol
    Canada
    Posted on August 12, 2019
    The guide’s service was very thoughtful and his explanation was very detailed. There were too many travelers on weekends, but the guide provided a perfect trip plan. Generally, it's OK.
    Daniel Patel
    Australia
    Posted on August 12, 2019
    The guide Lily provided a warm and appropriate service for every visitor. Everyone thought that was a memorable trip!
    Christiane
    Canada
    Posted on August 11, 2019
    Our tour guide was a beautiful girl with a sweet smile. I like her attention to detail and her enthusiasm. She did a good job. I would like to recommend this Xi'an trip to City Wall!
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