What to see in Xian, things to do in Xian

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Terra-cotta Army

Xian, the capital of 13 ancient Chinese dynasties, is located in south-central Shaanxi Province. With its long history, Xian is home to some of the most famous historical sites in the world and Xian’s local cuisine is world renowned for its diverse styles and delicious tastes. Although filled with history, Xian is a modern and dynamic city and has wonderful amenities and a hopping nightlife.

 
Features & Attractions
•Ancient City Wall
•Army of Terra-Cotta Warriors
•Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show
•Bell and Drum Towers
•Big Wild Goose Pagoda
•Small Wild Goose Pagoda
•Shaanxi Provincial History Museum
•Huaqing Hot Spring
•Forest of Stone Steles Museum
•Moslem Street
 
Xian City Wall
The ancient City Wall of Xian is the most intact ancient Chinese wall in existence. The City Wall as seen today was constructed on the foundations of the city walls from the Sui (581-617) and Tang (618-904) Dynasties, during the reign of Emperor Hongwu (1370-1378) of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1627). The current six hundred year old City Wall is the most integrated ancient City Wall in China.
The first landmark visitors will encounter in Xi’an is the ancient city wall, which stretches round the old city with 13,912 meters in circumference, 12 meters in height, the foundation is 18 meters in width, and the top of the wall is 15 meters wide.
Location: No.117 Huanta Road, Xian
Ticket Price: 10 Yuan/Person
Opening Time: 08:00-22:00
How to get there: it is only a walking distance away from the ancient Cultural Street
 
Army of Terra-Cotta Warriors
To visit Army of Terra Cotta Warriors is the main reason why you are here in Xian. Army of Terra-Cotta Warriors is the most famous site in Xian which were buried around the mausoleum of Emperor Qi Shihuang (221BC-206BC). 7,000 pottery soldiers, horses, chariots and weapons arranged in battle formations symbolically, guarding the tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huang. What makes the Terracotta warriors in Xian so amazing is that each one is life size and unique? Each face is different and clothing and hairstyles have individual characteristics. The Terracotta Warriors Museum contains four partial excavated pits named: Pit 1, Pit2, Pit3, and Pit4.
Location: Qinling County, Lintong District, Xian
Ticket Price: Peak Season (March-Nov) 90 Yuan/Person  
Off-Season (the rest of the year):65 Yuan/Person
Opening Time: 07:30-17:30 (16th March-14th Nov)
            08:00-17:00 (15th Nov.-15 March)
How to get there: Take NO. 306 bus ( 5.5Yuan per person, through expressway) and NO. 307 bus ( 5Yuan per person ), the buses run from 7:00 to 18:00 at 10 mins interval.
 
Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show
The Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show, a wonderful performance of the ancient music and dance, is a must when you visit Xian. The show characterizes the color, culture, music and dance. The Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show is an outstanding exponent of this ancient stable and prosperous society, keeping alive its splendid culture and providing an insight into the peaceful life style of the period. Visitors upon entering the theater are taken to their seats for a dinner of Jiaozi (dumplings). The dumplings are as beautiful as they are delicious and the best part is that the dinner is all that you can eat.
Location: Shaanxi Song& Dance Theatre
        Add: No.165, Wenyi Road, Xian
        Tang Dynasty Palace
        Add: No.75, Chang’an Road, Xian
Opening Time: Shaanxi Song& Dance Theatre   20:00-21:00
            Tang Dynaty Palace             20:30-21:40
 
Bell & Drum Towers
In Chinese history from Ming Dynasty, each city had a bell tower and a drum tower. The bell was sounded at dawn and the drum at dusk each day in ancient time, a means of telling time. The Drum and Bell towers, located in the exact center of Xian, are two of the most famous symbol. The Bell Tower is located in the exact center of the city and the Drum Tower is located a block away. The area surrounding the two towers has been turned into a wonderful shopping district. The towers are lit at night and are spectacular
Location: in the exact center of Xian.
Ticket Price: 20 Yuan/Person
Opening Time: 08:00-18:00
How to get there: Bus No.1, 6, 8, 11, 45
 
 
Big Goose Pagoda
Originally built in 648 by a Tang prince, this temple compound has been beautifully restored. Its buildings and gardens offer a park-like atmosphere in which to wander. The pagoda was built to store sutras brought back from India by a Chinese monk.
The temple complex in which the Big Wild Goose Pagoda is located is filled with beautiful gardens and stunning architecture. The many gardens hidden amongst the temple’s many courtyards are very lovely and a wonderful place for visitors to take a break and soak in the beauty that surrounds them.
Location: No.117 Huanta Road, Xian
Ticket Price: 25 Yuan/ Person
Opening Time: 08:00-19:00
How to get there: Bus No.5,19,21,610
 
Small Wild Goose Pagoda
The Small Wild Goose Pagoda, one of Xian’s major tourist sites, has recently undergone a lot of development and been made part of a much larger scenic area. Located in the southern suburb of Xian, about 2 kilometers to the south of the City Wall. Covering an area of 16.3 hectares (40.4 acres), the Small Wild Goose Pagoda mainly consists of the Xian Museum, the ancient Jianfu Temple built in the year 684 A.D during the Tang Dynasty (618-907) and the famous Small Wild Goose Pagoda. The scenic area has become a wonderful leisure site for the appreciation of cultural relics, sightseeing and entertainment.
Ticket Price: 50Yuan (allow to ascend the pagoda  )
20Yuan ( not allow to ascend the pagoda)
10Yuan without ascending the pagoda (lunar December 28-30, three days before the Chinese New Year
Opening Tiem: 08:00-17:00 (During the Temple Fair, the pagoda is closed at 17:00. The last hours for the scenic sport is 22:00, and last entry  at 21:00.)
How to get there: Bus No.18,21,29,32,40,46,203,204,224,407,410,508,521,610,700,707
 
Shaanxi Provincial History Musuem
The Shaanxi Historical Museum, a large-scale modern State-class museum, is situated at the western side of the “Wild Goose Pagoda” in Xian City. It covers an area of about 70,000 square meters, the architectural area of which is approximately 55,000 square meters. Opened to the public on June 20, 1991, the museum is divided into three main parts for overall display, for temporary display and for display on special topics.
Location: No.91 East Xiaozai Road, Xian
Ticket Price: 35 Yuan
Opening Time: Closed on Monday
Winter: 09:00-17:30
             Spring:08:30-18:00
             Summer:08:30-18:30
Autumn:08:30-18:00
How to get there: Bus No.5,24,27,610,527
 
Huaqing Hot Spring
At the foot of Lishan mountain and 30 km from the historic city Xi’an, Huaqing Hot Springs – also called Huaqing Palace – has been a famous hot spring resort for centuries. Lying close to the capital Xi’an, with the charming scenery of Lishan as a backdrop, the natural hot springs has held great attraction for the emperors who set their capital in the northwest China province of Shaanxi.
Location: No.38, Huaqing Road, Lingtong District, Xian
Ticket Price: 40Yuan
Opening Time: 07:30-18:30
How to get there: Bus No.306, 307
 
Forest of Stone Steles
Once the site of the Temple of Confucius during the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127), the Forest of Stone Steles Museum is situated on Sanxue Street, near the south gate of  Xian City Wall. It was initially established in AD1087 when some precious stone steles were moved here for safe keeping, including the “Classic on Filial Piety’ written by Emperor Xuanzong in AD 745 and “the Kaicheng Stone Steles’ carved in AD837”.
Location: Sanxue District, Xian
Ticket Price: 45Yuan (Mar.1 to Nov.30)
           30Yuan (Dec.1 to the next Feb.28/29)
Opening Time: 08:00 to 18:45 (Summer; tickets available before 18:00);
08:00 to 18:00 (Winter; tickets available before 17:15)
How to get there: Bus No. 14, 23, 40, 118, 208, 213, 214, 221, 222, 232, 302, 309, 402, 512, 704, 710.
 
Xian Muslim Quarters and the Great Mosque
Moslem Street is the hub of the Moslem community in Xian City, Shaanxi Province. Located beside the Drum Tower, it is about 500 meters (about 547 yards) long from south to north. This street is paved with dark colored stone with green trees providing heavy shade during summer; the buildings on both sides of the street are modeled on the styles of both the Ming (1368-1644) and the Qing Dynasties (1644-1911). Some of the constructions are restaurants; while others are stores. But here there is one thing in common: the owners are all Moslems.
Location: the bank of Drum Tower
How to get there: Bus No.4,15, 32, 43, 45, 201, 205, 206, 215, 218, 221, 222, 251, 300, 604, 610
 
Xian Travel Service
Xian City Day Tour from US$55
Xian Terracotta Warriors Day Tour A from US$60
Xian Terracotta Warriors Day Tour B from US$70
Xian Mt.Huashan Excursion Day Tour from US$80
Xian Huangdi Mausoleum and Xuanyuan Temple Day Tour from US$70 p/p
Xian Evening Tour from US$40 p/p

Xian 2 Day Tour Package from US$155 p/p
Xian 3 Day Tour Package from US$245 p/p
Xian 4 Day Tour package from US$335 p/p
Xian 5 Day Tour Package from US$415 p/p

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