Reasons to Recommend: The Museum of Qin Terracotta Warriors and Horses, also known as the Terracotta Army, is located about 1.5 kilometers east of the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor and forms part of the extensive necropolis. There were more than a thousand terracotta soldiers unearthed here, each with a different facial expression. Standing before the massive underground army, you will feel the extraordinary might of the Qin Emperor that enabled him to unify six warring states two thousand years ago. The Qin Emperor Ying Zheng began building the mausoleum for himself at the age of 13. Nearly 720000 men and 38 years were required to complete this vast project.
Reasons to Recommend: Xi'an City Wall is a landmark of this ancient city. The city walls that we see now were built in the early years of the Ming dynasty and they are now more than 600 years old. The walls were built on the foundations of the imperial city of the Tang Dynasty and they are formed together with a series of defensive installments such as moats and turrets. At present, Xi’an City Wall can be accessed by many city gates. Visitors can choose the nearest one to them. The South Gate is the visitor entrance of Xi’an City and is also the city gate with more tourists. Cycling on the ancient walls is a good experience. Riding on the wall overlooking the ancient capital of the thirteenth dynasty, you will have a feeling of travelling through time.
Reasons to Recommend: The Shaanxi History Museum is a good place to learn about ancient Chinese civilization. The museum houses bronze artifacts from the Shang and Zhou dynasties, gold and silver artifacts of the Han and Tang dynasties, and Tang dynasty murals, of which a large portion of them are treasures of the Han and Tang period. The Beast-Head-Shaped Agate Cup, the Silver Pot with Design of A Horse Dancing and Holding A Cup in Its Mouth, and the “Huang Hou Zhi Xi” are cultural artifacts that the country has prohibited from leaving the country and can only be seen in the Shaanxi History Museum.
Reasons to Recommend: The Tang Dynasty Furong Garden located on the southeast side of Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, was built on the site of the original Furong Garden in the Tang Dynasty. With Furong Lake as the geographical center, Ziyun Tower, Luyu Tea House, Fengming Nineteenth Theatre and many other attractions surround the lake. This place showcases large-scale replicas of Tang-era buildings. Here, you can enjoy the magnificence of Tang buildings, appreciate the beautifully-lit scenery, and watch musicals in the style of the Tang Dynasty.
Reasons to Recommend: The Huaqing Palace on the outskirts of Xi'an has been a hot spring bathing resort since ancient times and was also where the Xi'an Incident took place. During Emperor Xuanzong's reign in Tang Dynasty, it was a bathing place for the royal family and court ministers. Now, you can visit the royal pools of Tang Xuanzong and Yang Guifei, named Lotus Pool and Haitang Pool respectively. In 1936, the Xi'an Incident took place and changed China's destiny. In the southern part of the scenic spot, the “five halls” of Chiang Kai-shek’s old residential site were preserved intact, and the bullet marks of the fierce battle are still left on the walls.
Reasons to Recommend: "Song of Everlasting Sorrow" is a historical drama adapted from the poem of the famous Tang Dynasty poet Bai Juyi. The drama describes the love story between Emperor Tang Xuanzong and his concubine Yang Guifei during the Tang Dynasty. The performance venue is in Huaqing Palace, a famous scenic spot in Xi’an, and the famous Mount Lishan serves as the background of the performance. By means of mountain and river scenes, classic music and dance, narrative poem, high-tech lighting, acoustics and special effects, "Song of Everlasting Sorrow" gives the audience a chance to travel back in time to appreciate the love that happened at the foot of Lishan Mountain and the bank of Huaqing pool 1000 years ago, and experience the culture of the flourishing Tang Dynasty.
Reasons to Recommend: Grand Tang Dynasty Ever-bright City is located between the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda and Tang Paradise, full of Tang stylistic elements. Ever-bright City's Central Axis View Avenue is a 1,500-meter central and sculptured pedestrian street that runs from the north and south. It is surrounded by nine groups of themed groups such as the emperor, historical figures, heroic stories, and classic works of art, offering three-dimensional representations of the Tang Dynasty's supremacy in the fields of religion, art, science and technology and to highlight the great country.
Reasons to Recommend: The Giant Wild Goose Pagoda in Xi'an is located in Daci'en Temple in the south of the city. The tower is one of Xi'an's landmarks. Daci'en Temple was once a magnificent royal temple in Chang’an City during the Tang Dynasty. When Emperor Taizong was born, Prince Li Zhi built the temple in memory of his mother Empress Wen De. Monk Xuanzang, a famous figure in Chinese history, served as the first abbot of the Buddhist monastery. Monk Xuanzang translated Buddhist scriptures at the Daci'en Temple for 11 years and oversaw the construction of the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda.
Reasons to Recommend: Xi'an Bell Tower is a relatively complete clock tower in China. It was built in the era of Zhu Yuanzhang in the Ming Dynasty and has a history of more than 600 years. As one of the landmarks of the ancient city, the clock tower is located at the center of Xi'an. It radiates into four streets in the east, south, west and north, and connects with the four gates of the east, south, west and north of the Xi'an city wall. The lower part of the bell tower is a square base. The top is covered with dark green glazed tiles, and the apex is wrapped in authentic gold. Against the backdrop of the night lights, the entire clock tower is stunningly beautiful.
Reasons to Recommend: Xi'an Beilin Museum is located near Wenchang Gate. The museum contains a forest of stone monuments, stone carvings, etc. Among them, the forest of stone monuments is composed of monuments and epitaphs from past dynasties. It is the highlight of the museum. In the Beilin Museum, you can admire inscriptions and epitaphs of different dynasties. The collection of inscriptions and epitaphs spans over 2,000 years.
Reasons to Recommend: Huimin Street is an old Muslim neighborhood with a history dating back centuries ago. It has a distinct Muslim culture and a vibrant food culture, making it a paradise for food lovers. Huimin Street is not just a single street. It is a collective name for the whole Muslim District. It consists of Beiyuan Gate, North Guangji Street, Xiyangshi and Dapiyuan Street. It is also known as “Muslim Quarter” and “Fang Shang”. The district also houses a number of old local restaurants: Jia San Guan Soup Buns and Lao Mi Jia Soaked Bread etc. You can also eat almost all of Xi’an delicacies here: various kebabs, bread and mutton soup, soup buns, spicy goat trotters, and cold skin noodles etc.
Reasons to Recommend: The Daming Palace National Heritage Park was built on the site of the Daming Palace in the Tang Dynasty. Seventeen emperors had run their state affairs from the Daming Palace of the Tang Dynasty. This had lasted for more than 200 years. Empress Wu Zetian and her husband, Emperor Gaozong of Tang, as well as Empress Wu’s daughter, the Princess Taiping, had all lived in the palace. Daming Palace was the most splendid palace complex in the world at the time and the center and symbol of the Tang Empire. Today, the remaining park is divided into two parts: a free zone and a toll zone. The toll zone comprises the core area of the scenic spots, including the remains of the Hanyuan Hall and Xuanzheng Hall as well as the Daming Palace Relics Museum.
Reasons to Recommend: Qinling Wildlife Park is located in Chang'an district in Xi'an. The Wildlife Park includes an area that guests can walk through, a safari area (where tour buses take guests through an herbivore section and a megafauna section) and a Bird Performance Forest. The walking area is located in the western half of the wildlife park and includes a panda enclosure, a snub-nosed monkey enclosure, and a marine mammal park. The safari part of Qinling Wildlife Park includes a herbivore section and a megafauna section. In the herbivore section, you can see animals such as giraffes, zebras, and wildebeest. You can also see animals that are unique to Asia such as the white-lipped deer and the Bactrian camel. In the megafauna section you can find tigers, cheetahs, lions, bears, and wolves.
Reasons to Recommend: The Drum Tower in downtown Xi'an was built in the 13th year of Hongwu in the Ming Dynasty. It is over 600 years old. In ancient times, it was a time-keeping device. It is now one of the landmarks of the ancient city. On the south side of the Drum Tower, there is a plaque that says: "The Rich Land of Culture and Military". This plaque, together with the "The First Gate of the World" plaque in Shanhaiguan, are known as the "twin plaques of China". If you climb the Drum Tower, you can see a 1.8-meter-high drum. There are also 24 red drums engraved with 24 solar terms. They are very robust and impressive. To the north of the Drum Tower is theMuslim Quarter, which is a paradise for food enthusiasts.
Reasons to Recommend: Come to Qujiang Polar Ocean Park to watch the endearing penguins, polar bears, and dolphin shows. Inside the park's Aquarium you can enjoy watching the beautiful tropical fish, the alligator show, or the dugong show. The seafloor tunnel is the place from which to appreciate the marine organisms: you can wander around like you're on the seabed. The park's Polar Museum has two floors. On the first floor you can see way of life of animals underwater; on the second, you can observe animals that live on the land. Animals such as penguins, seals, and polar bears both swim in the water and come out to play on the land.
Reasons to Recommend: The Xi’an City Museum is located inside Jianfu Temple. This is an excellent place from which to learn about the development of this ancient city. The main exhibition hall’s theme is named “The Ancient Capital Xi'an”. Visitors can learn all about Xi’an’s thousand-year history and subsequent development. The exhibits in the museum show the progression of the development of Xi’an City from the Zhou Dynasty to the Ming and Qing Dynasties. There is also a model of Xi’an City throughout various dynastic periods that allows you to see the scale, layout and living conditions of the city’s distant past.
Reasons to Recommend: At Xi’an International Horticultural Expo Garden, visitors can see and enjoy all kinds of garden landscapes and rare plants from around the world. The novel architecture of Xi’an International Expo Garden makes it a perennial favorite for local wedding photography. Some of the buildings representative of Xi’an International Expo Garden include Chang’An Pagoda, Creativity Pavilion and Natural Pavilion. The Chang’An Pagoda is one of the symbolic landmarks of the Expo Garden. After climbing to of the tower you will have a bird’s-eye view of the entire garden. New plant and flower specimens are on display in the Creativity Pavilion; there are many tropical plants to discover in the Natural Pavilion.
Reasons to Recommend: The roller coaster in Lewa City · Lewa Adventure will make you feel an exceptional excitement and passion. There are many different types of roller coasters in the area to meet the needs of different groups of people. Lehua City • Lehua Joy World is divided into six theme areas: Lehua Happy Plaza, Panda Farm, Echo Valley, Boulder Mountain Range, Starry Woodland and Moonlight Lake. This place offers plenty of leisure shopping, parent-child activities, 4D movies and a variety of rides.
Reasons to Recommend: This hundred-year courtyard in the center of Xi’an is a brick-and-wood structure courtyard that began construction at the end of the Ming dynasty. It was not until the Emperor Qianlong's reign during the Qing Dynasty that the main project was completed. The entire construction process took more than one hundred years. Nowadays, this ancient courtyard has been opened to tourists. The wood carvings and brick sculptures in the courtyard are exquisite and delicately carved. If you like ancient residences, this will surely satisfy your needs. Inside the courtyard, you can also choose to watch a unique Shaanxi shadow puppet show and listen to authentic local dialects for a while.