Shanxi Province UNESCO sites

Our most recommended Shanxi Province UNESCO sites

Xi'an Terracotta Warriors Walking Tour with Transfer Options

1. Xi'an Terracotta Warriors Walking Tour with Transfer Options

The unexpected unearthing of the Terracotta Warriors, a hoard of legendary life-sized clay soldiers intended to fill an emperor’s elaborate mausoleum, is renowned as one of the world’s greatest archaeological events. On this 2.5-hour tour, experience the wonder of these ancient artifacts and gain a deep understanding from your expert tour guide about the First Emperor’s vision for his afterlife and his unification of China, which shaped the nation as it is known today.  If the transfer option was selected, you will be collected from your accommodation and driven to the Terracotta Warriors Museum in a comfortable air-conditioned coach, or you can choose to meet the tour guide at the museum. Your unforgettable tour begins in Pit 1 of the museum, which is the largest of the excavated pits and home to around 6,000 soldiers. Then, head to Pit 2 and 3, where the cavalry and infantry units and officers are located. The famous Bronze Chariot Pit, where two painted bronze chariots are on display, will not be forgotten.  Your expert tour guide will give you a comprehensive introduction to Imperial China’s distinctive approach to funerary art as well as the celebrated sculptures of their scale, both in terms of each individual sculpture’s height and of the group as a whole. If you select the lunch option, you will be treated to a traditional local style Chinese meal before being transferred back to your accommodation. 

Yungang Grottoes and Hanging Temple: Private Full-Day Tour

2. Yungang Grottoes and Hanging Temple: Private Full-Day Tour

Explore the enchanting sights around Datong and be driven in the comfort of a private air-conditioned vehicle. Visit the world-famous Yungang Grottoes, with its huge Buddhas carved in AD 460. The kilometer-long monument is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an artistic treasure trove. Made from sandstone, the largest Buddha is a staggering 56-foot tall while the smallest is just a few centimeters high. You'll then be driven to the Hanging Temple, built over 1,400 years ago during the Northern Wei Dynasty, then rebuilt in the Tang, Jin, Ming, and Qing Dynasties. Standing 50 metres high in the air, the temple is unique not only in its concern for harmony and order, but also in its contents. At the Hanging Temple, its 40 perilous halls and pavilions lean straight over Golden Dragon Canyon. See these beautiful, ancient remnants of Buddhist history with a passionate local guide in tow.

Shuanglin Temple And Wang's Compound From Pingyao

3. Shuanglin Temple And Wang's Compound From Pingyao

Pick-up from your hotel lobby is at 9:00 by local tour guide, aboard a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle to start the highlight day trip from Pingyao. Your first stop will be Shuanglin Temple reputed to be the ancient painted sculptures museum. Listed in the World Heritage by UNESCO in 1997, Shuanglin Temple houses more than 2,000 colorful sculptures reflecting the exquisite skills of the artisans of the Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties. Head inside the Temple with a history of about 1,400 years, follow your guide to stroll around the large and small halls, and view the vivid and lifelike sculptures. Move on to a local restaurant to enjoy delicious lunch and have a short break. Then drive approximately 1 hours to visit the Wang's Compound -a luxurious residence built during 1762-1811 of the Wang Family. Wang's Compound is not only an example of residential architecture, but also a museum of architectural art. Walk into the courtyard, one can see sculptures of stone, wood and brick everywhere. The architectural groups open for viewing are Gaojia Ya, Hongmen Bao, Chongning Bao, etc. The Painting and Calligraphy Hall displays hundreds of excellent works while Treasure Hall contains collections of furnishings, old coins, porcelains, rare stones and jade carvings. Afterwards, enjoy comfortable transfer back to your hotel to conclude the memorable day trip.

Xi'an: Terracotta Warriors and Banpo Museum Coach Tour

4. Xi'an: Terracotta Warriors and Banpo Museum Coach Tour

Enjoy a combined full-day coach tour to see the Terracotta Warriors and Horses of Xi’an, and learn about Chinese history at the Banpo Museum. Traveling by air-conditioned coach, get collected from your downtown city center hotel for the drive east. Make the first stop at the Mausoleum of Emperor Qin Shihuang, the first emperor of the Qin dynasty. Discover how when he ascended to the throne at the tender age of 13, he ordered 720,000 conscript laborers to build him a royal tomb. It took about 38 years to finish and was so magnificent that it set a precedent for future feudal rulers. Little compares to his army of Terracotta Warriors and Horses. Wander the gallery to marvel at some 8,000 life-size sculptures of men and horses of the Emperor’s funerary art. Amazingly, each one has unique features. One of the most significant archeological finds of the 20th century, once you’ve got your breath back, you can buy your own imitation warrior at the gift shop. Next, immerse yourself in Chinese history at the Banpo Museum and see artifacts excavated from the prehistoric Banpo village. Built at the base of the archaeological site, the museum also features several reconstructed houses designed to resemble the Neolithic settlement. Alternatively, if you would like to visit only the Terracotta Warriors, please select the correct option upon check out; for this option, you will be transferred back to the pickup place after the visit to the Terracotta Warriors and lunch.

Datong: Temples and Grottoes Private Full–Day Tour

5. Datong: Temples and Grottoes Private Full–Day Tour

After hotel pick–up at 9:00 AM, transfer to visit the Hanging Temple, a temple built into a cliff 75 meters above the ground near Datong City. Discover the temple, built more than 1500 years ago, and marvel at its massive size. Find out more about the only existing temple to combine three Chinese traditional religions: Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism. Enjoy your lunch in local restaurant before you move on to the Yungang Grottoes, one of the three most famous ancient Buddhist sculptural sites of China. Take in this outstanding example of the Chinese stone carvings from the 5th and 6th centuries. See the 53 major caves, along with 51000 niches housing the same number of Buddha statues. Find out how the grottoes were excavated in the south face of a sandstone cliff. In 2001, the Yungang Grottoes were made a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At the end of the tour, return to your hotel in Datong.

Xi'an: Skip-The-Line Terracotta Warriors Private Day Tour

6. Xi'an: Skip-The-Line Terracotta Warriors Private Day Tour

This private customizable day tour will take you to visit the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum and two of the following highlights of Xian according to your personal interests: The Tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huangdi, Banpo Museum, Shaanxi History Museum, Xian City Wall, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, The Great Mosque or the Muslim Street. Start with a pickup from your downtown Xi'an hotel lobby and a one-hour drive onboard a private vehicle. Visit the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum. Marvel at the massive life-sized terracotta warriors and horses troops. Experience the wonder of these ancient artifacts and gain a deep understanding of the First Emperor’s vision for his afterlife and his unification of China. Afterward, visit two of the following recommended sites. If you cannot decide on what to see, then the Xian City Wall and the Muslim Streets will be the default. At the end of the tour, get a transfer back to your downtown Xi'an hotel.

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 87 reviews

We really enjoyed the tour, was picked at my hotel, went to the touristic place in a very comfortable car. We skipped lines to buy the tickets, and our guide Isaac was helping us in all the QR code and identity checks (quite useful for foreigners ;-) He explained us a lot about the historical context of the site, as well as how the side has been built, which was very interesting I really recommend this tour, thanks a lot !

Great tour all good

Pick up good, guide great wealth of information, she was organized, had a great lunch. Overall a great tour and organinzing through the tour operator (Lenna at Xian Local Travel Agency was fantastic)

We enjoyed our tour to the terra-cotta warriors. We left gifts we had bought on the tour on the bus and they very helpfully dropped the gifts back to the hotel for us later on.

Absolutely fantastic tour and would advise any travellers to take. Our guide Chelsea was very knowledgeable and attentive throughout the day. Many thanks Ray

It was wonderful Special To know the history and see the warriors and their puzzle-making process Our guide JiaJia was wonderful