Xi’an Small Wild Goose Pagoda and Great Mosque

Xi’an Small Wild Goose
Pagoda and Great Mosque

Aside from making its mark as the Silk Road’s terminus, downtown Xi’an is historically brimming.
Home to dynasty sights of immense importance, it is what’s happening within their
city wall that is seen as a stimulus to add more nights to your itinerary.

WHY THIS TOUR?

Xi’an dates back over 3,000 years and provides visitors with a living history book of antiquities and culture. Located in central north-west China, Xi’an was the capital of 13 dynasties including the Qin Dynasty, which first unified China, as well as the Tang Dynasty, often considered to be China’s golden age.

Its vibrant Muslim Quarter and Great Mosque are a memento of a time when the city was the eastern terminus of the Silk Road and attracted cultures whose religions and art changed the country for ever.

TRAIL ITINERARY

Xi’an Small Wild Goose Pagoda and Great Mosque

08:30 - 17:00

Guests are warmly welcomed by an English-speaking guide at one of the city’s downtown hotels before the exploration of Xi’an commences. A myriad of streets and alleys, all capturing the essence of happening China, your driver for the day navigates with ease towards our morning stop.

Located in the heart of the city, Muslim Quarter draws explorers from around the world. Soak up the atmosphere of the area that has become known for its street food and restaurants that include kebabs, dumplings and one of Xi’an’s most famous dishes, paomo – steamed bread in a lamb or beef stew – while also gaining a deeper understanding into local Islamic culture.

Within the old quarter, the Grand Mosque takes centre stage. As the largest place for Islamic worship in the whole of China, it is hard not to be awestruck by the Great Mosque of Xi’an. Originating from 742, the complex was significantly expanded during subsequent dynasties and now comprises more than twenty buildings spread across four courtyards. As well as being historically and architecturally impressive, the mosque still serves the spiritual needs of those who live in Xi’an’s Muslim Quarter and can accommodate more than 1,000 worshippers at any given time. Lunch is included at a local restaurant.

After enjoying our hand-picked local lunch address, the afternoon is all about taking one’s time to admire a leading spiritual landmark inside downtown Xi’an. As one of two important pagodas in Xi’an, Small Wild Goose Pagoda was built during the Tang dynasty in 652 to pay homage to Emperor Zhongzong. Almost hidden in the surrounding parkland, learn about the structure’s fascinating history and how at one point it stood at 45 metres tall but after the 1556 Shaanxi earthquake, it now stands at 43 metres. Also discover its cultural importance in the area; it was one of the main centres in Chang’an that translated Buddhist texts.

It is time to head back to your hotel at the end of this fabulous day through hectic Xi’an.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • A full-day tour with a professional English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request and may be subject to supplementary charges
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with professional driver.
  • All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
  • All applicable taxes and service charges

EXCLUSIONS

  • Tours, inclusions of any kind and other services that are not outlined in the tour description
  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travelers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)

GOOD TO KNOW

  • This tour is operated on full private basis with English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request / subject to availability and supplementary charges may apply
  • Return transfers for this excursion apply only / are inclusive for customers staying in and inside downtown Xi’an. Transfers outside these areas, including any accommodation outside the Central Business District and Xi’an’s International Airport are excluded. Supplements apply for customers who want to join this excursion outside one of these regions.
  • We regret to inform you that most of the museums in China are closed all day on Mondays and public holidays; wherever possible, we will try to offer alternative visits for touring options on this day.
  • Customers are advised that during the Lunar Festival celebrations (celebration of Chinese New Year), excursions and tours may be subject to supplementary charges and/or may see longer waiting times than normal.
  • We will do all possible to comply with any dietary requirements during this excursion; it may not always be possible to confirm your wishes in advance based on the choice of local restaurant.
  • This excursion includes obstacles of various kinds that may not make this excursion suitable for wheelchair users.
  • The obstacles comprise of unpaved roads, small boats and cruise embarkation and disembarkation and insufficient facilities to provide a comfortable sightseeing tour
  • We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour
  • Please note pick-up and drop-off services may not be confirmed for customers staying at private residences, apartment complexes, or other non-registered tourism accommodations. Customers may be asked to meet at a nearby hotel for pick-up and drop off.
  • Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It is the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power.
  • The protection of the country’s flora and fauna is of immense importance for us. We will not pursue any activities for guests that are not in line with our animal, wildlife and environment protection principles.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request.
  • In the event of no-show or change of accommodation without prior consent and confirmation from us within 24 hours may result in the applicable cancellation charges as outlined in the terms and conditions.

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