At the eastern end of the Silk Road lies Xi’an, one of China’s four great ancient capitals. More than 3,100 years old, Xi’an is loaded with historical sites, from the majestic Bell Tower to the Great Mosque in the Muslim quarter to the very walls that surround the city. A trip to Xi’an is not complete without seeing one of the world’s greatest historical sites – the Terracotta Warriors, located outside the city center.
The Terracotta Warriors are a must-see for anyone touring China. Constructed in the 3rd century BC within the tomb of China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang, the site houses more than 8,000 life-sized soldiers, hundreds of horses, chariots and other non-military figures, all meant to accompany the emperor in the afterlife.
One of the most unusual and exciting ways to see the Terracotta Warriors and other attractions of Xi’an is by riding in the sidecar of a vintage 1950 motorbike. With the wind in your hair and an experienced English-speaking guide as a chauffeur, you can stop at Xi’an’s most iconic spots, with plenty of time to explore on foot. Travelers can opt for a quick spin around the city’s most intriguing sites – a surreal Gothic-deco slaughterhouse, for instance – or for a longer tour that takes in the breathtaking Qinling Mountains and sites outside city walls.
Two people can fit in each sidecar and you can travel in a group of up to ten and tour the city together, with extras like champagne, video camera rental and professional editing offered as optional extras. To find out more about the selection of sidecar tours in Xian, contact one of our Travel Specialists today!