Xian Most Popular Day Tour

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This one-day private tour takes you to Xi'an's top attractions including one of the eight Wonders of the World - Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, traditional Cave Dwellings of local peasants, and the only underground museum in China - Hanyangling Museum. Immerse yourself in a day of Chinese culture escorted by your personal guide and chauffeur.


  • Excellent value for money
  • See native wildlife in their natural environment
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
  • Perfect for all ages and skill level

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Your private guide will collect you from your downtown Xian hotel at 9am for the 40-minute drive to the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum.

Marvel at the thousands of terracotta warriors and horses crafted by ancient Chinese more than 2,000 years ago to guard the tomb of the first emperor Qin Shi Huang. Many are preserved in the earth where they were found; others are in a museum, which is also home to other intriguing finds from the tomb.

Next, it's time to explore traditional cave houses, once home to many local peasants. Today, farmers have preserved them so visitors can experience the lifestyle of old China. Your guide will be happy to recommend restaurants and help you navigate the menu when you break for lunch, which is at your own expense.

After lunch, it's time to visit the Tomb of Emperor Jingdi (the Hanyangling Museum). About 19 miles (30 kilometers) north of Xian, this is the tomb of Emperor Jingdi (188-141 BC) and his wife Empress Wang Zhi. Around 50,000 terracotta figurines were found here, and are housed in a museum on site, while you can walk over some of the burial pits, which are covered in glass.

Once you're finished exploring the museum, you'll drive back to your hotel, arriving around 6pm.

Inclusions for Xian Most Popular Day Tour

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transport by private vehicle (standard vehicles: 1-2 people: sedan car; 3-5 people: business van with 7 seats; 6-7 people: van with 14 seats; 8-9 people: van with 17 seats)
  • Private guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Bottled water

Exclusions for Xian Most Popular Day Tour

  • Meals
  • Gratuities (optional)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately

Please wear comfortable shoes

Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking

A maximum of 8 people per booking

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

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7 Traveler Reviews

  • Great tour!

  • Excellent tour. Michael was a great guide.

  • My wife and I booked a one day, private tour through Viator in early June to visit the Terracotta Warriors, with a local lunch and to visit the tomb of Jiang DI in the afternoon. The tour was operate by Lilys private tours and I would highly recommend them and also VIator, who we have used many times.
    Chris and our driver met us at the hotel and we set off for the longish ride to the Terracotta Warrior museum sites, I think it was about an hour and half. During the ride Chris explained what we were going to see and gave us a little of the local history.
    To be honest I was expecting that much, we had seen a documentary shot about 10 years ago when you were not allowed to take photos of the actual warriors but were restricted to a few replicas in a hall in the museum. I was pleasantly surprised. No actually I was blown away with the changes that had been made since that documentary, there is now 4-6 major pits that the public can view and photograph as they see fit. Much of what you see are restored warriors but that does nothing to reduce the spectacle of the place, it is truly breath taking.
    Chris was a font of knowledge, she gave us more information than we could possible remember, but it made the whole visit truly memorable. After the museum we went to see a cave dwelling home of one of the locals, to better understand how they had expanded their home and we got to understand a bit more about the family dynamics in China. While this part of the trip seemed a little incongruous, in retrospect it was very enlightening, just not something we were expecting on a trip the terracotta warriors. It probably should be better explained or positioned as part of the tour description.
    Lunch was excellent, and was at a local restaurant which we probably would not have visited if we did not have a Chinese speaking guide. We tried the local noodles and a variety of other vegetarian and chicken dishes including a wonderful wok fried bread that was served with pickled vegetables.
    Our final event was to visit the tombs of Jiang Di to see the tiny naked terracotta warriors. Obviously this site is not as popular as we were pretty much the only people there. To be candid, by the time we got there, after a great lunch, we were probably more in favor of a long nap than a visit to another tomb, but it gives you a great perspective on the different dynasties to go here and hear about the Emperors different personal styles. Chris was again very enthusiastic and knowledgeable and kept us going. After that it was back the hotel and a much needed rest.
    Overall a very successful day and our thanks to Chris, it was truly memorable and I would highly recommend this tour to anyone wanting to understand more about the terracotta warriors and to experience their grandeur

  • My husband and I really enjoyed this tour. Michael was an excellent guide. He bought us lots of bottled water, as it was extremely hot in July and the noodle lunch we ate was delicious. Seeing the Terracotta warriors, the tomb of Emperor Jingdi and the cave house was very interesting. I highly recommend this tour.

  • I enjoyed this tour tremendously. My tour-guide was Michael Chang, who is a very pleasant individual, with full of enthusiasm. He has given me a detailed information about the historical facts, as well as the cultural implications of terra cotta soldiers. I was able to chat with him about the Chinese history as well as the history of the excavation. Michael was very keen to my specifications about the selection for lunch, and we went to a wonderful biang biang mian noodle place I hope I spelled it correctly.

    I definitely recommend the tour, and particularly Michael as the tour guide.

  • We do not usually book tours and prefer to arrange everything on our own. We arrived in Xian in the evening and only had 1 full day. Rain was expected and decided to take chance. Everything was arranged the night before. Our team guide and driver showed up the next morning and we were off. Our guide Michael was fantastic. Very knowledgable and very open to discussing Chinese culture past and present. The car was large private van and clean and very comfortable. I will not say anything about the terra cotta warriors its why you are in Xian. Emperor Jingdi's mausoleum was amazing and an excellent way to follow up our visit to the warriors. It's an underground museum in situ. Most everything is still buried but what you see is the city that Jingdi buried with him mostly in terra cotta. Lunch restaurant was fantastic and almost cheap. Did I mention how great our guide Michaal was? Also not having to buy tix as they were included was a very nice touch. I would not want to wait in line at the warriors on a busy day.

  • I booked this one day tour to the Terracotta Warriors Museum and the Tomb of Emperor Jingdi at Lilys Private Tours.
    Needless to say, the Terracotta Museum is an amazing place and a must visit. Although not as famous as the Terracotta Warriors the Emperors Tomb is also definitely worth a visit if you have the time on your hands.
    Even though I booked the tour on short notice everything was well organized and went smooth. I was picked up at my hotel in the morning and transferred to the airport in the evening. The vehicle was comfortable and the driver was safe. My tour guide for this day was Anna, a bright young woman, who is very knowledgeable about ancient china. She presented the information about the sights in an interesting and entertaining way and was able to give precise answers to my questions. The restaurant she picked for lunch was reasonable priced and the food was good.
    All in all I can recommend Lilys Private Tours without limitations.

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