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How to Spend 2 Days in Xian

How to Spend 2 Days in Xian

With two days in Xian, you’ll have enough time to explore beyond the Terracotta Warriors and essential city sights. Learn more about the city’s history at one of its excellent museums, and treat your tastebuds to its multicultural cuisine. Here’s how to get the most out of your 48 hours in Xian.

Day 1: Essential Xian

**Morning:**No trip to Xian would be complete without a visit to the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Get an early start for the 1-hour drive to the site, where you can explore the three excavation pits and learn about how the life-size figures were made and discovered. 

**Afternoon:**Back in Xian, take in the Old City from one of the best vantage points, the top of its ancient city walls. If you want to make the entire 8.5-mile (14-kilometer) circuit, hop on a bike; alternately you can walk a portion of it on foot to get a better sense of its immense size. For added value and convenience, combine the Terracotta Warriors and a bike ride along the walls into a single tour.

**Night:**All that sightseeing is likely to work up an appetite. Luckily, Xian is a city that knows how to eat. As the sun goes down, head out to explore the culinary landscape with a walking or tuk-tuk tour. Sample local delicacies from street vendors, such as steamed pork buns, barbecued-meat skewers, or pita bread soaked in lamb soup.

Day 2: Historical Xian

**Morning:**Kick off your morning with a visit to one of the city’s top attractions, the Shaanxi History Museum, where the enormous collection tells the story of Xian and the surrounding Shaanxi Province. A visit to the museum can be combined with another top landmark, the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, in a half-day tour.

**Afternoon:**Continue your deep dive into Xian’s long and storied history with an afternoon visit to the Banpo Village archaeological site. Walk among 6,000-year-old ruins of a neolithic village—thought to be one of the oldest human settlements in China—to learn more about how some of China’s earliest residents lived.

**Night:**End your Xian trip with dinner and a show. Choose between the classic combination of a dumpling feast and Tang Dynasty Dinner Show, or head to the historic Huaqing Palace for an epic love story known as The Song of Everlasting Sorrow. Book a tour with hotel pickup and drop-off for a hassle-free final evening.

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Terracotta Warriors & Horses plus Banpo Ruins Essential Full Day Tour from Xi'an

Terracotta Warriors & Horses plus Banpo Ruins Essential Full Day Tour from Xi'an

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Discover on of China’s most enthralling attractions on a full-day tour to the Terracotta Warriors Army and Horses from Xi’an. With an expert historian guide, marvel at the most significant archeological excavation of the 20th century; see 7,000 life-sized figures in ordered rows and hear of how the sculptures were meticulously constructed to honor Emperor Qin Shihuang, China’s first ruler. Discover the Neolithic artifacts of the Banpo site; appease you appetite with a delicious Chinese lunch; and enjoy convenient round-trip transportation from your Xi’an hotel.   
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  • 9 hours
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Private Half-Day Tour of Xi'an Terracotta Warriors

Private Half-Day Tour of Xi'an Terracotta Warriors

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Discover China's rich history on a half-day door-to-door tour of the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Follow your private guide through the pits one, two, and three and see more than 7,000 terracotta soldiers. Upgrade the afternoon tour to include a trip to the Tang Dynasty Show and a feast of traditional Shaanxi dumplings or enjoy lunch at a Qin Dynasty themed restaurant.
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  • 5 hours
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$128.03
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Xi'an Evening Food Tour by TukTuk

Xi'an Evening Food Tour by TukTuk

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Set out with an expert guide and your own tuk-tuk driver to find the best dishes in Xi'an. Explore hidden streets and quaint alleyways within Xian’s city walls where you visit favorite local eateries. Experience Xi’an's cuisine and culture by eating at the same places that local people go, with unlimited food and beverages (including beer) included during your tour. Sample the only craft beer brewed in Xi’an when you stop at a local brewery.
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  • 4 hours
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Xi'an Dumpling Banquet and Tang Dynasty Show

Xi'an Dumpling Banquet and Tang Dynasty Show

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Immerse yourself in the cultural and culinary delights of Xi’an during a Tang Dynasty Show and Dumpling Banquet. Pleasure your palate with a sumptuous selection of filled dumplings then sit back and be mesmerized by the colorful costumes, incredible choreography and exuberant music of a Tang Dynasty Show. Marvel at the entertaining extravagance of the performance and enjoy convenient round-trip transportation from your Xi’an hotel on this tour.  
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  • 3 hours
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Xi'an Full Day Sightseeing Tour - Shaanxi History Museum, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Ancient City Wall

Xi'an Full Day Sightseeing Tour - Shaanxi History Museum, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Ancient City Wall

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Spend a full day exploring the ancient walled city of Xi'an accompanied by a knowledgeable private guide. Learn all about the 'Silk Road' city, one of the most well-protected cities in China, and see the oldest length of its fortified walls. Visit the Shaanxi History Museum, Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Great Mosque as you explore Xi'an, one of the four capitals of the world’s ancient civilizations and an important capital of ancient China. Your tour includes private vehicle, lunch, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 8 hours
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Xi'an Private Tour: Terracotta Warriors and Ancient City Wall Bike Tour

Xi'an Private Tour: Terracotta Warriors and Ancient City Wall Bike Tour

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Relive the glory of ancient Xi’an with this full-day tour of the historic city, including a visit to the UNESCO-listed Terracotta Warriors. Enjoy personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour as you take in the views from Xi’an’s ancient city walls, then pedal your way along the entire wall on a 90-minute bike tour. After tucking into a typical Chinese lunch (included) in a local family home, take in another one of Xi’an’s headline acts – the awe-inspiring Terracotta Army, where you can view the army of life-sized sculptures and explore the museum and Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor.
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  • 6 hours
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Authentic Old Xi'an Back Street Food Tour

Authentic Old Xi'an Back Street Food Tour

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Explore below the surface of Xian’s night food culture in a way that’s only possible with a guide on this foodie tour. Focusing on Yongxing Fang, sample more than 15 dishes washed down with beer or soda, experience a rice wine drinking ritual, and close the night with a shot of local spirits in a bar. Along the way, watch chefs crafting dishes from hand-cut noodles to tofu pudding.
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  • 3 hours
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Xi'an Half-Day City Tour - Shaanxi History Museum and Big Wild Goose Pagoda

Xi'an Half-Day City Tour - Shaanxi History Museum and Big Wild Goose Pagoda

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Explore one of China’s ancient capitals on this 4-hour tour of historic Xi'an, including hotel pick-up. Start with a visit to the fascinating Shaanxi History Museum to learn about the region’s rich history and discover Xi'an’s former glory as the gateway to the Silk Road. Visit the landmark Big Wild Goose Pagoda, then browse the shops and street food stalls of central Xi'an, stopping to sample local snacks (own expense) or shop for souvenirs.
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  • 4 hours
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