CITS. The Xian branch of the state-run travel service gets good reviews, thanks to the friendliness of its young, well-trained staff. Its tours might be more expensive, but they include nicer cars and smaller groups. Tours head to key Silk Road destinations. 48 Chang'an Bei Lu, Xian, Shaanxi, 710061. 029/8669–2066; Tours from US$70.

Sino NZ Tourism Group. Run out of Xian Apartment Guesthouse, this tour agency offers walking tours of downtown Xian. Price depends on the size of your group and includes all admissions, English-speaking guide, transportation, and lunch. Hong Cheng Guoji Apartment Complex, Bldg. A, 15 Xihuamen Jie, Xian, Shaanxi, 710003. 152–9159–8650; From Y300.

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