Your local guide will pick you up and we'll make our way over to the ever popular morning food market to buy the freshest local ingredients needed for our cooking lesson. Food markets can be a daunting place when you don’t speak the language or even recognise some of the food on offer, but we've got an expert guide to lead the way and introduce you to some of the delicious staples of Chinese cooking.
We will then drive to the home of a very friendly local family that will show you how to cook a traditional Chinese lunch. The menu will consist of two classic Chinese dishes of your choice (you’ll have six options to choose from, including kung pao chicken, sweet and sour pork and mapo tofu). Our session will also include a lesson in dumpling wrapping and noodle making, which will come in very handy when showing off your new chef skills to friends back home.
After helping your hosts with the meal and learning some of the basics of Chinese cooking, we’ll sit down and eat together. This is a great opportunity to talk to local people about everyday life in Xi’an.
After our very special lunch, we will bid farewell to our new friends and head over to one of China’s most famous and important archaeological sites; the awe-inspiring Terracotta Warriors. Built over 2,000 years ago to guard the first Chinese emperor in the afterlife, the 8,000 soldiers and horses have been painstakingly sculpted and, remarkably, it is said that no two soldiers’ faces are the same. Your guide will introduce you to the story behind the Warriors and their place in the story of the Quin Dynasty. We’ll also make a stop at the museum, which offers some fascinating examples of what the Warriors would have looked like when they were first completed all those centuries ago.
After a memorable day of getting to know the ‘real’ China, we will drop you off back in Xi’an. Don’t forget to ask your guide for advice on where to go next and what else there is to do during your time in Xi’an.
Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, Terracotta Warriors Museum entrance fee, private transportation during the tour, mineral water, lunch.
Exclusions: Additional food and drinks, transportation to and from the meeting/end point, souvenirs and personal shopping, tips/gratuities for your guide and driver.
Dress standard: Please wear comfortable shoes.
Your Trip: For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 6 people.
Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point. Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
Child Policy: Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children below the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour.