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[Travel Guide] [Shaanxi] Top 10 things to do in Xi'an [Copy link] 中文

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NO.10 Daming Palace Site

Daming Palace was the grandest and most significant palace complex in Xi'an (then Chang'an) during Tang Dynasty (618-907) where Tang emperors lived, dealt with state affairs and met with officials.

It has been rebuilt and opened to the public on October 1st, 2010. About two thirds of the park is free to get in. The other one third features cultural heritages and exhibition and needs admission fee.

Hanyuan Palace was the main palace, where grand ceremonies were held. It was also an important international exchange center. On every New Year's Day, ambassadors from various countries came and participated in the grand ceremonies held here. The majestic palace not only reflects Tang Dynasty's prosperity, but also represents the highest architectural level of that time. It is said that the Forbidden City in Beijing was built after the layout of Daming Palace.

Address: 78 Xuanwu Road

Admission: 60 yuan

Tel: +86 29 86708192


How to get there: Bus 2, 216, 262 to Tongjia Lane; Bus 16, 17, 22, 38, 46, 104, 209, 801 to Taihua Road


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NO.9 Taste Xi'an cuisine

Xi'an cuisine is well known throughout China and visitors to Xi'an must not come and go without tasting local snacks. Due to Xi'an's geographical location in the center of China, its snacks adopted various materials from both north and south China. Local cooking features frying, sauting, braising and frequent use of salt, vinegar, capsicum and garlic. Among the great variety of local snacks, Yang Rou Pao Mo (crumbled unleavened bread soaked in mutton stew), Rou Jia Mo (Shaanxi Sandwich), and Cold Rice Noodles are the most popular.

A renowned place to try local snacks is Muslim Street beside the Drum Tower. It is also a great place to go bargain hunting for small items of aircrafts.


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NO.8 City Wall

Xi'an's City Wall is one of the oldest and best preserved city walls in China and one of the largest ancient military defensive systems in the world.

Construction of the first city wall of Xi'an began in 194 BC and lasted for four years. The existing wall was started during the Ming Dynasty in 1370 and encircles 14 square kilometer of the city.

The City Wall has 18 gates, which are all open for tourists to ascend the wall. No matter which gate you choose to enter, you can tour the whole circle of the wall.

Admission: 40 yuan

Hours: 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. (spring and summer); 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. (fall and winter)

Tel: +86 29 87282976


How to get there: Bus 6, 11, 12, 23, 46, 215, 239, 302, 600, 603, 608, 713, 910, K600, K618 to South Gate; Bus 8, 22, 27, 29, 33, 37, 43, 45, 102, 203, 218, 232, 235, 252, 300, 527, 602, 604, 714, 903 to East Gate; Bus 6, 26, 28, 33, 37, 39, 104, 107, 117, 205, 206, 208, 214, 216, 229, 236, 238, 310, 336, 506, 511 to North Gate; Bus 4, 10, 15, 23, 31, 201, 205, 206, 215, 221, 222, 223, 300, 302, 407, 504, 611, 701, K630 to West Gate.


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NO.7 Tang Paradise

Xi'an is the capital city of China's prosperous Tang Dynasty and the Tang Paradise is the first park in China modeled after a royal garden to give a full display of Tang Dynasty (618 – 907) culture. It covers about 165 acres in southeast Xi'an, of which about 30 percent is water. The park also features song and dance performances about grand ceremonies during the Tang Dynasty.

One of the wonders at the Tang Paradise is its spectacular water film, the largest of its kind in the world. Its screen is a film of water, which can create a special kind of optical effect. The fan-like water screen and beautiful night integrated perfectly. The film is set in the Tang Dynasty for visitors to relive the gloriousness of that time. The wonderful movie begins at 20:40 every night.

Address: 99 Furong West Road, Qujiang New District

Admission: 90 yuan (March to November); 68 yuan (December to February)

Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Tel: +86 29 85511888


How to get there: Bus 21, 22, 23, 24, 212, 237, 609, K619, 715, 720 to Tang Paradise or Tang Paradise South Gate.


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NO.6 Bell and Drum Towers

The Drum Tower and Bell Tower, located in the heart of Xi'an, are called sister buildings. They are the symbols of the city. The Drum Tower offers an imposing view of Xi'an. Initially built in 1380, the drums were used to signal the running of time and on occasion were used as an alarm in emergency situations. In 1996, a new drum was put into the Drum Tower and is the biggest drum in China. The Drum Tower also has a museum with regular musical performances.

The Bell Tower, built in 1384, once marked the geographical center of the ancient capital. In 1582, it was moved a kilometer east. The tower is made of brick and timber and almost 40 meters high. During the Ming Dynasty, Xi'an was an important military town in Northwest China, a fact reflected in the size and historic significance of its bell tower.

Admission: 27 yuan each, or 40 yuan for a joint ticket

Hours: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. (April to October); 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (November to March)

Tel: +86 29 87288397


How to get there: Bus 4, 6, 7, 8, 15, 32, 43, 45, 201, 205, 206, 215, 218, 221, 222, 251, 300, 604, 611, 612, K630 to Bell Tower.


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NO.5 Forest of Stone Steles Museum (Xi'an Beilin Museum)

Forest of Stone Steles Museum, initially established in 1087, is the largest and oldest museum of steles in China and has a large collection of 3,000 steles from the Han Dynasty to the Qing Dynasty. These stone steles record the development of Chinese culture and cultural exchanges between China and other countries.

Address: 15 Sanxue Street

Admission: 45 yuan (March to November); 30 yuan (December to February)

Hours: 8 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. (March to November, last entry 6 p.m.); 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (December to February, last entry 5:15 p.m.)

Tel: +86 29 87210764

How to get there: Bus 14, 208, 402, 512, 223, 704 to Wen Chang Men


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NO.4 Huaqing Hot Springs (Huaqing Palace)

Huaqing Hot Springs (Huaqing Palace) []

Located at the northern foot of Lishan Mountain, 30 kilometers from Xi'an, Huaqing Hot Spring is famous for its amazing spring scenery and the romantic love story of the owner and his favorite concubine. The garden was built by Emperor Xuanzong (685-762) during the Tang Dynasty (618-907) near hot springs at the foot of the mountain so he could frolic with his favorite concubine, Yang Guifei. During his reign, the emperor spent a large sum of his funds to build a luxurious palace, reflecting the prosperity of the Tang Dynasty.

Address: 38 Huaqing Road

Admission: 40 yuan (December to February); 70 yuan (March to November)

Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tel: +86 29 83812003



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