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Things to Do in Xi'an

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Things To Do In Xi'an China. As one of the world's great ancient capitals, and the capital of the world's upcoming superpower, Xi'an is the most important and interesting city in China to travel, both for tourism and understanding China.

No one should skip Xi'an even if only visiting one city/region in China. Xi'an is a window into the authentic core of China, especially recommended for China first timers.

To help you plan your Xi'an vacation and explore the real life of this city, here we have collected the Best Xi'an Attractions where you can get a better understanding about the past and present of Xi'an and learn more about Chinese culture and history. We have also recommended featured activities you can choose to add more fun to your Xi'an trip.

Top Attractions in Xi'an

  • Terra Cotta Warriors

    Type: History Museums, Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites
    Recommended Length of Visit: 2-3 hours
    The Terracotta Warriors and Horses (Terracotta Army) is a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of China. It is a form of funerary art buried with the emperor in 210209 BCE to protect him in ...

  • Mount Huashan – Challenge the World Most Dangerous Hiking Trail

    Type: Mountain, sightseeing place, historical & cultural site
    Recommended Length of Visit: 2-3 hours
    Mount Huashan is Situated in Huayin City, 120 kilometers (75 miles) from Xian . It is famous for its natural vista of steep and narrow paths, precipitous crags, and a high mountain range. Its five peaks are the representative attractions and each...

  • Xian Ancient City Wall - Best Preserved City Wall in China

    Type: Historical sites
    Recommended Length of Visit: 2-3 hours
    Ancient city wall which surrounds the old city in a large square area. The northern side runs parallel to the railway. Xian was originally a walled city, and even today the wall is considered a landmark dividing the city into the inner part and t...

  • Giant Wild Goose Pagoda – World Cultural Heritage Site on Silk Road

    Type: Historical sites
    Recommended Length of Visit: 2-3 hours
    Giant Wild Goose Pagoda or Big Wild Goose Pagoda , is a monumental Buddhist pagoda located in southern Xian, Shaanxi, China. It was built in c.648 c.649 during the Tang dynasty and originally had five stories. It was rebuilt in 704 during the rei...

  • Shaanxi History Museum - Pearl in Ancient Capital and Treasure of China

    Type: Historical sites
    Recommended Length of Visit: 2-3 hours
    Shaanxi History Museum , which is located to the northwest of the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda in the ancient city of Xian, in the Shaanxi province of China, is one of the first huge state museums with modern facilities in China and one of the largest...

  • Muslim Quarter - Muslim Food Street

    Type: Snack Street, Religious Site, Cultural Street
    Recommended Length of Visit: 2-3 hours
    Muslim Quarter , also known as Huimin Street, is the hub of the Muslim community in Xian City , Shaanxi Province. Located to the north of West Street in the city center, the quarter covers several blocks inhabited by over 20,000 Muslims. There ar...

  • Drum Tower

    Type: Sights & Landmarks, Ancient Ruins
    Recommended Length of Visit: 2-3 hours
    Drum Tower to the west of the Bell Tower , this tower marks the entrance to the Muslim quarter. From the top of the Tower, you can admire the view of the city. These two towers are located in the center of Xian, overlooking a large square, where ...

  • Bell Tower Xian: Ticket, Fee, Performance, Map

    Type: Culture & History, Ancient Building
    Recommended Length of Visit: 2-3 hours
    Bell Tower is one of the popular sights of Xian. It was built in the XIV century under Zhu Yuanzhang, the Ming Dynastys first emperor, in the center of Xian. The tower was located at the intersection of southern, northern, eastern, and western ro...

  • Grand Tang Dynasty Ever-bright City

    Type: Walking Street, Architecture
    Recommended Length of Visit: 2-3 hours
    Grand Tang Dynasty Ever-bright City is located in Xians Yanta District, at the foot of the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Running 2100m (6890ft) north from the Big Wild Goose Pagoda South Square south to South Tang Dynasty City Wall ruins, and 500m (1640...

  • Hanyangling Museum

    Type: Museum, Cultural & Historical Site
    Recommended Length of Visit: 2-3 hours
    Hanyangling Museum (also called Hanyang Mausoleum), 20 km (12.43 mi) north of Xian, is the joint tomb of the fourth Emperor Jing (Liu Qi) and his queen in the Western Han Dynasty (206 BC-24 AD). It is the most intact royal mausoleum and the most ...

  • Tang Paradise

    Type: Sights, Landmarks, Water & Park
    Recommended Length of Visit: 2-3 hours
    Tang Paradise is the first royal-garden-like park to give a full display of the Tang Dynastys culture. What makes Tang Paradise incredible is that it is no longer the garden mode of only water and mountains in the Chinese traditional sense. Its o...

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