Xian Day Tour – Great Mosque, Ancient City Wall with Bicycle, Muslim Street, Shadow Play in the Gao Coutyard (Private)

Xi'an Tourthe Ancient City Wall, Great Mosque, the Muslim Street, the Gao Grand Courtyard
price from $88 p/p
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  • starting from price base on 2 people.
  • Total Cost will be different base on your travelling date and person number.
  • Tour Code: XAD-11
  • Tour Type: Private tour
  • Duration: 8 hours (approx)
  • Pick-up Point: hotel in Xi'an
  • Return Point: hotel in Xi'an
  • Start Time: 8:30am

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Xi’an is a world-famous ancient city which is one of the Four Civilized Ancient Capitals in the world. It’s the birthplace of Chinese civilization and representative of Chinese culture. It was once the political, economic and cultural center of China, which is also place of origin of the famous Silk Road. The one day tour will lead you to experience ancient architecture and local life in Xi’an.


  • Definitely NO SHOPPING, NO DETOUR.
  • All sightseeing, transfer, English-speaking guide.
  • The Itinerary can be tailored or adjusted according to your requests.                 
  • Visit the Ancient City Wall, Great Mosque, the Muslim Street, the Gao Grand Courtyard.    
  • Instant confirm and available daily.

Highlights of the trip

  • The Ancient City Wall is the longest, oldest and best-preserved extant city defense system from ancient China with a history of more than 600 years. It is one of the most beautiful landmarks in Xi'an. Going up on the city wall, you will have a beautiful view of the Bell Tower, the Drum Tower, the center of the city.
  • Visit Great Mosque, it’s one of the largest Islamic mosques in China and also the most important example of the Hui nationality’s mosque in China.
  • The Gao Grand Courtyard was listed as a Key project of Sino-Norway Historical Districts Protection in 1999. It was thoroughly repaired, which won the "Prize for Cultural Heritage Protection in Asian Pacific Area of UNESCO in 2002".
  • Visit Muslim Street which is Xi'an's the most famous food street.



In the morning, Guide will meet you at your hotel at 8:30, and you will first visit the Ancient City Wall, the 13.7 kilometers City Wall is a landmark of Xi’an and one of the top sights for visitors. Then visit Great Mosque, it’s one of the largest Islamic mosques in China and also the most important example of the Hui nationality's mosque in China.

The Ancient City Wall

The Ancient City Wall was built between 1374AD and 1378AD under the regime of Emperor Zhu Yuanzhang. It is recognized a landmark in Xi’an, which divides the city into the inner part and the outer part. The 13.7 kilometers City Wall once was the fortification encircles the old Xi’an City. It is one of the top attractions for visitors. When ascending to the top, you can have great view of the old inner city and the modern outer city. It is even better to experience a bike ride for extra miles on the wall when weather permits.

The Great Mosque

The Great Mosque enjoys the reputation as one of the four oldest and best-preserved mosques in china. The majority of the mosque was built in Tang Dynasty (reign of Emperor Xuan Zong 685-762). It was later promoted to a Major Historical and Cultural Site Protected at the National Level in 1988. Today, it’s still used as a place of worship by Chinese Muslims, primarily Hui people. Its architecture combines a traditional Chinese architectural form with Islamic functionality.

After lunch, you will visit the Muslim Street, which lies 100 meters west of the Bell tower in downtown Xi'an. Therer are many unique stall, souvenir shop, cafe and bars which are mostly run by Muslim people. Also it is a gathering place of Xi'an special snacks. Then visit the Gao Grand Courtyard.

Muslim Street

The Muslim quarters lies 100 meters west of the Bell tower in downtown Xi'an. The 500 meters long avenue paved by bluestones are dotted with many unique stall, souvenir shop, café and bars which are mostly run by Muslim people. Tourists, especially from overseas come and shop here.


The Gao Grand Courtyard

The Gao Grand Courtyard is located at Beiyuanmen Street in the center of Xi’an. The 400-year-old courtyard was listed as a Key project of Sino-Norway Historical Districts Protection in 1999. It was thoroughly repaired, which won the "Prize for Cultural Heritage Protection in Asian Pacific Area of UNESCO in 2002". If you like Chinese folk arts and come to visit, you’ll enjoy the architectural art of the Ming and Qing Dynasties with old buildings, antique furniture and splendid gardens. And you'll also feast your eyes with Chinese Shadow puppet play which has been recognized as the "magic of the East".

At the end of this tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel in Xi'an.

Price Include & Exclude

Price Includes:
  • Entrance Fees to the listed attractions
  • Private Transfers: Private air conditioned vehicle with a driver and English-speaking guide for transfers in the above cities.
  • English-speaking guide: We choose guide who are responsible, knowledgeable and has a sense of humor to accompany you throughout the city.
  • Insurance: The insurance is China Life Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance.
  • Arrangements: The tour cost includes planning, handling, operational and communication charges.
Price excludes:
  • All personal expense, e.g. souvenir.
  • Lunch is not included, but guide can help to book seat and order food if needed.
  • Gratuities to guide and driver.


  • No shopping tour with private guide and van.
  • Pick-up and drop-off hotel or personal address is supposed to be in the city. Then the visiting order may change according to your location or traffic conditions.
  • Brand of Van is the most popular kind in good condition. If for luxury brand like Bens, Audi, prices may vary accordingly.
  • Tour itinerary can be customized to your needs.
  • The price is for an English guide. Additional costs may apply if a different language guide is needed (We offer French and Spanish-speaking guide as well).


Our policy covers you against personal accident, medical costs to domestic flight delays.
Medical expenses up to CNY 30,000
Personal accident up to CNY 300,000
Flight delay (over 4 hours) up to CNY 400
We strongly recommend you to have more comprehensive travel insurance that covers you for medical costs during hospitalization, emergency travel and repatriation back to your home country.

Important Notes

  • Physical rating of the trip: the trip involves light walking and hiking that is suitable for most fitness levels. For all who are able to walk without the aid of another person, climb 3-4 flights of stairs, carry their own belongs at a minimum, would be able to complete the tour pleasantly.
  • Visa application that should be done on your own by submitting to Chinese embassy in your country. ETripChina can provide you free invitation form after your payment.


We understand that there may be many unforeseen events happen. Please note with the cancellation policy if you have to cancel your tour after booking.
For land tours only:
1. 15 days before commencement of services: 100% refund.
2. 7 to 14 days before commencement of services: charge 10% of the tour price
3. 2 to 6 days before commencement of services: charge 50% of the tour price
4. within 2 days of commencement of services or no-show travelers: charge 100% of the tour price
After the trip has commenced, we are unable to refund any amount for unused services due to your willingness, early departure, late arrival, or missed days on tours.
If any air tickets/ train tickets /hotel booking made, all cancellation penalties imposed by the airline/ China Rail / Hotels will apply.

Customer Reviews

Doris ,Aug. 10, 2016

The Great Mosque of Xi'an is spectacular and worth visiting. We thought that the blend of Islamic and Chinese architecture to be amazing. We enjoyed cycling on the Ancient Wall and the short shadow play in the Gao Grand Courtyard. You can’t imagine how busy and unique the Muslin Street is. You can taste all kinds of local street food and buy souvenirs there. We were so enjoyable for this tour.

Carl , Mar. 12, 2017

It was such a joy to watch the puppet shadow show in traditional courtyard. Highly recommended. And Mosque is different from style seen in other countries. Beautify grounds, historic stone tablets and pagodas. We did our prayers at this mosque, made us feel like we were back in time.


asked by Ann , Sep. 17, 2016What is Chinese Shadow puppet play? Where can I see in Xi’an?
answer by Tina,Sep. 18, 2016

Shadow puppet plays, also known as shadow play or lamp shadow play, is a folk opera form of cutting beast skin or hard paper board into articulated figures and performing in front of an illuminated backdrop to create the illusion of moving images. Accompanied by music, performers manipulate the figures and sing. They call the art form Chinese shadow play. You can join the one-day tour to see the play in the Gao Grand Courtyard.

asked by Joseph , Apr. 28, 2017I like this one-day tour, and I heard the Tang Dynasty Show, can I add it in my one-day tour?
answer by Nina, Apr. 29, 2017

I am glad that you like this one-day tour. You can watch the show after your day-time tour. The Tang Dynasty Show is an outstanding element of ancient rich and prosperous society, giving an insight into the peaceful life style of the Tang Dynasty. There are different kinds of tickets, such as the performance includes dinner or excludes dinner. The price will be different accordingly. So please let me know which you would prefer, we will book for you in advance and arrange tour guide to lead you there, we need to charge extra fees accordingly.

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