Lying over 1000km from Beijing, Xi’an is the capital city of Shannxi Province in central China, and one of the most famous and ancient cities in China. It was the imperial city for 13 Chinese dynasties, lasting over 1000 years, and the starting point of the famed Silk Road. Its old city walls are some of the best-preserved in the country. During the Tang Dynasty (618-907AD), Xi’an was one of the greatest cities in the world with a population of over one million, and was a centre of international trade.
The focus of this trip is the incredible Terracotta Warriors, at the tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Hung, 25km east of the city. Despite their world renown, the Terracotta Warriors were only discovered in 1974 when local farmers were digging a well. Buried for over 2000 years, the ranks of soldiers that can be seen today are one of the most amazing sights in China, yet were never intended to be seen by the public. Thousands of life-size terracotta figures of warriors, horses and chariots stand in battle formation, designed to follow their emperor into immortality. The figures have different facial expressions and marks of rank, and are incredibly lifelike. Originally they carried real weapons such as bows, swords and crossbows, many of which remain – and were still sharp when first uncovered.
This is a great opportunity to extend your stay after your Great Wall trek and experience what is considered by many to be the eighth wonder of the world.
Camilla - June 2019
Discover Adventure would be my go to for any kind of adventure challenge. There are endless options of incredible places to go and you're guaranteed to work with excellent crew both in-country and from DA. A wonderful bonding experience with the other participants too! A lot of fun, a lot of laughs, and so supportive of each other. Can't wait for another! Nigel was an excellent leader and from the feedback and conversations of others on the trip he made us all feel safe, comfortable and well looked after. Doctor David was also lovely and a very calming presence who kept an eye on all of us.hey were an excellent pairing! James Ren, our in country leader, was also brilliant. Good sense of humour, very respectful and got to know everyone in the group. Informative and interesting too.
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Maryanne - June 2019
For a number of years I had wanted to walk the Great Wall of China. The challenge was the ideal way of doing so. The DA team were brilliant from start to finish. Would highly recommend anyone using them to challenge themselves as individuals as well as raising money for good causes.
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Katie - October 2018
The guides and DA leader were absolutely fantastic. Their support and professionalism were second to none.
Julie - October 2018
Had an amazing time trekking the Great Wall, was lucky to be grouped with a great bunch of people who all got on together. Matt, the DA guide, and James were both excellent in their support of us all.
Sharon - October 2018
Very organised and professional but always friendly and supportive. Nothing was too much trouble, from giving a helping hand when needed to carrying much needed extra water and supplies, fantastic in every respect.