Xi'an In One Day: Day Trip From Shanghai By Air

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 14 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    5:30 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Departure Point: Shanghai hotels
    Dates: Daily
    Return: If you go to other city instead of Shanghai, please contact the local operator once you make the booking.
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    • If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    • If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
    • If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
    • Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


While youre in Shanghai, take a day trip to Xian, famous as one of the birthplaces of ancient Chinese civilization. Youll learn about the history of the Chinese dynasties that rose and fell in Shaanxi Province, and visit the famous 2,000-year old Army of Terracotta Warriors, one of the most spectacular archaeological excavations of the 20th century. Then take a walk on the city walls of Xian, built during the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644).


  • All entrance fees included
  • Lunch included
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Round-trip airfares

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Discover the rich history and archaeology of ancient China on your day trip to Xian from Shanghai. Xian served as the center of Chinese civilization, with 13 dynasties basing their capitals here.

After arriving in Xian, youll visit the impressive Army of Terracotta Warriors. Emperor Qin Shi Huang built this mausoleum starting at the age of 13 (in 246 BC) to prepare for his afterlife. See the 6,000 terracotta figures of warriors and horses, lined in three rows of 210 soldiers. This impressive archaeological discovery is a sight not to be missed!

Feast on a traditional Chinese lunch and then head to the Xian city walls. The Xian city walls were first built in the early Ming Dynasty and are one of the most complete city walls to survive in China. The walls also serve as one of the largest ancient military defenses in China, measuring 36 feet (12 meters) high.


Round-trip airfare and airport taxes

Shanghai and Xi'an airport pickup and drop-off

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Air-conditioned vehicle


Entry/Admission - The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses

Entry/Admission - Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang)


Food and drinks, unless specified


Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Please provide the full names shown on the passport and passport number upon reconfirmation in order to issue the air tickets

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  • 24-Jun-2017

    It was a privelege to have been given the opportunity to do this tour. The driver arrived just before 5.30 am at my hotel to whisk me to Pudong airport. The tour guide, Maggie, met me two and a half hours later in Xi'an. I immediately felt comfortable in her presence. Her command of English was very good. The driver was less approachable though. We made an initial stop at a factory that made Warriors. I was shown the process by a different guide and was given the opportunity to buy a photo. There were other items on sale too. After an interesting tea ceremony of which three could be tasted free of charge, we left for the Terracota Warrior 'Museums'. On arrival, we had lunch which was actually very good and there was plenty of it. Our next stop was the highlight of the day - the three pits of warriors and the bronze museum. All were very interesting in their own ways. The area is extensive and requires significant walking. It was 31 degrees the day I was there. Don't expect to see all the pits full of warriors. Only one has around a third visible to the public. The rest have not even been excavated yet. The bronze museum is excellent with several key pieces in cabinets. I bought souvenirs in the museum shop which were of a high quality. Unfortunately the time allocated here was all too little. We proceeded to a pergola and calligraphy lesson which were amazing. These were not included in the price of the tour. I believe I paid for both myself and the guide too. After scaling the city walls in Xi'an in very high temperatures for a short time at my request, we ate dinner in a local restaurant which was a superb taste. Bizarrely, this again was not included in the price of the tour.
    At around 7.30 it was time to head back to the airport. Maggie left us after giving a day of great commentary and good fun. Despite being booked by the agent on the last flight back to Shanghai and with an hour and a quarter delay, the driver in Pudong airport turned out at 1.30 am to see me safely back to my hotel. He went above and beyond the call.
    This was an expensive one on one tour and is a one off. The long day was not an issue due to how much was experienced. I wouldn't have missed seeing the Terracota warriors though for anything. It was the highlight of my two weeks in Shanghai. I thoroughly recommend this if you want to see what has been described as the next 'wonder of the world'.

  • 19-Dec-2016

    As others have stated, it is a long day. They picked you up very early, in my case 4:50 am and dropped you off at my hotel after midnight.
    When they picked you up from your hotel, they give you your airline tickets and info on who will meet you in Xi'an. The departure time is a bit stressful as it does not give you much time at the airport in Shanghai. I literally got to the gate as they were calling to board the plane. So maybe a pick up of 4:30 would be better. My guide in Xi'an, Lucy, was great. Our first stop was store selling clay warriors. Interesting place. Some of you may be turn off by the idea but I would suggest you go. No need to buy anything but a great place to take picture with the replica warrior as you will have to pay extra at the site. I had lunch and they we visited the famous Army of Terracotta Warriors. As it was off season, it was easy to walk around the pits. There are 3 pits and the most impressive pit is the first one and it has a lot of different warriors.
    the Xian city walls was also interesting. I wanted to ride the bike around the wall but the smog in the city was really bad so I only walked a bit.
    The muslin market was interesting as well. Tried a few sweets and they were great. I was drop off at the airport in Xi with plenty of time to get something to eat. I got back to my hotel around 12:30 AM. All in all a good day trip. It was well organize and my guide in Xi'an was great

  • 05-Dec-2016

    Very long day, but worth doing it, if you have only 24 hours. No doubt the Terracotta Army is the highlight. I enjoyed a lot the biking along the city wall as well.

  • 10-Aug-2016

    Great tour. The sights, of course, are spectacular. In terms of the tour, the guide was excellent. Very personable and very good English. Arrangements were great. Pickup at my hotel and transfer to the airport. Pickup at Xi'an airport. Pickup back in Shanghai and return to my hotel. All were professionally handled. Highly recommend this tour.

  • 08-Jun-2016

    Great fantastic tour I had a private tour in shanghai as I was only one booked for that day. Kimi my tour guide was very pleasant, and very knowlegable. I enjoyed the day, which was VERY long ,tremendously. Day began with pickup at hotel at 530 AM , flight to Xian, and return to my shanghai hotel at midnite. The warriors were highlight of day,or maybe even my entire stay in China. Kudos

  • 17-Nov-2015

    Long long day, but the tour of the site was great, I did not realize it was so massive, well worth the trip

  • 04-Jul-2015

    Xian is a fascinating city. The Terra Cotta warriors are stunning and well worth visiting. The highlight of my trip to China. The city of Xian was very beautiful and still has the 13th Century walls intact and a number of other interesting buildings from the 13th Century. A long day but very worthwhile. Air delays into and out of Shanghai Airport make the day even longer

  • 03-May-2015

    driver pick up got us to airport at boarding time. Risky pick up time, too long at factory decreased time at warriors. flight back slightly delay but 30 minutes looking for driver back to ship could have been better organized.

  • 29-Apr-2015

    Great but very short on time to get to airport. Bit stressful! Also we had a factory visit and had no time to visit old walls of X'ian

  • 03-Dec-2014

    We had trouble working a visit to the warriors in our itinerary so took advantage of this one day trek. It was a very long day and expensive but we would not have missed the opportunity to see the site. It was breathtaking to say the least. Pictures cannot convey the magnitude of the pits. The fact that each warrior is different is mind boggling and the exacting detail of each warrior is truly spectacular. We also were very impressed with the tour of the city walls of XI'an.

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