Xian Information and Travel Tips to Plan your Vacation | Ritz Tours


One of China’s four ancient capitals, Xian was the eastern terminus of the Silk Road and seat of the great Tang dynasty between the 7th and 10th century. This illustrious heritage makes the city a historical treasure trove and essential fixture on any China itinerary. Sights include the majestic Ming Dynasty city walls, ancient towers and medieval pagodas, and most famously, the extraordinary Terracotta Warriors, buried with the emperor Qin Shi Huang 2,200 years ago for protection in the afterlife.


City Wall

The city wall surrounding Xian is one of the largest ancient military defensive systems in the world and the most complete surviving city wall in China. It has been listed by the Chinese government as a National Protected Cultural Relic.

Big Wild Goose Pagoda

Situated within the Da Ci en Temple in the southern suburb of Xian, the Big Wild Goose Pagoda is one of the most famous and well-preserved Buddhist pagodas in China. Originally built in 652AD during the Tang Dynasty, it holds ancient Buddhist artifacts that were taken to China from India. Today it is rated as a Key Cultural Relic Preserve as well as an AAAA Tourist Attraction.

Bell Tower and Drum Tower

The Bell Tower stands on the geographical center of the ancient city of Xian, and is the largest and best-preserved of its kind. The Drum Tower is located northwest of the Bell Tower, and both are considered sister buildings , dubbed the morning bell and dark drum . In ancient China, the drums were used to signal time and were occasionally used as an alarm in emergency situations.

Famen Temple

Situated 75 miles (120 km) west of Xian, the Famen Temple is renowned for the sheer amount and quality of rare, historical relics that were discovered during a renovation in 1981. The temple was originally built in the 3rd century AD and was home to a sacred underground crypt housing some of Sakyamani Buddha s finger bones. To this day, the underground palace that held the sacred treasures is the largest of its kind ever discovered.

Terra Cotta Warriors

Buried in the mausoleum of China s First Emperor, Qin Shi Huang, the Terracotta Warriors are one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of the 20th century. The standing army of life-size warriors was commissioned by Qin to enforce his rule over the afterlife. They remained buried underground until 1974 when farmers digging a well unearthed a terracotta head. Since then, the famed Terracotta Warriors have been attracting thousands of visitors worldwide who come to witness this spectacular piece of China s historic past.

Tang Dynasty Stage Show

The Tang Dynasty Show is a song and dance performance which reflects the rich cultural history during the golden age of the Tang Dynasty (618-907). Ancient stories and customs are brought to life at this world-class theater, where visitors can also enjoy a gourmet meal prepared by internationally-acclaimed chefs. Performed by the Tang Dynasty Song and Dance Troupe, the show is an exciting blend of splendid costumes, traditional folk music, and highly-skilled acting; a performance befitting of an emperor.

Based on your interest, we suggest the following tour packages which will provide you with the greatest enjoyment

China Discovery 10 Days 8 Nights[RDX]

  • Tour Code: RDX          Date: 06/08/2018 ~ 11/16/2018       Price From: $1699 Land Only
From ancient wonders to natural marvels, this compact journey will introduce you to three of China's most popular and diverse cities. Walk across Beijing's incredible Great Wall, gaze at stoic Terra-cotta warriors in Xian and experience the vibrant pulse of Shanghai on one of our best-selling itineraries.
Visiting: BEIJING(3 nts) - XIAN(2 nts) - SHANGHAI(3 nts) 

Yangtze Essence 13 Days 11 Nights[RDV]

  • Tour Code: RDV          Date: 05/27/2018 ~ 11/18/2018       Price From: $2299 Land Only
Experience the rich diversity of China on this 13-day trip through the country’s most famous cities and the mystical Yangtze River. Retrace the steps of ancient warriors as you walk along the Great Wall and step into the future among gleaming skyscrapers in Shanghai. Snap a photo with pandas in Chongqing and marvel at the inspiring Three Gorges. This journey showcases the manmade wonders and natural highlights of this unforgettable country
Visiting: BEIJING(3 nts) - YICHANG - YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE(4 nts) - CHONGQING - XIAN(2 nts) - SHANGHAI(2 nts) 

Scenic Yangtze Discovery 16 Days 14 Nights[RDR]

  • Tour Code: RDR          Date: 05/27/2018 ~ 11/18/2018       Price From: $2699 Land Only
This voyage is a must for any adventurous traveler who aspires to explore China and the mighty Yangtze River to its fullest. A journey to China is incomplete without this impressive itinerary that covers it all - memorable explorations to ancient civilizations, comprehensive guides about the history and culture of each city, sampling of traditional cuuisines, and admmittance to spectacular entertainment.

China Scenic 12 Days 10 Nights[RDZ]

  • Tour Code: RDZ          Date: 06/08/2018 ~ 11/16/2018       Price From: $2099 Land Only
This journey showcases China’s breathtaking natural scenery without missing its cultural and historical wonders. Sail along the Li River and witness breathtaking landscapes straight from ancient Chinese paintings. Explore the dramatic rock formations in Guilin’s caves, walk in the footsteps of warriors on the Great Wall and gaze at the futuristic skyline of Shanghai.
Visiting: BEIJING(3 nts) - XIAN(2 nts) - GUILIN(2 nts) - YANGSHUO - GUILIN - SHANGHAI(3 nts) 

Tibet Highland 14 Days 12 Nights[RDT]

  • Tour Code: RDT          Date: 06/08/2018 ~ 11/16/2018       Price From: $2600 Land Only
Visit some of China's most renowned cities and uncover the mystique of Tibet as you witness its ancient rituals and practices. Discover the sights and sounds of the most important river in the culture of China as you cruise down the majestic Yangtze River. From world famous culinary cuisine and entertainment to the natural beauty of vast and diverse landscapes, this is a trip of a lifetime.
Visiting: BEIJING(3 nts) - XIAN(2 nts) - LHASA(3 nts) - CHENGDU(2 nts) - SHANGHAI(2 nts) 

Xian 2 nights 3 days[XIY PKG]

  • Tour Code: XIY PKG          Date: 03/31/2018 ~ 02/28/2019       Price From: $340 Land Only

The "Eternal City" of Xian is considered one of the birthplaces of ancient Chinese civilization and was the starting the point of the Silk Road. Among the myriad of historical and cultural treasures found in this city, the famed Terra Cotta Warriors remains Xian's star attraction.

Visiting: XIAN(2 nts)