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China (with VPN), Hong Kong and Macau: eSIM Data Plan

1. China (with VPN), Hong Kong and Macau: eSIM Data Plan

Enjoy a high-speed data pack to stay connected with your friends and family on WhatsApp and seamlessly check up on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter throughout your trip to China. Access all these Apps and websites without being restricted by the Chinese firewall or using a VPN, providing you with connectivity if you are going to China, Hong Kong, or Macau. This data plan comes with an eSIM and you don’t have to switch SIM Cards between your devices anymore. Simply scan the eSIM profile then follow the simple steps of installation and you can get connected to the Internet once you arrive. The eSIM data service is only supported on eSIM enabled devices. Please check if your devices have eSIM functions before you place the orders. All iPhone model launched beyond iPhone XS can support eSIM. For Android, if you are unsure, please check with the guideline photo for eligibility. If you can not connect to the internet after install this eSIM, please follow the Self Help Troubleshooting Guide in your GYG voucher. APN (Access Point Name): ctm-mobile Local operator info: China - China Unicom Hong Kong: csl Macau: CTM

Xian: Terracotta Army Guided Bus Tour or Ticket Only Option

2. Xian: Terracotta Army Guided Bus Tour or Ticket Only Option

Discover the artifacts from one of the world’s most significant archaeological excavations on this trip from Xi’an. Depart from Xi’an and enjoy a ride to the Emperor Qinshihuang’s Mausoleum Site Museum, which is home to over 7,000 terracotta warriors, which are over 2000 years old. Pay a visit to a Terracotta Warriors Replica factory to see how the Terracotta Warriors are made in ancient times. Then see the over 7,000 terracotta warriors, terracotta horses, and numerous bronze chariots and weapons, and learn about China's first emperor, for whom the warriors were built. See artifacts from the first unified empire in Chinese history while learning about the rise of the empire. Enjoy a lunch and then get transfered back to your downtown hotel.

Terra-cotta Warriors Ticket with Optional Guided Service

3. Terra-cotta Warriors Ticket with Optional Guided Service

As the former capital of China, Xi’an was the seat of the Chinese Emperor for more than 10 dynasties over a period of 1,000 years. On this half-day, 4-5-hour private tour you will visit one of the highlights of Xi’an, the thousands of life-sized terracotta warriors in the superb mausoleum museum. Visiting the Terracotta Warriors and Horses is a highlight of any Xi'an tour, and gives you the chance to see more than 8,000 life-size Qin Dynasty-era model soldiers. Discovered in 1974, the warriors are located to the east of Emperor Qin Shihuang's Tomb, where the man who first unified China is buried. Among the three pits, No. 1 pit is the largest, containing more than 6,000 clay warriors and horses in 11 three-meter deep corridors. Since their discovery, the warriors have captured the world’s imagination as they have traveled the globe, from England to America to Chile. The warriors and horses are now back in China, displayed in an oblong battle formation of the Qin Dynasty. Facing east, they look healthy and determined, with different facial expressions that all reflect Emperor Qingshihuang's determination to wipe out the other 6 states and unify the entire country. Travel from Xi’an City with a private guide to get an intimate view of this magnificent exhibition, with personalized attention and the best local knowledge available.

Xi’an Night Great Tang Dynasty Show option Dumpling Dinner

4. Xi’an Night Great Tang Dynasty Show option Dumpling Dinner

Xi’an earned its fame as the former Chinese Capital City for 13 dynasties, including during the Tang Dynasty when China was the most powerful empire and Chang’an (the former name of Xi’an) was the biggest international metropolis in the world. The Great Tang Dynasty Show recreates the grand feel of that period with dancing and a musical show. You can also enjoy a dumpling dinner at the theatre (depending on option chosen). You will be picked up from your hotel by a premium car if the transfer option is selected. You will receive the booking information at least one day before the show starts, including your full name, date of show, starting time of the show, the address of the theatre in English and Chinese, and emergency contact number. The shows usually starts at 7:530 PM and you are suggested to get there 30 minutes in advance. After finding your seat with help from the staff, get ready to appreciate an amazing show filled with Tang history and culture. There are five scenes in total of the Tang Dynasty Show telling you the story of the Dynasty's only-ever Empress, Wu Ze Tian. Through her life story, the audience will also get to learn about the culture, military history, and religion of the Tang Dynasty. You can also choose to have a dumpling dinner before the show. Note: During the off-peak season (January to March), the confirmation for the Tang Dynasty Music & Dance Show in Tangle Palace Theatre may be received as late as 12:00 noon on the day of the show. If you cannot wait until then, you can cancel the activity on the platform by yourself. (For example, if you book the January 5th Tang Dynasty Music & Dance Show on January 1st, the confirmation for this show may be received as late as 12:00 noon on January 5th).

Xi'an: Terracotta Warriors Private Tour with Optional Lunch

5. Xi'an: Terracotta Warriors Private Tour with Optional Lunch

The unexpected unearthing of the Terracotta Warriors, a hoard of legendary life-sized clay soldiers intended to fill an emperor’s elaborate mausoleum, is renowned as one of the world’s greatest archaeological events. On this 2.5-hour tour, experience the wonder of these ancient artifacts and gain a deep understanding from your expert tour guide about the First Emperor’s vision for his afterlife and his unification of China, which shaped the nation as it is known today.  You will be collected from your accommodation in Xi'an downtown area and driven to the Terracotta Warriors Museum in a comfortable air-conditioned coach. Your unforgettable tour begins in Pit 1 of the museum, which is the largest of the excavated pits and home to around 6,000 soldiers. Then, head to Pit 2 and 3, where the cavalry and infantry units and officers are located. The famous Bronze Chariot Pit, where two painted bronze chariots are on display, will not be forgotten.  Your expert tour guide will give you a comprehensive introduction to Imperial China’s distinctive approach to funerary art as well as the celebrated sculptures of their scale, both in terms of each individual sculpture’s height and of the group as a whole. If you select the lunch option, you will be treated a traditional local style Chinese set meau meal at "Da Qin Xiao Yan," a restaurant with a special Qin culture themed restaurant before being transferred back to your accommodation. 

Greater China (with VPN): eSim Mobile Data Day Plan

6. Greater China (with VPN): eSim Mobile Data Day Plan

Make your trip hassle-free with your convenient eSIM. Stay connected on your travels with 4G/5G high-speed coverage in China, Hong Kong, and Macau. Purchase and install your eSIM anytime and anywhere, and choose from a variety of data packages, validity options, and coverage in additional countries. Simply scan the eSIM QR code to access all your essential apps on your trip. Avoid the trouble of managing multiple SIMs with this zero-waste solution. Get one eSIM per device and top up by simply buying and activating additional eSIM plans as you go. Once activated, your coverage will begin according to your selected duration. Most devices released after 2019 are compatible with eSIM (e.g. iPhone XR, XS of models beyond, Google Pixel 4 and beyond). If you are unsure, please check the compatibility guideline photo to confirm eligibility. If you can not connect to the internet after install this eSIM, please follow the Self Help Troubleshooting Guide in your GYG voucher. Carriers to use:China Mainland: CMCC /Hong Kong: CSL /Macau: CTM

Xi'an Muslim Quarter Night Market Foodie Walking Tour

7. Xi'an Muslim Quarter Night Market Foodie Walking Tour

The Muslim Quarter’s narrow lanes are full of butcher shops, sesame oil factories, smaller mosques hidden behind enormous wooden doors, men in white skullcaps and women with their heads covered in colored scarves. Steeped in history, the neighborhood has housed a largely Muslim population since the 7th century. Many of the dishes served have changed little since that time. Follow our private tour will offer incredible smells and tastes. Chefs stir-fry lamb and spices in hot woks set over blazing hot coal ovens. Nearby, hawkers roast walnuts or sell prunes of varying prices and degrees of quality. Stacks of bamboo baskets filled with mutton and beef dumplings steam away next to fresh fruit vendors and old ladies stir-frying potatoes. In addition to tasting the exquisite local cuisine, you can also have two options to visit to Great Mosque or Gaojia Courtyard. Great Mosque is the largest and best-preserved of the early mosques of China, which was built primarily in the Ming Dynasty when Chinese architectural elements were synthesized into mosque architecture. Gaojia Courtyard also is a well-preserved Ming and Qing architecture.(Entrance fee is on your own) After walking through the main street, your tour guide will lead you to the small lane in the quarter to the Sajinqiao area, where the real delicacies are.

Xi'an Highlights: Terracotta Warriors Private Day Tour

8. Xi'an Highlights: Terracotta Warriors Private Day Tour

This private customizable day tour will take you to visit the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum and two of the following highlights of Xian according to your personal interests: The Tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huangdi, Banpo Museum, Shaanxi History Museum, Xian City Wall, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, The Great Mosque or the Muslim Street. Start with a pickup from your downtown Xi'an hotel lobby and a one-hour drive onboard a private vehicle. Visit the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum. Marvel at the massive life-sized terracotta warriors and horses troops. Experience the wonder of these ancient artifacts and gain a deep understanding of the First Emperor’s vision for his afterlife and his unification of China. Afterward, visit two of the following recommended sites. If you cannot decide on what to see, then the Xian City Wall and the Muslim Streets will be the default. At the end of the tour, get a transfer back to your downtown Xi'an hotel.

Private Half-day tour to the Terracotta Army Museum

9. Private Half-day tour to the Terracotta Army Museum

Meet your local guide in the lobby of your Xi’an downtown hotel, heading directly to Terracotta Warriors. On the way, your tour guide will explain Xi’an’s history, culture and local's life, feel free to ask questions if you have. The Terracotta Army Museum is considered one of the greatest archaeological sites in the world, and one of the greatest discoveries of the 20th century.  Explore the massive museum with your tour guide, hear stories about the first emperor Qinshihuang. The museum mainly consists of three vaults and an exhibition hall with 8000 life size terracotta warriors all in the real battle formation, which were buried underground over 2200 years You will spend about 2 hours in the museum, then you will be transferred back to your hotel in city.

Xi'an: Private Half-Day Terracotta Warriors Tour with Pickup

10. Xi'an: Private Half-Day Terracotta Warriors Tour with Pickup

A quick tour to explore the UNESCO listed world-heritage, Terracotta Warriors and Horses of the First Emperor of Qin, with airport and train station pickup and drop-off for people have a limited time in Xi'an. You will be picked up at downtown Xian hotels and drive directly to this historical highlight of Xi'an with no unnecessary stops at any shopping facility. Our licensed tour guides will share their knowledge and the history behind the world-renowned archeological wonder.

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4.7 / 5

based on 153 reviews

the group tour end up being a private tour cause I was the only partecipant. the tour guide, Nobel Liu, is a passionate man who love talking about his city and stories of the different myths that are spread in China's history. I couldn't have a better experience. After the tour he also offered to give me some advice about food and places I hadn't seen yet.

We really enjoyed the day trip. The Terracotta Army is very impressive! This alone is worth a trip to Xi'an. We had a great tour guide, with good English skills and a lot of passion. The included lunch was also very good, with typical dishes from the region in a nice tea house atmosphere.

The SIM worked like magic. However, activating it was bit challenging. The SIM registration was smooth (just scanned QR code), but I had to turn on "Data Roaming" in my phone to get it to work. I am using a Samsung S20.

Elysian and the driver were great. Car very comfortable. The Terracotta Army was very impressive!

The tour guide is extremely knowledgeable and friendly!