How to Visit Xian in Two Days?

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If you have only two full days in Xian and you would like to feel, touch and see the essential Xian, the two-day itinerary in Xian below is my suggested example to plan your own memorable two day Xian Tour.

Day 1: Xian Ancient City Wall, the Bell Tower, Shaanxi Provincial History Museum, Big Goose Pagoda, and Tang Dynasty Show

Xian City Wall
Get up early and have a fast breakfast, and get to the Xian Ancient City Wall around 08:00 am. Xian City Wall is not only the most complete architecture well preserved of ancient Chinese burghs but also the largest in size and integral ancient military fort of the world.

It was built first in the early Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and renovated in recent years. Now it is 12 meters tall, 12-14 meters wide overing 14 kilometers in length with a deep moat surrounding it. You can walk, even cycle on the wall.

Xian City Wall

Xian City Wall

Bell & Drum Towers
Getting in the Ancient City Wall, you will see the Bell tower sits in the very heart of Xian. It is a symbol of the city of Xian and one of the grandest of its kind in China. The Bell Tower also contains several large bronze-cast bells from the Tang Dynasty.

The tower base is square and it covers an area of 1,377 square meters. The Bell Tower definitely deserves a visit on your trip to Xian.

Bell  Tower

Bell Tower

Shaanxi Provincial History Musuem
After finishing your exploration on Xian Bell Tower, you can take a city bus to Shaanxi Provincial History Museum which is situated at Yanta Road.  Shaanxi Provincial History Museum considers it an obligation to be a showcase of ancient civilizations.

The museum houses over 300,000 items including murals, paintings, pottery, coins, as well as bronze, gold, and silver objects. Exhibitions of the frescos, the culture relics, the folkways, the fine arts and the calligraphy are conducted continuously.

Shaanxi Provincial History Musuem

Shaanxi Provincial History Musuem

Big Goose Pagoda
In the afternoon, you can go to see Big Goose Pagoda. It is just located on the south of Shaanxi Provincial History Museum. As the symbol of the old-line Xian, Big Wild Goose Pagoda is a well-preserved ancient building and a holy place for Buddhists.

It can be divided into three parts: the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, the Da Ci’en Temple, and the North Square of Big Wild Goose Pagoda.

Big Goose Pagoda

Big Goose Pagoda

Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show
You can enjoy the song and dance show at night in Tang Paradise. It claims to be the biggest cultural theme park in the northwest region of China but also the first royal-garden-like park to give a full display of the culture of Tang Dynasty.

Strolling in Tang Paradise, you are assured to get a full enjoyment, making you feel as if you were in a fairyland.

Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show

Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show

After one-day tour, you must feel tired. You can go back to the hotel and have a good rest to prepare for the tour of next day.

Day 2: Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, Huaqing Hotspring and Banpo Museum
On the second day, you have a full day east excursion to Terra-cotta Warriors, Huaqing Pool and Banpo Museum.

Army of Terra-Cotta Warriors
To visit Army of Terra Cotta Warriors is the main reason why you are here in Xian. Get up early and have a fast breakfast like the first day, then get to Xian Train Station by taxi. Take Buses No. 914, 915 or Y 5 to Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses.

It is 37 kilometers away from the downtown area. The museum covers an area of 16,300 square meters, divided into three sections: No. 1 Pit, No. 2 Pit, and No. 3 Pit respectively. It is the most significant archeological excavations of the 20th century.

Army of Terra-Cotta Warriors

Army of Terra-Cotta Warriors

Huaqing Hot Spring
After lunch, you can take Y5 back to Museum Lishan Station, then walk to Huaqing Pool. Huaqing Pool is located at the foot of north Lishan Hill in Lintong, leaning against Wei River in the north. Since ancient times, it has ever been a famous bathing and tourist destination.

The favorable geographical condition and natural environment make it one of the cradles where ancient people settled and it was also a favorite place for emperors to buildtheir palaces as a resort.

Huaqing Hot Spring

Huaqing Hot Spring

Xian Banpo Museum
After finishing your exploration in Huaqing Pool, you can take Bus No. 307 and go to Banpo Museum. The Banpo Museum is located in a modern building some three miles to the east of Xian. As the first museum at the prehistoric site, it was built at the base of the excavations of the Banpo site.

The museum gives access to the excavated buildings, has a collection of artifacts from the site, and also has several reconstructed houses designed to resemble the Neolithic settlement.

Xian Banpo Museum

Xian Banpo Museum

Enjoy your two-day Tour in Xian!

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