Xi'an was a 'must-visit' city in our 13 day tour of China and after visiting this city, i realise that this truly is a lifetime experience.
We traveled with China Odyssey Tours who arranged our entire trip for us and made travel between cities, between transport hubs and the take overs from one guide to another, very seamless, easy and comfortable.
Due to certain travel issues we had a little over a day in Xi'an and our guide Eric did his best to fit in all that we wanted to see: that too without rushing us through the sites but giving us time to view, marvel and simply stare in wonderment: and you will come across sites in Xi'an when you find yourself doing just that!!!!
We visited the City walls and Eric encouraged us to cycle around. We hadn't considered this before but we ended up having such a blast. It was cold and misty so the cycling warmed us up, And from up the wall, it was great to see the city come alive again; the temples, the markets, the shops, the old style homes. It is such a beautiful blend of antique and contemporary!!!
The museum of the Terracotta army is unbelievably amazing. I have seen so many pictures of this place, watched documentaries on TV and the internet, but none do justice to the real thing. The entire complex is huge and such a wonder. We spent a while here looking at each soldier and distinguishing their rank from the clothing, weapons, headgear: what a creation this is!
We also had an opportunity to meet with one of the local farmers who discovered these ruins. So that was pretty special.
The big Wild Goose Pagoda is another really interesting site, along with the Old Mosque which i found very fascinating as it so different in looks from the Mosques one sees in other parts of the world. The Chinese influence in its building style makes it rather special. And the Muslim street is a must see. The food is just so varied and exotic.
We have returned with a great experience and a whole lot of memories.
We would definitely return to China again and would use China Odyssey tours as as tour operators without any hesitation. They tailor made a tour for us, that worked out beautifully and perfectly and surpassed all our expectations.
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November 26, 2013
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Many thanks for sharing your review with us and other travelers. We regarded your satisfaction as an honor and recognition in our service. Your kind word of “a precious lifetime experience” is the best reason we highly recommend this city to future customers. We wish more and more visitors can take this opportunity to explore this ancient city, such as the Terracotta army, City Wall, The big Wild Goose Pagoda…like yours.
Thank you again for your recommendation.
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