This day trip from Xi'an offers you the opportunity to explore two well-known sites in the eastern area of the Shaanxi Province: Qian Mausoleum and Famen Temple.
What to Expect
At 7.30am, your guide will meet you in your hotel lobby in Xi'an. Then you will take 1.5-hour ride to Qian Mausoleum.
Qianlin Mausoleum was built for a couple, Emperor Gaozong and Empress Wuzetian in Tang Dynasty (618-907AD). However they were buried in 2 separate tombs; between these 2 tombs lies Sacred Road, with sculptures standing on both sides of the road. Your guide will take you to visit the Sacred Road, the famous stele and the big tombs.
Afterwards, visit the Tomb of Prince Yide who was buried nearby. There are 40 well-preserved pieces of tomb paintings about the daily life of the royal family including the hunting, fighting, rituals and maids. From these tomb paintings, you will see the high standard of art during the Tang Dynasty.
Lunch is included at a local restaurant.
Continue driving 1.5 hours to Famen Temple. The history of Famen Temple can be traced back to Northern Zhou Dynasty(6th century AD), but it was named Famen in 618 in Tang Dynasty. In 1987, four relics were found under the Relic Pagoda. Two of these were made of white jade. The third relic was from a famous monk. These three are called duplicate relics. The true relic, a finger bone of the Sakyamuni Buddha, is yellow-colored, with bone-like secretory granules. Thereafter, Famen Temple became a Buddhist place of pilgrimage.
Visit Treasure Hall, Grand Hall, Relic Pagoda and Namaste Dagoba. The Dagoba was designed to not only be a place of worship but to house the relics unearthed from the Famen Pagoda. However, the True Relic will only be exhibited on the first and 15th of each month of the Chinese calendar, Saturday, Sunday and Chinese holidays.
Finally drive for 2.5 hours back to your hotel in Xi'an where the trip concludes.
- Local guide
- Entrance fees
- Private vehicle