Darling Hotel

No.28 Nanxin Street, Xincheng District, Xi'an, Shaanxi, 710004, China
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Forum Posts

private tour of Terracotta Warriors and Xian sights

by piglet44

what is a reasonable price for a driver to take us on a tour of the terracotta warriors, the History museum and the Wild Goose pagoda?
We have been quoted all sorts of prices from 140y to 900!!

Re: private tour of Terracotta Warriors and Xian sights

by ellyse

Cost would vary according to what exactly you're getting for the price. Variable aspects include: type of vehicle, actual English level of the guide, number of shopping stops, so on and so forth!
Try contacting John (johnqingg2004@yahoo.com.cn) and see what his quote. I would trust him to give a reasonable quote.

Re: private tour of Terracotta Warriors and Xian sights

by ellyse

Also, on the TripAdvisor forums a traveller asked why his tour had so many shopping stops. Someone very candidly and bluntly answered, because he paid too little for his tour! Which's very true, unfortunately...

Re: private tour of Terracotta Warriors and Xian sights

by jasmine_ding

If the price for a driver is lower than 400 yuan, it means that your tour will be filled with souvenir stores. And I'm sure you need a good English speaking tour guide, so the price is much higher than 400 yuan. When will you come to Xi'an? The price is various because of different seasons. I am not a professional guide, but I'd like to offer helpful information about my city.

Re: private tour of Terracotta Warriors and Xian sights

by piglet44

thank you Ellyse and Jasmine.I was in contact with your friend John ,Ellyse and his quote was actually 300.Does that mean a lot of shopping stops? :-)
I also contacted Jeff who was recommended by some tripadvisor travellers, and he offered us 900 for the car and driver, and an extra 80 for the guide.Sounds rather high considering it did not include the meal or the entrance to the places???

Re: private tour of Terracotta Warriors and Xian sights

by ellyse

I would trust John's quote. Make sure you tell him that you want absolutely no shopping stops, and that you would prefer to have himself as the guide instead of someone else.

Re: private tour of Terracotta Warriors and Xian sights

by piglet44

thank you Ellyse.We will do that.

Re: private tour of Terracotta Warriors and Xian sights

by xian_48

Good luck for you. have a good time in Xi'an.

Re: private tour of Terracotta Warriors and Xian sights

by jasmine_ding

You'd better know what will be included in the cost, tickets, and tell them what you exactly want? Finally, I guess, the price is almost the same, tickets,vehicle, a driver and a guide.

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Re: private tour of Terracotta Warriors and Xian sights

by chinaguy

It cost around 500RMB if you are jion the tour group the cost will be drop down .

Travel Tips for Xi'an

Merchandising

by solopes

China bets in tourism, and the museum of Xi’an is a good sign of it.

Modern and functional building, with merchandising dominating entrances and meeting points.

The prices… well, the prices… (pull out some dollar bills and… bargain, bargain, bargain…)

Arriving at Xian Station

by mke1963

Thought the taxi situation couldn't get much worse than Beijing Zhan, but Xian has successfully managed to do that.
When you come out of the doors into a true mass of people, there is absolutely no sign of taxis or where to go for them.
There are plenty of taxi touts who will find you, but these are just 'brokers' who will then find a taxi and mark the price up substantially. If you do not have much luggage, then it is better to walk straight ahead PAST the big blue hoardings and the taxis are on the left hand side on the other side of the hoardings (taxis here are bright green).
If you have a lot of luggage, then you may have to just pay the rip-off rate. (We paid RMB100 for a minibus for 6 to the southside of the city....two taxis would have cost us around RMB28)...and this was after a lot of negotiating in Chinese. The one satisfaction was that we managed to avoid paying the taxi tout 'broker' anything because she lied to us about the price and we and the minibus driver refused to have anything to do with her!

Great Mosque / Daqingzhen Si

by andronikkie

This mosque is one of the oldest and largest in China. As Xi'an was at the end and the beginning of the ancient silk road, muslim merchants came and married Han Chinese women, who then converted to Islam.
This mosque is one of the best sights I've seen in China, maybe because it has this unheralded and unexpected beauty. The main attraction is it's gardens. It is about 12.000 sq. meters. It has a complete visual and oral harmony. Everywhere you turn you see balanced compositions of rocks, buildings and plants. The sounds you listen to are only birds chirping, away from the maddness of Xi'an city's car traffic. It is a paradise of harmony, calmness and tranquility and has very few (mainly western) tourists.
When you buy your ticket at the entrance you will get a little booklet both in Chinese and English. Read it, as it has a lot of interesting information on the various sights. For one thing, this is one of the few mosques without a minaret. Instead it has a tall chinese pagoda for the call to prayer. There are 5 calls to prayer every day. I think one is at 16.40 and one at 18.30.
Non muslim visitors are not allowed into the prayer hall. However even outside there are quite a few antiquities (2 ancient stelae) and also antique furniture in the side pavillions.
It is open 8am to 8.30pm every day.
To get there you walk underneath the Drum Tower. In front of you you will see a large road with food street vendors linning up both sides of the pavement. You will turn left on the first side road (a few steps away from the Drum Tower). This road is lined up with antique souvenir shops. Walk for about 5-10 minutes browsing. You will turn left at the first turn to the left. This is the entrance to the Great Mosque.

The Terracotta Army

by Luchonda

Just like some farmers discovered this army - 35 years ago!
Actually the archeologes notice that the warrior faces are different one by one.
The statues and decorations are also different.From the rank of general to "bow carrier" every sculpture is different.
The statues were painted - the wooden weapons are vanished.

Lantern Festival

by al2401

Lantern festivals are a great tradition in China. Xi'an holds its festival on the city walls. It starts around the 15th of the first lunar month and lanterns have many themes - depicting Tang Dynasty and Shaanxi Customs as well as nature themes.

I was not fortunate to be there at the time of the festival but saw many of the lanterns on the wall during my bike ride. Check out the web site for pictures of the festival at night.

Even unlit the lanterns are amazing.

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