Golden Flower offers a weekend warriors package in Xian

NEW YORK -- Shangri-La's Golden Flower Hotel, located in Xian, China, is offering a weekend accommodations and tour package to see the area's famed terra-cotta warriors excavation.

terra-cotta warriorsThe package costs $168 for single accommodations and $188 for a double room. The package includes deluxe accommodations for any two consecutive nights starting on Friday, Saturday or Sunday; daily American breakfast; round-trip airport transfers; a half-day guided tour to see the terra-cotta warriors and horses excavation, the Banpo Museum and the Hua Qing Hot Springs and the use of the hotel's health club.

The awe-inspiring terra-cotta warriors excavation is located about 30 minutes from the

hotel and contains a 2,180-year-old terra cotta army of 8,000 soldiers posted to guard the tomb of Emperor Qin. It is believed that the emperor, who unified China and governed during the completion of the Great Wall 2,200 years ago, made an edict to bury the clay soldiers in order to outlaw the live burial of slaves that was fashionable before his rule.

The 3,000-year-old city of Xian is known as the ancient capital of China and served as the home of 11 dynasties for more than 1,000 years. The city also is the start of the Silk Road trading route that stretched across Central Asia. This route allowed for contact and, over time, a blending of European and Asian cultures and religions.

The ornate Hua Qing Hot Springs are located at the foot of nearby Lishan Mountain and have been used as royal pools for some 2,800 years.

The Banpo Museum documents the history and cultural artifacts of the Banpo neolithic people who lived in the fertile region.

There are many other famous sights in Xian. For example, there is the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, which is the symbol of the city.

There are also scores of burial mounds for "out-going" emperors.

And one shouldn't miss the ancient rectangular city wall that stretches for more than seven miles, is 40 feet tall and measures nearly 60 feet wide at the widest points of its base. Golden Flower Hotel. Phone: (800) 942-5050.

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