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Discover Historical Wonders of Xi’an with Tailor-made Sightseeing Promotion from Grand Castle Hotel

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Famed for its historical wonders, Xi’an is a must visit destination for those who have a strong passion for China’s cultural and historical attractions. In celebration of the Beijing Olympics, the Grand Castle Hotel Xi’an is offering tailor-made guided tour packages for those who wish to experience the world-famous Terracotta Warriors and sights of the ancient Chinese capital.

Until September 30, upon presenting their Beijing Olympics entry pass, visitors will be able to enjoy a special 3 day / 2 night room package from RMB2,966 net (single or double occupancy).

The package incorporates a fascinating guided tour of the Terracotta Warriors Museum - the prehistoric birthplace of China at Banpo Village, the spectacular ‘Big Wild Goose Pagoda’, as well as entry fees, transportation and a gourmet lunch.

Also included in the package is a daily buffet breakfast at The Veranda Café Restaurant and return airport transfers.

For guests who wish to extend their trip, Chief Concierge Jerry He, head of the prestigious Les Clefs d’Or China in Xi’an, can tailor-make two-day cultural, culinary and sightseeing tours.

As well as the Terracotta Warriors Museum, cultural tours can also focus on historic wonders such as the ‘Banpo’ settlement dating back to 5,000 B.C., Shaanxi Provincial History Museum’s huge collection of historic and cultural artifacts, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, HanYang Tomb, and the city’s famed Bell Tower, Drum Tower and Ming Dynasty City Wall.

Culinary tours can also include Xi’an’s specialty cuisine, with a ‘dumpling banquet’ at the celebrated DeFaChang restaurant, renowned yang rou pao mo (pita bread in lamb broth) at Tong Sheng Xiang, and a tour of the Muslim quarter shopping district.

Countryside excursions can include scenic Mount Hua Shan, one of China's five sacred mountains, and Huaqing Hot Springs, as well as an evening cultural performance.

The Grand Castle Hotel, uniquely designed in the historic architectural style of the adjacent ancient City Wall which the hotel overlooks, is newly re-opened following an extensive facelift and re-branding.

“Our vision is to establish one of the best independent 5-star hotels in China, and we work closely with the local tourism authority to ensure our guests receive a most memorable experience in Xi’an” said Ip Hon Ming, General Manager of the Grand Castle Hotel.

Boasting the tallest atrium lobby in the city, the hotel is by the south gate of the ancient City Wall in the heart of Xi’an’s city centre.

The decor of the 338 guestrooms including 40 sophisticated yet traditional suites – with Chinese style furniture and folklore art alongside modern facilities including broadband internet and 32” LCD televisions, with environmentally-friendly recyclable amenities.

The 10-storey hotel features two restaurants – the signature Yue Chinese Restaurant serving authentic Cantonese cuisine, and an all-day The Veranda Café Restaurant serving international and Asian cuisine.

Six versatile banquet rooms include a 440 square metre pillar-less ballroom catering for weddings, social gatherings and medium-sized MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions, Exhibitions) events. The hotel also features a Lobby Lounge, business centre, hotel shop and Grand Lounge exclusively for Executive Floor guests.

China’s ancient capital is world-renowned for the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Terracotta Warriors in The Mausoleum of Qin Shi Huang, 40 km to the east. With more than 3,100 years of history, it is today an important cultural, industrial and educational centre of the central-northwest, with facilities for research and development, national security and China’s space programme.

Among numerous tourist attraction at the eastern terminus of the Silk Road are the well-preserved City Wall, Drum Tower, Bell Tower, Muslim quarter shopping district, Great Mosque, and two spectacular towers well over 1,000 years old, the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Small Wild Goose Pagoda. The 5,000-year-old Banpo Neolithic village, discovered in 1954, is just outside the city. Xi’an also boasts the world’s largest internet café with more than 3,000 computers. Natural attractions range from Mount Hua Shan, one of China’s most visited mountains, to Mount Zhongnan, Mount Taibai and Lishan. Xi’an’s international airport is the largest in northwest China with regular flights to major cities in Asia including Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Bangkok, Tokyo, Nagoya, Seoul, Pusan, Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur.

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