We were planning a side trip to Xi’an from Shanghai for a couple of days in December and not having done much research, we thought a private tour guide would be more efficient and make it more interesting for our short stay.
Based on Bryan's forum posts and his web site, www.xianhistorytourguide.com/index.html, I contacted him on short notice a few days ago and found out he was available to give us a two day tour. I booked this all by email and saw my name at the airport lobby. He and his driver Mr. Li picked us up at the airport with our bags and started our tour with the Emperor Qin Tomb archeological site that was located very near the airport. We then went to the Muslim street for lunch and a visit to the Great Mosque. Mr. Li stayed with our luggage so there was no need to stop at the hotel. On the way to our hotel we asked for recommendations for restaurants and he had a couple of places for us a short distance away. He came into the hotel to assist with providing Chinese language which was nice. The next morning we were picked up again and went to the terracotta warrior site. We even met the farmer who made the discovery this find. Bryan then had a path back to skip the tourist hawker strip and took us for lunch to where many of the workers go to eat. We ate at a hand pulled noodle shop which was very good and so cheap. We then went to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and learned about the traveling monk Xuan Zang who brought and translated Buddhist scriptures from India. And we finished up with a walk of the Xi’an city wall.
Bryan Bai’s historical knowledge really made his tour very memorable. He adds some humor to keep it from being too dry. With the car, driver, and knowledge of his city, we thought his tour service was excellent and had great value. He gives you his cell number to assist with any language issues which is nice. I too would highly recommend him. Also it turns out that although December is cool, it is also not overrun with tourists. Many of the morning locations we seem to have it for ourselves.