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Intrepid and authentic, this Xi’an adventure is not for the faint of heart! Travel by vintage sidecar and jeep to explore the Loess plateau and its canyons. Venture through mazes of cave dwellings then dive into the local culture with a night in one of these remarkable abodes.
Visit a maze of inhabited loess caves then spend a night in a typical family cave dwelling.
Get a closer look at Xi’an’s countryside traveling by sidecar and jeep, memorable ways to get off the tourist trail.
See the famed Terracotta Warriors as well as ancient pagodas, modern art centres and traditional villages.
Xian By Side Car, Jeep And Night In A Cave Dwelling - 2 Days / 1 Night
Begin the Xi’an explorations with a 9:30 AM hotel departure, heading directly into the Qinling Mountains. Enjoy amazing, up-close views of the stunning Loess plateau and its sweeping canyons from a vintage sidecar. Following the local guide into the maze of historical wonders, visit troglodyte locals still living in cave dwellings. Though the figure is uncertain, it is believed that millions of people in China still live in cave dwellings that are built into the loess rock.
Note: Max capacity passengers: 1 passenger per side car / 4 passengers per jeep (+ driver) Helmets and rain gear are at your disposal
A wide range of additional options are available, from Champagne to video camera renting and editing (GoPro camera)
Lunch on the Loess plateau.
Switch out the sidecar to a vintage 1960s’ jeep, a trusty road companion that won respect from both Chinese soldiers and farmers. Drive onwards to visit a blacksmith that still forges traditional weapons, a very unique opportunity to see local crafts at work. Transfer back to the outskirts of Xi’an and visit of the Art district, modeled on the previously underground and increasingly popular 798 arts district of Beijing. Known locally as the ‘Textile City Art Area, it is located very near to the Ban Po Ancient Village, another interesting Xi’an visit. Continue the drive on to the Wang family cave dwelling, where the night will be spent.
Dinner & overnight in the Wang family cave dwelling
Note: the house has potable water well and electricity! But rooms don’t have modern shower or bathtub, just a kind of traditional basin -with hot and cold water at disposal- hidden by a clothing screen). The house can arrange 6 pax maximum and 6 pax more in neighbor’s cave.
After breakfast, head via jeep to the icon of Xi’an: the world famous Terra Cotta Warriors!
In 1974, a few farmers stumbled upon what is considered today one of the greatest archaeological finds in history. Inspired by the emperor Qin Shi Huangdi’s fear of malevolent spirits, this grand mausoleum army of infantrymen, archers, and cavalry riders was built to protect him in the Afterlife. Just to show how much detail went into this feat, each of the thousands of Terra Cotta Warriors has a different face from a soldier during the Emperor’s life!
Begin the Xi’an Terra Cotta Warriors tour with a visit to pit two and pit three (there are a total of three viewing pits.) Number 2 reveals the excavations that are still underway, while number 3 displays the majority of the items on display. End with pit number 1, the most impressive, with about 2,000 warriors standing on display.
There is also a small museum on site that houses two splendid bronze chariots found in 1980 west of the mausoleum. You can now see them on display along with other artifacts.
Wrap up the Xi’an Terra Cotta Warriors tour with a visit to a vineyard built by a prominent architect for lunch and wine tasting. Meet the local people (and listen to their amazing life stories) and visit a 1,400 year old Temple where thousands of ancient Buddhist sculptures are hidden deep in the forest.
Transfer back to Xi’an
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