Xian, which means Western Peace, is located close to the banks of the Yellow River and has a history dating back to 1000BC. The city served as the capital for China’s greatest emperor, Emperor Qin Shi Huang (221 BC) and the word ‘China’ is derived from his name. It was also the starting point for the world’s most famous trade route – the Silk Road.
DAY 1: ARRIVE XIAN
Make your own way to your Xian hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day free at your leisure.
DAY 2: XIAN
Visit the UNESCO World Heritage listed Terracotta Warriors and Horses, one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of the 20th Century. Emperor Qin Shi Huang is acclaimed by Chinese historians to have ‘unified’ the rival lands of China into a single empire. Thousands of people worked for more than a decade to create the life-sized army to defend the Emperor’s tomb and protect him in the afterlife. Later, head back to Xian and walk along the ancient City Wall, one of the best preserved in all of China. (B,L)
DAY 3: DEPART XIAN
After check-out this morning your arrangements end. (B)
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