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by Huang Jin Ling | Mar 29, 2020

Top tourist attractions in Xi’An (China)


Xi ‘An is a leading metropolis of Shaanxi Province and also one of the oldest cities in China. The city is the cradle of civilization the Yellow River Basin with more than 3,100-year history. Once the capital of thirteen Chinese dynasties, its central location made it starting point of the legendary Silk Road. Let's see what tourist attractions this city has to offer.

1. Huashan (or Mount Hua)

The first destination in our itinerary is Huashan (or Mount Hua). About an hour drive from Xi'an, Huashan mountain range is one of the most popular tourist attractions in China. Contrary to popular belief, HuaShan mount is not as formidable and dangerous as it claims to be. It has 5 main peaks: North, South, East, West and the top of the center. Beautiful scenery at the foot of Hua Shan mountain is extremely mesmerizing. From the bottom up, it is like a single mountain, but not the rocky mountain ranges.

2. The Teracotta Warriors

The Terracotta Warriors is one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of the 20th century which was explored in 1974. This is the iconic ‘must-sees’ place in China where the tomb of 8,000 warriors, horses and 10,000 bronze weapons were meticulously carved from the 3rd century BC.

This tomb belongs to the first emperor of China – Qin Shi Huang. In 1975, China established a museum of 16,300m² right above the Terracotta Warriors tunnels for research and conservation that were listed by UNESCO as a cultural heritage of mankind. Don’t forget to visit the 8th wonder of the world when coming to Xi’An!

3. Xi’An City Wall

Xi’An Ancient Citadel was built by Hongwu Emperor (Zhu Yuanzhang) - the first king of the Ming Dynasty, and now has a history of over 600 years. The wall is 12m high, with the circumference is 13.74km with a deep moat surrounded.
The wall’s construction materials are also very special. Initially it was built by soil, lime and glutinous rice. After that, the wall was rebuilt entirely of bricks and perfectly preserved

You can rent a bicycle or take a walk around the wall so you can see the impressive vistas of this ancient citadel.

4. Shaanxi History Museum

Shaanxi History Museum is the ideal place for you to learn about Chinese history, especially the Tang Dynasty. The museum covers an area of 65,000m², displaying about 370,000 archaeological cultural relics discovered from the Stone Age to 1840 such as murals, paintings, ceramics, coins, bronze, silverware...

Most of the artifacts are described in English, so you can easily find out information you wanna know. The Shaanxi History Museum was built in 1983 and opened to the public on June 20, 1991.

5. Giant Wild Goose Pagoda or Big Wild Goose Pagoda

Coming to Shaanxi, visitors will have the opportunity to see the sacred Giant Wild Goose Pagoda or Big Wild Goose Pagoda, to which the Buddhist scriptures was brought from India by the monk named Xuanzang. The Tower was built 1,300 years ago when Buddhism was extremely flourishing in China. The tower has 7 floors, 64.5 meters high which is considered as one of the greatest masterpieces of ancient Chinese architecture.

We hope that the article contains essential info to help you get the most from your Xian trip. Please note that Asia Senses Travel is always available for any further information needed.