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Full-Day Xi'an Museum Tour: Terracotta Warriors and Banpo Neolithic Village

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Xi'an, China
Full-Day Xi'an Museum Tour: Terracotta Warriors and Banpo Neolithic Village

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Devote a day to Xian’s long and rich history with a full-day trip to the Museum of the Terracotta Warriors and Banpo Museum. View the vast Terracotta Army carved for China’s first Qin emperor in 210 BC, and see his mausoleum. Plus, explore the relics of a Neolithic village at the Banpo Museum. Your tour includes coach transport, entrance fees, lunch, and hotel pickup and drop-off in central Xian.
  • Full-day Xian Terracotta Warriors Museum and Banpo Museum tour
  • View the relics of a Neolithic village at the Banpo Museum
  • Visit Emperor Qin Shi Huang's Mausoleum and the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum
  • Lunch at a Chinese restaurant, entrance fees, transport by coach including hotel pickup and drop-off in central Xian
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Hotel pick-up and drop-off in downtown Xi’an, Transported by air-conditioned vehilce.
English-speaking tour guide.
Lunch a Xi'an local restaurant.
Bottled water
Gratuities (recommended).
Airport transfer.
Accommodation, travel insurance and any other personal expenses during tour.

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Hotel pickup and drop-off services are available within the 3rd Ring Zone of Xi'an City. Please tell us your hotel/accommodation name, address and phone number at the time of booking.

Departure Time

8:00 AM
Begin with hotel pickup from central Xian, and journey by air-conditioned coach to the Banpo Neolithic Museum just outside the city.

Hear how the museum stands on the remains of a Neolithic village dating from about 4,500 BC, learning how it features reconstructions and remnants of the original houses alongside other exhibits.

Head inside, and take a tour with your guide providing fascinating insight into the villagers’ long-ago lives and matriarchal society. See the remains of their houses, kilns, cemetery, and age-old utensils such as sickles and jugs.

After a break for lunch at a Chinese restaurant, continue to the world-famous Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, and the Mausoleum of the Emperor Qin Shi Huang.

See the mausoleum, and enjoy a guided visit of the museum, home to the clay army of more than 8,000 soldiers, chariots, and horses. Gaze at the pits holding the massed battalions, and learn how they were assembled in around 210 BC to safeguard Shi Huang in the afterlife.

After admiring the army, pay a short visit to a Terracotta miniature factory to see how the terracotta is worked, and perhaps purchase souvenirs (own expense).

Your tour then concludes with a hotel drop-off in Xian.
Stop At:  
The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses
The Terracotta Warriors are the main reason for visitors coming to Xi'an. Of course they are a highlight! You can find loads of information about the Warriors on websites, for they were an astonishing archaeological discovery. We, however, would like to introduce you to a different Terracotta Museum, one that can't be googled. We understand that the stories behind the warriors are really fascinating. Emperor Qinshihuang’s craftsmen made more than 8,000 life-sized warriors in the 11 years between about 220 and 209 BC. This is nearly unbelievable, because even in modern times, a warrior factory could only make about 500 warriors of that size in a year. How could craftsmen of 2,200 years ago make them so quickly? Xi’an is cold in winter but hot in summer. How could they keep so many clay warriors from cracking? Originally warriors were painted with different colors. Most colors were natural, but the purple was very special, because it came from a chemical reaction. How did craftsmen have such skills at that time? Your guide will explain such secrets to you and then accompany you to a local cave dwelling where a craftsman makes warriors in the traditional way. You will have an opportunity to learn how to make warriors, and to try to make a little one on your own, with your host’s help. Qinshihuang's mausoleum was about 56.25 square kilometers in area, equal to about 78 Forbidden Cities. The Terracotta Army is just one corner of the whole project. Qin was the first emperor, and as such he set down a marker for modern China. He would not have known how powerful his impact on the nation, and on the world even, would be in the long term.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
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Xi'an Banpo Museum
Banpo Museum is the first prehistoric excavation site museum in China. Banpo (half slope) Village was a typical Neolithic Matriarchal community of the Yangshao (Respect Splendid) culture (5000-3000 BC) around 6000 years ago. Banpo Museum consists of two exhibition halls and an excavation site hall. The first exhibition hall mainly displays the tools used by the Banpo people, including stone knives, sickles, fishhooks, specula and so on. These exhibits present visitors a general image of the Banpo people's activities. The showpieces in the second exhibition hall are major inventions and art items which reflect the fork culture and social life of that time. Artifacts in this hall include a fish-and-human-face-design pottery basin, a pointed-bottom bottle, a pottery steamer and children's burial jars.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • You will receive details about the tour guide and pickup in your voucher the day before. And the tour guide will also call you via hotel or leave a message for you about pickup time the night before tour.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Passport information is required for entrance tickets booking, please forward each individual traveler's full name and passport number at the time of booking.
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking. We try to meet individual requirement but can NOT 100% satisfy. Thank you for your understanding.
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Trippest Mini Group Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Might be better to visit the actual...
Yulan Z
, Dec 2017
Might be better to visit the actual Terracotta Warriors Museum first rather than the gift shop in the morning. Our tour guide Candy was nice and tried her best to accompany us. But overall, might be better to pick more attractions for the tour rather than just two for the day if you got more time.

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