Xian Suburbs Historical Tour, Xian (Self Guided)

While the city of Xian is famous for its pagodas, a tremendous city wall and gorgeous temples, several "treasures" are hidden on the outskirts of the city. Actually, the Terracotta Warriors and Horses, located in the eastern suburb, is a historical must-see. Also, you will be impressed by the Lishan mountain's incredible beauty, admired many centuries ago by Chinese emperors. We invite you to take this walking tour and explore the historical sights located in Xian suburbs.
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Xian Suburbs Historical Tour Map

Guide Name: Xian Suburbs Historical Tour
Guide Location: China » Xian (See other walking tours in Xian)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 4 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 10.3 km
Author: helenp
The Terracotta Warriors Museum

1) The Terracotta Warriors Museum (must see)

The Terracotta Warriors Museum is a unique onsite museum with objects uncovered during archeological excavations in 1974. The lifelike terracotta figures were buried near the tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huang the first emperor of China.

Farmers from the Jiangzhai Xichang village, attempting to dig a well, accidentally discovered the ancient terracotta army. The Chinese Cultural Relics Administrative Department sent a team of archeologists to scientifically excavate this phenomenal relic from China’s past. Three large pits of terracotta figures were found covering an area 20,000 square meters. The pits are located near the mound of the tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huang and the army was created to protect him in his afterlife. A steel hangar like structure was built over the pits to protect it from damage and the museum was officially inaugurated in 1979.

The terracotta statues are of different heights according to their stature. The taller statues are of generals and the other figures are of soldiers and charioteers. The pits have figures of 8000 soldiers, 130 chariots, 520 horses and 150 cavalry horses. In addition to the army, there are figures of court officials, acrobats and musicians. Other objects discovered during the excavations including weaponry used by the Qin Dynasty warriors are also displayed.

Hours: Monday-Sunday: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
First Emperor Qin Statue

2) First Emperor Qin Statue (must see)

This huge marble statue is situated near the Terracotta Warriors Museum. Originally, it was built to be an accompaniment for the mausoleum. Emperor Qin was a key figure in Ancient China known for both his autocratic behavior and revolutionary reforms.
Mausoleum of First Emperor Qin

3) Mausoleum of First Emperor Qin (must see)

The Tomb of the first Qin Emperor, Qin Shi Huang is located 30 kilometers east of the city of Xian. Only a small pyramid like structure remains although excavations around the tomb show that it was once a large and grand mausoleum.

The tomb of the first emperor Qin was discovered as a result of the accidental discovery of the terracotta army nearby. The emperor ordered the construction of the tomb as soon as he ascended the throne. Excavations show that it once consisted of an inner sanctuary and an outer city. Originally, it covered an area of 250,000 square meters and was 115 meters high. What is left of the tomb today is a pyramid covering 120,000 square meters with a height of 87 meters. It took 38 years to build the mausoleum. The emperor died in 259 BC and was interred in the tomb. Other discoveries made around the tomb are Qin dynasty decorated bricks and tiles and satellite tombs of princes, princesses and officials.

Ancient carriages and battery powered vehicles take visitors around the tomb today. There are also 30 free shuttle buses that carry visitors between the mausoleum and the museum of the Terracotta Army. One can climb to the top of the pyramid. The tomb has not been fully excavated and it is believed that there are many treasures still waiting to be discovered inside.
Qinling Underground Palace

4) Qinling Underground Palace

The ancient Qinling Palace hasn't been excavated yet, so the sight represents what is supposed to be an accurate copy of it. The visitors will have the chance to observe the architecture and structure of the construction.
The Eight Wonders of the Ancient World

5) The Eight Wonders of the Ancient World (must see)

The Eight Wonders of the Ancient World Museum is situated on the way to the Terracotta Warriors museum. This theme park was founded by a Chinese entrepreneur and is a completely commercial venture. Here you can admire the most renowned historic monuments from the ancient world.

Walking Tours in Xian, China

Create Your Own Walk in Xian

Create Your Own Walk in Xian

Creating your own self-guided walk in Xian is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Tang Dynasty Tour in Xian

Tang Dynasty Tour in Xian

In Chinese history, the Tang Dynasty is a synonym for prosperity and progress. During a period of almost 300 years, great reforms were implemented and stability was achieved. Also, the Tang emperors chose Xian as their capital city, due to its large population, and developed it throughout their rule. It is highly recommended that you take this tour and visit the places that brought glory to the...  view more

Tour Duration: 4 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 10.2 km
Cultural Tour of Xian

Cultural Tour of Xian

In ancient times, Xian was a center of art and culture. It played an important role in improving trade between east and west, due to the fact that it was the terminus of the Silk Road. Nowadays, Xian is filled with museums, galleries, opera houses, etc. Check out the most popular cultural spots in Xian on this self-guided tour.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.5 km
Antique Xian's Markets and Shops Walk

Antique Xian's Markets and Shops Walk

Xian, besides being an amazing historical city, is a nice place for shopping. Xian has a lot of shops where you can find a large variety of local and imported goods. The prices vary from very cheap to extremely expensive - you can purchase a small Chinese souvenir or a veritable 100 years old silk painting. We invite you to take a walking tour through Xian's most popular markets and shops.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.3 km
Shopping Streets of Xian Walking Tour

Shopping Streets of Xian Walking Tour

Xian is an amazing city where you can do some quality shopping, especially if you crave for some authentic Chinese souvenirs. The ideal choice for you is to explore the streets of Xian, because that's where the souvenirs are cheaper. We invite you to take this walking tour and go for a stroll along the shopping areas of Xian.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.5 km
Xian City Orientation Tour

Xian City Orientation Tour

Xian is situated in the central-northwest part of China. It is one of the most ancient cities in the country and famous for being home to the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda and the Terracotta Army. Xian is 3100 years old and has a rich history, being the terminus of the Silk Road. Do not hesitate to take a walking tour and see the world-famous attractions of Xian.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.8 km
Xian's Daily Life Self-Guided Tour

Xian's Daily Life Self-Guided Tour

Xian is a great historic city of China. Of course, the Terracotta Warriors, the Great Mosque, the Goose Pagodas, the Bell Tower and the City Wall should not be excluded from the must-see list of every tourist. The usual places where only locals hang out are overlooked by almost all guides. However, if you want to look at this city from a different angle and discover its hidden "face" you...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.3 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Xian for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Xian has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Xian, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.