- Enjoy the beautiful scenic nighttime view of the Bell Tower
A stately traditional building, that marks the geographical center of the ancient capital. The wooden tower is the largest and best preserved of its kind in China and during the Ming Dynasty, Xi’an was an important military town in China, this is reflected in the overall size and significance of this structure.
Zhonglou Shangquan, Beilin
2. Checkout Asia’s largest musical fountain at Dayan Pagoda!
For most tourists, the square is famous for its big music fountain, which is said to be the largest music fountain in Asia.
The music fountain show runs several times each day, so better we recommend you check the time in advance!
Address: Yanta W Rd, XiaoZhai ShangYeJie, Yanta Qu 雁塔区 Shaanxi 710061
3. Take in the “Eighth Wonder of the World” and explore the Emperor Qinshihuang’s Mausoleum Site Musuem
Being the most significant archeological excavations of the 20th century and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Terracotta Army is no doubt a must-see for every visitor to Xi’an.
Address: Qinling North Road, Lintong District, Shaanxi Province,
4. Learn about the vast history of Xi’an at the Shaanxi History Museum
The Shaanxi History Museum is the first modern national museum. It was built in 1983 and opened to the public in 1991. The Shaanxi History Museum now has 370,000 exhibits in the museum vividly showing the history of over a million years from prehistoric times (1,150,000 years ago – 21st Century BC) to about 1840 AD.
5. Savour the natural landscapes around Qinglong Temple
Qinglong Temple was known as a place where Buddhist monks were trained, and it was a favorite destination in China for Japanese monks to learn Buddhism. The temple’s history is well known in Japan because a Japanese monk named Kukai studied there and brought back his Buddhist teachings to Japan in the year 806
Address: Yanta District, 陕西省西安市雁塔区西影路铁炉庙村北1号
6. Luxuriate in a hot spring bath at the royal Huaqing Palace, where emperors took baths in ancient times.
Huaqing Palace, also known as Huaqing Hot Springs, is a well-known historic site and as a matter of fact, the site had been an imperial palace for emperors’ short stays away from the capital for more than 3000 years. Emperors of Zhou, Qin, Han, Sui and Tang dynasties spent the winter at this place every year. Emperor Zhouyouwang of Western Zhou Dynasty (1046BC-771BC) is said to be the first emperor who ordered to build a palace at the site. In the following dynasties, the palace was repaired and expanded for several times, given the name of “Hot Spring Palace” and finally denominated “Huaqqing Palace” by Emperor Tangxuanzong. The palace was constructed above hot springs, hence the site is also called “Huaqing Hot Springs”.
Address: Huaqing Road No. 38, Lintong District
7. Further enjoy the Everlasting Sorrow Performance Huaqing Palace
The beauty of the Huaqing Pool impresses visitors a lot in the daytime. At night, a large-scale real-scene historical drama named the Song of Everlasting Sorrow is presented there to better feast the visitor’s eyes.
Huaqing Road No. 38, Lintong District
8. Climb and explore the Huashan Mountain and watch the sunrise!
Mount Huashan is located in Huayin, part of the Shaanxi province. The closest city, Xi’an, is 120 kilometers away. The teahouse of the top of the mountain is located on the south side of the mountain, at an altitude of 2,160 meters. Viewed on a map, the Huashan mountain chain looks like a flower.
渭南市华阴市集灵路301号国道旁华山风景区 Jilin Road 301
9. Glory in the historic ginkgo tree planted by emperor Li Shiming at Guanyin Temple
Emperor Li Shimin planted a ginkgo tree, whose leaves turn into a golden carpet showing continuous beauty for 1400 years!
In late autumn, nearly all kinds of plants begin to perish but it’s just the best time to enjoy ginkgo and its surroundings. There’s a ginkgo tree, planted by the emperor of the Tang Dynasty, Li Shimin and the tree incarnates time into a golden carpet.
10. Delight in the Xi’an Qinling Zoological Park, the real animated animal kingdom!
Qinling Wildlife Park, situated in the middle section of Qinling Mountains, is the first park of its kind to be established in the northwest region in China. 28 kilometers (about 17 miles) south of the downtown area of Xi’an City, Shaanxi Province, this wildlife park has more than 300 species of animals, with many different types of birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles.
Address: 1st Le Hua Road, 西咸新区乐华一路
11. Explore the Fortifications of Xi’an (Xi’an City Wall) !
Xi’an City Wall, also known as the Fortifications of Xi’an, is the most complete city wall that has survived in China, as well being one of the largest ancient military defensive systems in the world. Located around the centre of Xi’an the wall is 13.7 KM (8.5 miles) long and was built in 1370, by a son of Zhu Yuanzhang, making it a significant historical piece of architecture that is ideal for cycling around during your visit!
Address: Lianhu District, Xi’an, China
12. Feel the culture of city life and visit Jixiang Village!
Address: Jixiang Village, Huanjiang County, Guangxi, 547115
13. Go horse riding at Guanshan Grassland!
Address: Long County, Shaanxi, Baoji, Shaanxi
14. View the skyscrapers at Jinye Road in Gaoxin District
Intersection of Jinye Road and Zhangba 4th Road (Shenzhou Digital Science and Technology Park),
15. Shop around Sihai Chinatown district
16. Ride the rollercoasters at the Lewa Adventure Park!
Lewa Adventure is the first roller coaster theme park in China with 8 different types of roller coasters, of which the 1.3 km (0.8 mile) long “Flash Roller Coaster” is the longest and fastest roller coaster in Asia. It operates at 120km (74 miles)/hour and serves as the landmark project in the whole park. As the largest roller coaster theme park in Asia, Lewa Adventure not only houses the most roller coasters in China, but also offers 33 other groups of amusements, and over 100 interactive projects and performances for visitors to enjoy a happy time. They are scattered in six theme zones: Panda Farm, Echo Valley, Megalith and Mountain, Forest with Stars, Moon Lake, and Joyful Plaza.
Address: Fengjing Avenue, Jinghe New City, Xixian New District,
17. Explore literature in popular Xiaosong Library
The settlement of Xiaosong library is not only a new library for Xi’an, but also a cultural innovation of Xi’an by Mr. Gao Xiaosong. Here, you can find many books, as well as seeing the unique architecture design. Xiaosong library is also known as the most beautiful library due to its elegant environment and strong cultural atmosphere.
Address: 5F, Block D, Qujiang Creative Cultural Centre, Yanta District, Xi’an City, Shaanxi Province
18. See the 3D Super Screen at the City Park!
Address: Crossing of Tiangu Second Road and Yunshui Second Road, High-tech Software New City, Xi’an City
19. Go to the Xiang Market and browse the street-side grocery market!
Xicang Market locates at the north side of Miaohoujie Street at northwest corner of Xian City Wall. It is the best known market of flowers, birds, fishes, and insects. The market’s history can be dated back to the Ming and the Qing Dynasties and it is the most bustling on Thursdays and Sundays. Though it is difficult to find some taste of elegant ancient street, the market bears Xian people’s lifestyle throughout the hundreds of years.
20. Explore Dahua 1935
Built in 1840, the site was the first modern textile mill for China. After a fire during WWII almost burned the factory to the ground, a series of renovations were undertaken, thus giving it a mixed aesthetic of Gregorian and postwar architecture. Since then, it has taken on a different life as a museum and shopping center but fails to attract visitors, thus leaving it in a state of disarray and making it the perfect location for you to visit and soak-up the historic culture surrounding this historic site!
Address: Xincheng Qu, Xian Shi, Shaanxi Sheng, China