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2 Days to Visit the Terracotta Army, Banpo Museum and Huaqing Hot Springs

Day 1 Banpo Musuem - Huaqing Hot Spring - Mt. Lishan
Song of Eternal Sorrow Dancing Show
We suggest you start your visit to the highlights of Xi'an eastern tourist route with the Banpo Museum. To arrive at Banpo Museum, you can take Metro Line 1 bound for Fangzhicheng to Banpo Station and leave from exit A. It is easy to find this line in downtown Xi'an. If you start from the North Railway Station, you can first take Metro Line 2 bound for Weiqunan and at Beidajie transfer to the line 1. After leaving the metro station, you will then walk westward for about 5 minutes, turn left and walking southward for 2 minutes to reach the museum. If you start from downtown area, you could find bus No. 105 to Banpo Bowuguan Station or bus No. 15 to Banpo Gongjiao Diaodu Zhan, which refers to Banpo transit hub station. Both of the two stations are within a few minutes walking distance to the museum. Right built on the archeological site, the museum well shows people the Neolithic civilization about 6,000 years ago. The displays are interesting and interactive with descriptions in English. The admission fee is CNY 55 from Mar to Nov, and CNY 40 from Dec to Feb. A normal visit usually takes about 1.5 to 2 hours.

After that, you can head to Huaqing Palace, which is also called Huaqing Hot Spring. The admission fee is CNY120, including Huaqing Hot Spring and Mt. Lishan. Leaving from the entrance of the Banpo Museum, you need to walk northward along the Banpo Road for about 250 meters, turn left at the intersection, continue to walk for 110 meters, and then you will get to Banpo Gongjiao Diaodu Zhan. Here you can take bus No. 307 and get off at Huaqing Hot Spring Station. You will easily find the entrance after walking forward about 100 meters and turning right. Huaqing Palace is one of the most famous ancient royal gardens in China. Early in the Western Zhou Dynasty (11th century BC-711 BC), King You built a palace here to enjoy the hot spring. The palace was rebuilt many times in the subsequent dynasties. In particular, in the Tang Dynasty, Emperor Xuanzong spent each winter in the palace with his favorite concubine Yang Yuhuan. Therefore, Huaqing Hot Spring is also famous for the moving love story between Emperor Xuanzong and Yang Yuyuan. The yearly average temperature here is 13 °C, and the best seasons to visit are spring and autumn.

If you have explored enough of the Huaqing Hot Spring, you can move forward to Mt. Lishan, which can be reached by a 10 minutes' walk. With an altitude of 1,300 meters (4,265 feet) and being covered with pine and cypress, Mt. Lishan has always been a famous site since the ancient times for its beautiful scenery and profound cultural and historical background. If it is sunny, we suggest you enjoy the beautiful sunset on the mountain. Colored by the rosy sun, the mountain becomes more charming and attractive. If you don't want to climb the mountain, a cable car is available for CNY 35 upward, CNY 30 downward, and CNY 60 for a round trip.

You may need a rest place after a full day's tour. There are many economical hotels near the Huaqing Palace. Here we would like to recommend the 3-star Lintong Hotel. You may relax yourself by enjoying a hot spring at the Angsana Xi'an Lintong. At night you can also go to Huaqing Palace to watch the song and dance performance, Song of Eternal Sorrow if interested. The ticket price for the show ranges from CNY 268 to CNY 988 according to different seats. Friendly notice: The show is Mandarin only. But the delicate costumes, stunning light, and magnificent music, which will also show you a glance at the prosperous Tang Dynasty (618 AD to 907 AD), is also a great joy.
Day 2 Emperor Qin Shihuang’s Mausoleum Site Museum
Terracotta Warriors
After checking out of the hotel, you can visit Emperor Qin Shihuang's Mausoleum Site Museum, which includes Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum and Emperor Qin Shihuang's Mausoleum. Take a taxi at a cost of CNY40 or the tourist bus No. 5 (306) at a cost of CNY 3 to the museum. The drive takes about 30 minutes. You will see the eighth world wonder, the terracotta warriors and horses - thousands of life-sized clay soldiers and horses, delicate bronze chariots and horses, as well as bronze weapons and other clay wares. Then you can take the free shuttle bus to visit Emperor Qin Shihuang's Mausoleum, which is one of the best preserved and majestic mausoleums in China.

Afterwards, take the shuttle bus back to the parking lot of Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum and transfer back to Xi'an city by tourist bus No. 5 (306) or bus No. 307. It's more convenient, but it takes more time, about 4 hours to get to the city center. In addition, you can take bus No. 613 to Huaqing Hot Spring Station and then take Metro Line 9 to Fangzhicheng Station, which is located in the eastern suburbs of Xi’an. From there you can take Metro Line 1 to the city center. That way, you only need 2 hours of travel time. If you are catching a flight, you can take bus No. 613 at Terracotta Warriors Station and get off at Renminlushizi Station. Walking north about 140 meters and turn right, keep walking for about 200 meters and turn left, you will then get to Lintong Bus Station. Here, you can catch the airport shuttle bus to Xi'an Xianyang International Airport. Again, you can use subway to get to the airport. First you may take bus No. 613 to Huaqing Hot Spring Station, there you will take Metro Line 9 for 11 stops, connect Metro Line 1 at Fangzhicheng Station, then change to Metro Line 2 at Beidajie Station, finally take Metro Line 14 at the North Railway Station. You need to allow at least three hours for a bus or subway ride, so if you're in a hurry, taxi is the best option, it only takes 1.5 hours and the cost is around CNY200. If you need more information, please feel free to drop us an email at any time. We hope you enjoyed your journey.
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Questions & Answers
Asked by Aime from CHINA | Jul. 28, 2017 01:21Reply
how can i reach to terra-cots warriors museum while am in Xi'an?
i want to come to visit Xi'an but how can i reach thereby taking a bus? i knew chinese drivers they can make turns such that you can pay more for them especially when you're a foreigner .
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Answered by Elaine | Jul. 28, 2017 01:54

You are suggested to go to the east square of Xi'an Railway Station to take the tourism bus no.5 (306) to get to the Terracotta Warriors Museum. The ride takes one hour and costs CNY7 per person.
Asked by INA2506 | Mar. 20, 2017 00:19Reply
Transportation from Huaqing Hot Springs to Xi'an Railway station
Please advise Transportation from Huaqing Hot Springs to Xi'an Railway station.

Which bus stop we have to wait for it . Thank you
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Answered by Venessa | Mar. 23, 2017 21:52

You can take Tourism Bus No.5 (306) from Huaqing Hot Spring back to Xi'an Railway Station. The bus comes from Terracotta Army Museum and has a stopover at Huaqingchi Station. It runs from 08:10 to 19:00. The travel time is around 40 minutes and the bus fare is CNY6.
Asked by P AKERS from CANADA | Feb. 16, 2017 18:22Reply
Lishan mtn + Huaqing palace + Song of Undending Sorrow
is the cablecar up the mountain anywhere near nine-dragon lake where the Song of Unending Sorrow show is performed? is it also near the Huaqing palace? are they all together or how far apart? wondering if I can see the Palace, go up the mountain for a city view etc & then the show; that after spending the earlier part of the day at terra cotta warriors & Banpo Neolithic village. I saw on tripadvisor that one can do all 3 in a day.

also is the 70cny mountain fee in addition to the cablecar fee?

is it true there are no buses after the show at 2140 and 2240??? are there many or any taxis at the site for people after the shows? or does this have to be pre-arranged?
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Answered by Tony | Feb. 16, 2017 20:41

Yes. These three places are close to each other and can be reached by walk. You can visit the Mt. Lishan by cable car (1-2 hours), then spend an hour seeing the palace. After having dinner, enjoy the performance in the palace.

The cable car fee is not included in the admission fee of the mountain. The cable car fare is CNY60 for round trip, CNY35 for single uphill trip and CNY30 for single downhill trip. By the way, the coupon ticket for both Lishan and Huaqing Hot Spring is CNY150 per person.

After the show, you can take bus no. 915 to get back to Xi'an but this bus is quite limited. So if there is no bus available, you can take a taxi or charter a car with other visitors to go back. You can find many taxis at the exit of the site.
Asked by SARAHLM | Jan. 29, 2017 10:51Reply
kindly answer for my question, code XA10
hello..two questions, please.
Huaqing hot spring, lishan mountain and Litong Museum are near to each other? just walk is ok?
And is it possible if i go to those three places and terra cotta in one day?
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Answered by Martin | Feb. 02, 2017 21:48

Yes, these three sites are close to each other, within 10 minutes' walking distance. However, it is impossible to visit all the places including the Terracotta Warriors Museum in one day. For one day, I would suggest you visit the Terracotta Warriors and Huaqing Palace, if there is still time, you can climb the Lishan Mountain, but the Lintong Museum is not recommended.
Asked by margaret from USA | Apr. 26, 2016 14:32Reply
Do we need to buy tickets of Terracotta Warriors Museum before we arrive Xi'an?
We will only be in there a short while we have one day when we will see the museum can we purchase our entrance tickets online prior to arriving to be sure we can go to the museum?
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Answered by Richard | Apr. 26, 2016 21:00

I think there is no need to book the tickets in advance unless you will visit the museum during festivals or holidays. You can purchase the tickets on the spot upon arrival.
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