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Xian is the capital city of Shannxi Province in central China, 1,000kms from Beijing, and one of the most famous and ancient cities in China. It was the imperial city for 13 Chinese dynasties, lasting over 1000 years, and the starting point of the famed Silk Road. Its old city walls are some of the best-preserved in the country. During the Tang Dynasty (618-907AD), Xian was one of the greatest cities in the world with a population of over one million, and was a centre of international trade.

While Xian is itself a fascinating place to visit with many attractions, the focal point of this trip is to see the incredible Terracotta Warriors, at the tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Hung 25km, east of the city. A highlight for many visitors to China; despite their world renown, the Terracotta Warriors were only discovered in 1974 when local farmers were digging a well.

Buried for over 2000 years, the ranks of soldiers that can be seen today are one of the most amazing sights in China, yet were never intended to be seen by the public. Thousands of life-size terracotta figures of warriors, horses and chariots stand in battle formation, designed to follow their emperor into immortality. The figures have different facial expressions and marks of rank, and are incredibly lifelike. Originally they carried real weapons such as bows, swords and crossbows, many of which remain – and were still sharp when first uncovered. This is a great opportunity to extend your stay after your Great Wall Trek and experience what is considered by many to be the eighth wonder of the world.

Minimum number of people for extension to run: 2



The Itinerary (adds 4 extra days to trek itinerary)

Day 1: 

We spend the morning visiting the beautiful lakeside Summer Palace in Beijing, rebuilt by the Empress Dowager in the 19th century. The Palace is a huge complex of ornately decorated buildings, pavilions and covered walkways overlooking the lake. In the afternoon we transfer through the busy Beijing streets to the railway station, where we catch our overnight train (soft-sleeper) to Xian. Breakfast and lunch provided. Train accommodation.

Please note: The soft-sleeper standard is a carriage with 4 beds and is clean and comfortable. Meals on the train (one dinner and one breakfast) are not provided - there is a dining carriage or you may take food and drink onto the train (there are small supermarkets at the station). There are also meal boxes available on the train containing rice, meat and vegetables. Boiled water is also available.

Day 2:

We arrive in Xian early morning and transfer to our hotel, where we can freshen up before heading out to explore the city! We visit the city walls of Xian, the most well-preserved ancient city wall in China. The walls provide us with a great way to orientate ourselves, and see the modern and ancient landmarks of the city. After lunch we can visit the Provincial Museum (optional), which houses an impressive collection of Silk Road artefacts as well as other relics from the Song, Tang, Ming and Qing dynasties. The Museum is great preparation for visiting the Terracotta Warriors, and allows a good understanding of the culture and history of the region. Alternatively, you can opt for free time to relax or explore the city for the rest of the day. We meet back at the hotel and head out for a traditional hotpot dinner. Lunch and dinner provided. Hotel accommodation.

Day 3:

We head out 25km east of Xian to visit the vaults of the Terracotta Warriors, where we have plenty of time to explore the vaults excavated so far. There are still many statues beneath the earth, as the authorities investigate ways to preserve them. The figures are brightly painted, but the colours fade quickly after being uncovered and very few remnants of colour remain on the Warriors you can see today. There are three ‘pits’ to explore, as well as a museum, and we can wander at our own pace throughout this fascinating and absorbing site. After lunch we head back to Xian, where there is a chance to visit an extensive medical market. Meander through the stalls selling hundreds of herbs and Chinese medicines – quite a cultural experience! For dinner tonight you are free to eat at one of the hotel’s varied restaurants or go into Xian for a meal. Breakfast and lunch provided. Provide own dinner. Hotel accommodation

Day 4:

In the morning we visit the Great Mosque, an impressive building in the heart of the bustling narrow alleyways of the Muslim quarter and the largest mosque in China. Unlike any mosque you’ll have seen before, it is a blend of Muslim and Chinese architecture and a peaceful place to wander. The area surrounding the Mosque is full of markets and interesting shops and a great place to explore for last minute souvenirs. We transfer to the airport in good time to take the afternoon flight back to Beijing (1.5 hours). Transfer to hotel, the rest of the day is free. Breakfast and dinner provided. Provide own lunch. Hotel accommodation.

Day 5:

Morning transfer to the airport for the flight back to London. (Arrival depending on flight schedules). Breakfast provided.

Cost per person: £650.00 (2015 prices subject to change)

What’s Included:

•    Accommodation in good 3* hotel in shared twin/double room
•    Hotel breakfasts and Chinese meals in local restaurants as indicated in itinerary
•    Entrance fees to sites mentioned in the itinerary
•    All transportation (Private car or coach depending on the group size)
•    Local English-speaking guide

What’s Excluded:

•    Meals on the train and one dinner and lunch as noted in itinerary
•    Entrance fees to sites marked as optional in the itinerary
•    Any personal spendingHealth and Vaccinations:We highly recommend that you have had a Tetanus injection and vaccinations against Hepatitis A, Typhoid and Polio, which should all be available from your GP or travel clinic. You also need Yellow Fever if coming from an infected area. Always check first with your GP or travel clinic for the latest information on health conditions in the regions you are visiting.


China’s climate is extremely varied, Beijing’s temperature between December and March rarely rises above zero, in summer however temperatures can be well over 30ºC. Overall the best time to visit China is spring and autumn when the weather is at its most pleasant.

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