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Terracotta Army & Giant Pandas

5-Day Xi'an, Chengdu

Code:XA08
Type:Private Tour
Departure:Flexible
fr US$719based on 2 adults & 4-star hotels in low season
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Terracotta Army & Giant Pandas

Embark on a fantastic trip to meet historical Xi'an and vibrant Chengdu in 5 days. Explore the World Heritages of Terracotta Army and Big Wild Goose Pagoda to engage with China's brilliant history. Ascend the ancient City Wall to enjoy a panorama of the old city. Then discover bewitching Chengdu with an up-close look to the most lovable giant pandas, a glimpse of local's leisure life and a true taste of Sichuan Cuisine.

Overview
Tour Highlights
  • Discover the awe-inspiring Terracotta Army with over 8,000 life-sized soldiers and horses.
  • Enjoy the stunning panoramic view of old Xi'an from top of 600-year-old City Wall.
  • Admire the solemn Big Wild Goose Pagoda with 1,300 years history.
  • Explore China's golden past in Shaanxi History Museum.
  • Discover local delicacies and Islamic Great Mosque in the bustling Muslim Quarter.
  • Meet China's national treasure giant pandas.
  • Feast on street snacks in Jinli Street and soak up the laidback lifestyle in Wangjiang Park.
  • Learn to cook yummy Sichuan dishes in Sichuan Cuisine Museum.
  • Embark on a high speed Train from Xi'an to Chengdu.

Terracotta Army & Giant Pandas

5-Day Xi'an, Chengdu

Code:XA08
Type:Private Tour
Departure:Flexible
from US$719
Tour Highlights
  • Discover the awe-inspiring Terracotta Army with over 8,000 life-sized soldiers and horses.
  • Enjoy the stunning panoramic view of old Xi'an from top of 600-year-old City Wall.
  • Admire the solemn Big Wild Goose Pagoda with 1,300 years history.
  • Explore China's golden past in Shaanxi History Museum.
  • Discover local delicacies and Islamic Great Mosque in the bustling Muslim Quarter.
  • Meet China's national treasure giant pandas.
  • Feast on street snacks in Jinli Street and soak up the laidback lifestyle in Wangjiang Park.
  • Learn to cook yummy Sichuan dishes in Sichuan Cuisine Museum.
  • Embark on a high speed Train from Xi'an to Chengdu.
Day by Day Itinerary
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Day 1
Arrive in Xi'an
Airport pick-up and transfer to your hotel. The rest of day depends on you.
Luxury: Wyndham Grand Xi'an South Hotel Superior: Ramada Xi'an Bell Tower

Welcome to Xi'an! Upon arrival, you will be met by your English-speaking tour guide and escorted to your hotel for a recovery from the jetlag. Enjoy the free time and explore a bit on your own.

Day 2
Xi'an
Admire the World Heritage of Terracotta Army, ascend the best-preserved City Wall and explore the bustling Muslim Quarter and Great Mosque.
Breakfast

Drive about 1 hour to wonder at Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum whose accidental discovery really stunned the world in 1974. Tracing back to 2,000 years ago, more than 8,000 life-sized clay soldiers and horses (only 2,000 excavated) were made to protect First Emperor Qin (259-210BC), the first emperor of ancient China. Walk closer and marvel at the supreme craftsmanship since each warrior stands erect with distinctive facial expressions, hairstyles, figures and uniforms.

Continue to admire the best-preserved City Wall with over 600 years history. Step on the ancient ground to feel the vicissitudes of years. The aged bricks, exquisite watchtowers and a running moat take you to be impressed by the profound historical vibe. Or if you like, you may hop on a bike to overlook the ancient capital in a more relaxing way.

Then explore the bustling Muslim Quarter located in the heart of Xi'an. Stop for a glimpse of the oldest Great Mosque, an Islamic architecture built in traditional Chinese style followed by a promenade along the bazaar to taste local snacks such as Chinese hamburger, Kabob, Biangbiang noodles, Pita Bread Soaked in Lamb Soup, etc. 

The Bronze Chariots and Horses
Bronze chariots and horses with numerous gold and silver ornaments buried for next life of the emperor
Day 3
Xi'an-Chengdu by High Speed Train
Visit Shaanxi History Museum and Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Then take a high speed train to Chengdu. Railway station pick-up and transfer to your hotel.
Breakfast
Luxury: Grand Hyatt Chengdu Superior: Dorsett Chengdu

Continue your cultural trip to the grand Shaanxi History Museum, with over 370,000 incomparable treasures such as bronzes of Western Zhou, gold and silver ornaments of Han and Tang Dynasty, murals of Tang Tomb, etc. to explore China's glorious past dating from 1.15 million years ago to 1840AD.

Then discover the intact Big Wild Goose Pagoda, the 7-storey pagoda built to treasure Buddhist relics, statues and Sanskrit classics brought back from ancient India by Buddhist monk Xuanzang in Tang Dynasty (618-907AD). With an impressive height of 64 meters, it affords the stunning panoramic view of old X'an.

Your Xi'an discovery concludes here and then travel to Chengdu by a high speed train. Upon arrival, you will be picked up by your tour guide and transferred to your hotel.

Day 4
Chengdu
Meet the cute pandas at Chengdu Panda Base. Discover local snacks in Jinli Street and relax in Wangjiang Park.
Breakfast

This morning, move to Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding to enjoy nice encounters with China's national treasure. Spend your time seeing cuddly pandas who nibble bamboo shoots, climb trees or take some naps on the bamboo-covered wonderland. Then snap up-close pictures of the most lovable panda cubs having fun in the kindergarten and the naughty red ones playing on the treetops. If lucky enough, seize the rare chance to see little pink newborns kept in incubators during breeding season (Aug-Oct).

Next, delight in the bustling Jinli Street, a paradise for worldwide foodie. Stop along the way to sample local snacks, appreciate wooden architecture or handpick some gifts for your friends.

Then relax in the tranquil Wangjiang Park to appreciate the laid-back Chengdu where you may have a cup of tea in an outdoor teahouse, enjoy an ear-cleaning service or join the physical exercises with the friendly locals.

Chengdu Research and Breeding Center of Giant Panda
Come on, buddy! These are super!
Day 5
Depart from Chengdu
Learn to cook Sichuan cuisine. See off at the airport for your departure.
Breakfast, Lunch

Today comes the exciting Sichuan Cuisine Museum, the only eatable museum that offers a terrific cooking class together with over 6,000 pieces of antiques through the ages. Savor the unique Sichuan Cuisine culture by stepping into the exhibition hall, dotted with books, artifacts and simulations of dishes. The lingering aroma takes you deep into today's highlight. Follow the professional master to clean and slice raw materials, and then experience as a skillful chef to stir-fry and mix ingredients. Then sit down and satisfy with every bite of your own yummy dishes.

After a hearty lunch, it is time to say goodbye to Chengdu and you will be transferred to the airport/railway station. Wish you a pleasant journey home!

Accommodations
XianChengdu
Xian
Luxury

Wyndham Grand Xi'an South Hotel

No.208, Cien East Road, Qujiang Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, Xian, China
Wyndham Xi'an Grand South Hotel is located in the city's newly built CBD area, featuring the grand Tang Dynasty's architectural styles with amazing night views and easy access for shopping.
Superior

Ramada Xi'an Bell Tower

No.79 Bei Da Jie, Xincheng, Xi'an, China
Ramada Xi'an Bell Tower boasts great location in the city center with comfortable rooms and good western buffet breakfast, easy to take a walk around to explore local life.
Chengdu
Luxury

Grand Hyatt Chengdu

8, Chunxi Road, Jinjiang District, Chengdu
The hotel perfectly locates at the city center-Chunxi Road, which allows easy access to the city's stylish fashion centers and malls.
Superior

Dorsett Chengdu

No.168, West Yulong Street, Qingyang, Chengdu, China
Next to Chengdu's famous pedestrian shopping street Chunxi Road, the hotel features with its standard service, nice breakfasts well as various exotic cuisines in its on-site restaurants.
Luxury
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Xian

Wyndham Grand Xi'an South Hotel

No.208, Cien East Road, Qujiang Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, Xian, China
Wyndham Xi'an Grand South Hotel is located in the city's newly built CBD area, featuring the grand Tang Dynasty's architectural styles with amazing night views and easy access for shopping.

Chengdu

Grand Hyatt Chengdu

8, Chunxi Road, Jinjiang District, Chengdu
The hotel perfectly locates at the city center-Chunxi Road, which allows easy access to the city's stylish fashion centers and malls.
Superior
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Xian

Ramada Xi'an Bell Tower

No.79 Bei Da Jie, Xincheng, Xi'an, China
Ramada Xi'an Bell Tower boasts great location in the city center with comfortable rooms and good western buffet breakfast, easy to take a walk around to explore local life.

Chengdu

Dorsett Chengdu

No.168, West Yulong Street, Qingyang, Chengdu, China
Next to Chengdu's famous pedestrian shopping street Chunxi Road, the hotel features with its standard service, nice breakfasts well as various exotic cuisines in its on-site restaurants.
Price (Per Person, Tax Included)
Type: Private Tour
Departure: Flexible 2019 / 2020
Tour Class Superior Luxury
High Season( MAR - NOV ) US$748 US$951
Low Season( DEC - FEB ) US$719 US$886
  • Prices above are based on 2 persons sharing one room of Superior/Luxury Class Hotels. Please enquire to get a better rate if there are more than 2 travelers in your group.
  • Any parts of the itinerary could be customized based on your interests and budgets, e.g. tour length, activities, hotels, etc.
Inclusions
  • Entrance fees to sightseeings and attractions
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfasts
  • Private English-speaking tour guides
  • Private drivers and air-conditioned vehicles
  • Domestic flights, trains and cruises as specified in the itinerary
This tour could be tailored to your own unique trip based on your travel needs, interests, preferred hotels and budget. We recommend you give us as detailed travel information as possible so we can reply with a more thorough tour proposal that better suits your travel needs.
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  • Experienced and knowledgeable guides from the areas you are visiting.
  • Comfortable and air-conditioned private vehicles.
  • Exceptional and conveniently located hotels with non-smoking rooms available.
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