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Xian Museum & Small Wild Goose Pagoda (Xiaoyanta) Tours

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Xian Museum & Small Wild Goose Pagoda (Xiaoyanta)
One of Xi'an’s newest attractions, the Xian Museum, stands nearby one of its oldest, the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, built around 707. The 15-tiered stone structure has witnessed centuries of history—a history on display in its neighboring museum through a collection of archaeological pieces, jade ornaments, calligraphy, and Buddhist art.
 
The Basics
While not as popular as the Shaanxi History Museum and Big Wild Goose Pagoda, this pair of Xian attractions offers a juxtaposed glimpse at the city, ancient and modern. Climb a narrow staircase to the top of the pagoda for panoramic views over the temple complex and then head into the museum to watch a video on the history of the pagoda before touring the collection of Buddhist statues and other works of art.
 
The Xian Museum and neighboring pagoda are sometimes included in sightseeing tours, along with Xi'an attractions, such as the Terracotta Warriors, Xi'an City Wall, and the Muslim District.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Xian Museum and Small Goose Pagoda are must-sees for history buffs and those looking to get off the beaten path.
  • Jianfu Temple, where the Small Goose Pagoda is located, is free to enter but both the pagoda and museum require tickets.
  • Don’t forget to bring a valid photo ID to pick up a free ticket to the museum.
  • Only a limited number of tickets are available each day, so book early to avoid disappointment.
 
How to Get There
Both the museum and pagoda are situated on the grounds of Jianfu Temple in south Xi'an. Tourist buses 7 and 8 both stop near the temple at Xiaoyanta Station, or you can ride the Xi'an Metro (Line 2) to Nanshaomen Station.
 
When to Get There
The temple grounds are open Wednesday to Sunday throughout the year. Plan to visit on a weekday morning, if possible, and avoid visiting on Chinese national holidays.
 
The Magical History of the Small Wild Goose Pagoda
According to local legend, an earthquake in 1487 created a large crack in the wall of the Small Wild Goose Pagoda. In 1521, another earthquake shook the structure, but this time the crack disappeared seemingly overnight. During a restoration in the late 20th century, architects learned that the rammed earth foundation of the pagoda allows it to withstand earthquakes by evenly distributing the pressure, though the mysterious sealing of the crack has never been explained.
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19 Tours and Activities to Experience Xian Museum & Small Wild Goose Pagoda (Xiaoyanta)

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2-Day Xi'an Sightseeing All-Inclusive Private Custom-Made Combo Tour

2-Day Xi'an Sightseeing All-Inclusive Private Custom-Made Combo Tour

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Beat the language barrier and explore Xian in your own style at your own pace on this 2-day private tour. Choose up to six attractions from a possible 15, including signature sights like the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum and lesser-known attractions like bar street or the Calligraphy Museum. Then just sit back and relax as your private guide and driver take you around. Tour includes lunch in non-touristy restaurants.
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  • 2 days
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Classic Xi'an City Bus Tour

Classic Xi'an City Bus Tour

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Discover the rich cultural heritage of Xi'an on a full-day coach tour. Highlights include Small Wild Goose Pagoda, the Xi’an Museum, Xi'an Ancient City Wall, Bell Tower and Drum Tower Square, and the Muslim Quarter. See relics of the Tang and Ming Dynasties, explore important Buddhist and Muslim sites, and learn about the city’s many treasures with a guide. Lunch, entrance tickets, and hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 8 hours
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Private Day Tour of Xi'an Tangbo Art Museum Art Class and Terracotta Warriors

Private Day Tour of Xi'an Tangbo Art Museum Art Class and Terracotta Warriors

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Experience the rich cultural life and history of xi‘an in this private one-day tour, visit the famous museum of terracotta warriors, and learn calligraphy and paper cutting under the guidance of a teacher. This is the best way to participate in the understanding of Chinese history and culture.Includes Xi'an local lunch.
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Impressive Xian Downtown Tour with Driver and Guide

Impressive Xian Downtown Tour with Driver and Guide

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Maximize time in Xi’an with a full-day private downtown tour. Get to know this historic city with a local driver leading the way. Get picked up at your hotel and set out for attractions that are a match for your interests. Customize the itinerary and see top landmarks including the Xi’an ancient city wall, Muslim Street, and the Shaanxi History Museum.
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  • 7 to 9 hours
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Private Half Day Tour of Shaanxi History Museum and Xi'an Museum

Private Half Day Tour of Shaanxi History Museum and Xi'an Museum

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Step back into ancient Chinese history with this guided tour of two of Xi’an’s illustrious history museums. Listen to your private guide’s personalized commentary and gain special insight into the history of the Shaanxi region, dating back to the reign of Emperor Qin Shi Huang (the Emperor buried with the Terracotta Warriors), at the Shaanxi History Museum. Afterward, explore the ancient artifacts at Xi’an Museum and take photos of the remarkable Small Wild Goose Pagoda.
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Xian Customized Terracotta Warriors Day Tour with Hassle Free

Xian Customized Terracotta Warriors Day Tour with Hassle Free

In this tour, going sightseeing in Xian, a city set as capital for thousands of years in Chinese history, you have complete control over your schedule. This tour will lead you to Lintong(Xian suburb), where you can enjoy famous Terracotta Warriors; or to Hanyangling Mausoleum which locates at west suburb; or to Xian downtown to explore Ancient City Wall, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Muslim Quarter... You can freely choose 3 sites within the suggested attractions according to your interest.
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  • 8 hours
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6-Day Xi'an Sightseeing and Deluxe Yangtze River Cruise Tour including Airfare from Xi'an to Chongqing

6-Day Xi'an Sightseeing and Deluxe Yangtze River Cruise Tour including Airfare from Xi'an to Chongqing

Discover the splendors of China on a 6-day tour that combines two days of sightseeing in Xi’an with a 3-day Yangtze River cruise. Visit some of Xi’an’s top sights including the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, which features the burial complex of Emperor Qin. You also stop at the Xi’an City Wall, Small Wild Goose Pagoda and Shaanxi History Museum before flying to Chongqing. Glide down the Yangtze River to Yichang, with shore excursions to Shibaozhai, Shen’nv Stream (Goddess Stream), and Three Gorges Dam.
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1 Day Xian Group Tour: City Highlights

1 Day Xian Group Tour: City Highlights

This group tour includes highlights of the ancient city of Xian. Be ready to immerse yourself in history, culture, and cuisine on this hassle-free tour. See the best-preserved ancient "City Wall", the history book of Xian Museum, the magnificent "Bell Tower and Drum Tower", the Islamic bazaar "Muslim Street" and the national treasure "Big Wild Goose Pagoda".
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  • 8 hours
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Shaanxi History Museum, Xi'an Museum, Stele Forest Museum Day Tour

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Once capital of China, Xian boasts many impressive museums. Hit the historical highlights in double-quick time with the help of your private guide on this intimate door-to-door tour. First, visit the Shaanxi History Museum, where exhibits include four terracotta warriors. Next, venture into the grounds of Small Wild Goose Pagoda for the Xian Museum. Finish at the Forest of Stone Steles Museum, home to a fascinating collection of inscribed stones.
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  • 8 hours
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2 Days Classic Xian Group Tour

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Explore the ancient city of Xi’an on a two-day group tour. In this tour, visit the highlight attractions in Xian. Enjoy the UNESCO World Heritage "Terracotta Warriors", the best-preserved "Xian City Wall", the history book of Xian Museum, the magnificent "Bell Tower and Drum Tower", the historical "Muslim Street", the national treasure "Big Wild Goose Pagoda" and the 6000 year old "Banpo Village".  
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  • 2 days
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1 Day Xian City Highlights Private Tour

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Explore Xi’an’s most popular attractions on a full-day guided tour. After a convenient hotel pickup, tour Xi’an’s 600-year-old city wall, its history museum, the Bell and Drum Tower, the Muslim Quarter, and the Great Wild Goose Pagoda Temple. With an English-speaking guide leading the way, learn the history of China’s ancient capital and taste your way through its most beloved food spots.
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  • 8 hours
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Xian History in Depth

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Xi’an Highlights City Tour with Lunch

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Rewind to China’s Tang dynasty on this full-day private tour of Xian. See highlights dating to this 7th- to 10th-century imperial period, including the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and the tomb murals of Tang nobles at Shaanxi History Museum. Plus, visit the Muslim Quarter to discover its rich food culture originating from the Silk Road era, and walk on Xian’s City Wall. Skip-the-line Shaanxi admission, a Chinese lunch, and central hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 8 hours
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Xian City Wall, Xian Museum, Bell Tower Square & Muslim Quarter Private Day Trip

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1-day delight private day tour covers the trip to Xian City Wall, Xian Museum, Bell Tower Square & Muslim Quarter. No Shopping Steps.
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Private Amazing Xi'an City Day Tour in Your Way

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Make the most of a day in Xi'an with this private customized highlights tour. Accompanied by your professional tour guide, visit the city’s top attractions, such as the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum ,the Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang), the Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta), the old Muslim Quarter, the Xi'an Museum. You are freely to make your own starting time and choose to visit the attractions based on your preference.In addition, you can select the option with an air-conditioned vehicle and driver for your tour.
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  • 8 hours
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Xian Private Day Trip: Small Wild Goose Pagoda, Xian Museum and Terracotta Army

Xian Private Day Trip: Small Wild Goose Pagoda, Xian Museum and Terracotta Army

We offer you private Xian day trip at thier own pace. We will pick you up from hotel in the morning and after finishing, our driver will take you back to the hotel as well. You don't need to worry about the transportation, our professional driver will be available during tour. Our tour guides are all licensed and very knowledgeble, you will know more about Xian and surely will fall in love with this city after your sightseeing.
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  • 8 hours
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Private Xi'an Day Tour Customizable in Your Way

Private Xi'an Day Tour Customizable in Your Way

Private customized Xi’an highlights 8-Hour tour, flexible itinerary based on your interests and situation . No need to plan in advance: Decide your sightseeing schedule as you go. Customizable private tour of Terra-cotta Army and two other sights OR city 3-4 attractions . Door-to door pick up and drop off service , knowledgable guide accompany , pick up time flexible , private experienced driver ,hotel pick up and drop off included .
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  • 8 hours
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Best of Xian Private Muslim Day Trip: Terracotta Warriors & Great Mosque

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• Marvel at the proudly unflinching, life-sized Terracotta Warriors, considered the eighth wonder of the world. • Visit Emperor Qin's Mausoleum, the final resting place of the first emperor of China, Qin Shihuang. • Admire the towering 7th century Little Wild Goose Pagoda, built to hold sacred Buddhist texts brought back from India. • Visit Xian Museum to learn the history of Xian, the starting point of the Silk Road & capital of 13 Chinese dynasties. • Explore Xi'an's 1,300 year old Muslim community by visiting the Great Mosque, the largest ancient mosque of China. • Experienced English speaking tour guide. • Overland round-trip transfers with private chauffeur and in-transport refreshments.
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  • 10 hours
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Xian Private Day Tour of Museums Visiting

Xian Private Day Tour of Museums Visiting

Spend full day with a local expert tour guide to discover the history and culture of the ancient capital city Xian. Through visiting three museums in Xi’an on this private day tour, you will gain new knowledge about the history and culture of the city. Among the relics you will see are ancient Chinese calligraphy, historical recordings, sculptures, and stone carvings. Visit house of Chinese treasures - Shaanxi History Museum Explore Xian Museum nearby the Small Wild Goose Pagoda Get a closer look at Chinese history in Stele Forest Museum Discover the history and culture of the ancient capital Xian Gain great overview and orientation of this ancient city Step back in time on a history tour with an expert guide
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  • 8 hours
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$176.00
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