1 Day Private Tour to Yuanjia Village and Local Cave Dwelling

Trip name:

1 Day Private Tour to Yuanjia Village and Local Cave Dwelling

Trip code:

LS- XA-1D-Local village and cave house

Trip length:

1 Day

Trip overview:

Besides historical sights and concrete modern complex, Xian can also offer you a new experience of rural life. This day trip will lead you to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and freshen up in Yuanjia Village and Cave Dwelling. Yuanjia Village is one of the villages that Ming and Qing Dynasty style folk house still well preserved. In the afternoon, you will head for a featured local dwelling - cave house. You will be surprised of such kind of dwelling standing the test of time.

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* Note: This price is per person.

1.Get away from the busyness and clamour of city and freshen up in the rural area;
2.Take a bite at the real Shaanxi folk culture;
3.Visit a local cave dwelling family and learn about their life;
4.Get insight of the mechanism of cave house;
5.Be amazed by the folk people’s intelligence.
Detailed itinerary

Day 1 Yuanjia Village, Cave House Dwelling

    09:00: Your personal guide will hold a welcome board with your name on and wait for you at your hotel lobby. You will set out to enjoy this discovery tour.

    10:20 - 15:00: The priority for this tour is Yuanjia Village. Driving for over an hour, you will see this original rural countryside with the zigzagging and rolling Jiuzong Mountain towering in the north. Entering the village, the first scene comes to your eye is a large orchard planted with apple trees, pear trees, grape trellis, etc.. Furthering on, a broad path will turn up and lead you to the core of the village. Leading by the elegant alleys made of blue stones, you will pass the rows of local family houses and find yourselves inside of a area with stores and workshops standing on both sides selling daily necessities like edible oil, Fermented Glutinous Rice Soup, Tofu, cayenne pepper, flour etc., locally-produced yogurt, different kinds of noodles and local specialties. There are all together about 300 snack bars and restaurants here, presenting all kinds of Northwestern China food culture. Some of them still preserved the traditional culinary methods and the vegetables and ingredients all come from local greenhouses. You are recommended to try some. If you got lucky, you may encounter some big events and a real feast of drum performance, folk dance and Qin opera show will be on display. When you stand in a certain point, you may still see a few old houses that stand awkwardly afar, with yellow smoke curling up from the kitchen chimneys, roosters crowing, dogs barking and children playing outside. This is the real countryside life. Everything is just so quiet and so natural.

    15:30 - 16:30: Your next stop is Local Cave House Dwelling. Cave dwelling has existed in China for over 4000 years. However, it was in Han Dynasty when this dwelling form become popular and widely used. With the improvement of techniques, cave house has been modernized nowadays, but we can still see what it look like in old times. There are several cave houses left nearby the Yuanjia Village, one of which will be today’s visiting objective. You will see a big yard with rectangular walls surrounded. Inside of the yard are a row of concrete houses in one side, and on the other side, the cave houses. Most cave houses here are carved out of a hillside or excavated horizontally from a sunken courtyard. There is a big window beside the door to allow as much as light to come through. Entering the house, you will see a big “bed” aside or deep inside. This is a special bed named “Kang” in local dialect. It’s made of mud and bricks. People use bricks to build a rectangular wall and covers it with flat stone slabs. In Winter, people just burn the dry straws and corn stalks inside and the “Kang” will be warm. Another amazing fact is that cave house is quite cool in Summer, and there is little heating required in Winter. This is probably why many people choose to stay at cave house.

    17:30: This day trip will come to an end and you will be dropped off at hotel for rest.

    Yuanjiacun Village    Cave Dwelling

Additional Information

What’s included:

Air-conditioned vehicles with experienced driver.
Licensed Chinese- English bilingual speaking tour guide.
Entrance fee for Cave House Dwelling.
Bottled water.

What’s not included:

Personal expenses or private entertainment items at the sights.
Tips or gratuities for guide and driver if we did a good job (recommended)

What to take:  smile and a relaxed, enthusiastic attitude.

Good to know:

1. As our customer, your time is very valuable to us. We will never take you to any factories or shops for shopping.
2. Please be aware that the clay making experience is changeable. If you prefer other activities or even no experience at all, please advise.
3. What we provide are high-quality private tours, you will only be with your families or friends. There are no other people joining your tour.
4. Wheelchairs are available, please advise prior to your trip in case you need any.
5. As honest as local farmers are, we don’t suggest you try anything they sell unless you are absolutely sure that you want to buy.
6. A regular day tour will last 8-9 hours. If you want a tour with a duration exceeding the working period of our tour guide and driver, we need to charge you for your extra hours at the standard rate of 100 RMB per hour.
7. Please be aware that your itinerary can be changed at anytime. Whenever you want to adjust it, we will help you with that.
8. What we provide are high-quality private tours, you will only be with your families or friends. There are no other people joining your tour.

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