Xi’an, pronounced Shee-ahn, is one of the oldest and most prestigious cities in China. With over 3,000 years of history the city is full of character, personality and several astonishing things to see and do. This list is merely a small portion of some of the amazing things that you should do while visiting Xi’an.
1. Stroll down Powder Lane and Muslim Quarter
Some of the most fascinating and popular attractions in Xi’an are on Powder Lane and in Muslim Quarter. If you want to try delicious snacks and foods that date back hundreds of years then this is the place to go. From beef to lamb, or breads to soups, or even drinks to desserts, Muslim Quarter is a great place to taste the history and culture of Xi’an.
2. Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses museum.
The history behind the Terracotta Army is enough to want to go visit the museum. There are hundreds of thousands of funerary art sculptures that were buried in 210 BC with the emperor. It was only recently discovered in 1974 by some farmers that were digging a well and came upon this amazing historic army.
3. Shanxi Opera at Pingyao Tea House.
From dancing, acrobatics, music, singing, and acting, you are sure to find the entertainment and culture you are looking for the Tea House. The Shanxi Opera is full of rich history and tradition.
4. Visit the Ancient City Wall.
The ancient city wall in Xi’an is an awesome sight to behold. One of the best ways to view one of the largest military defense systems in the world is by bicycle. With all that ground to cover you can see a lot but still keep a slower pace while having fun.
5. Visit Huaqing Pool (Emperor Xuanzong of Tang and concubine Yang)
Learn the importance of the Huaqing Pool and the significance of the story about Emperor Xuanzong of Tang and Concubine Yang. Their story is very familiar in Xi’an and has had a significant impact their history.
6. Meditate at the Famen Temple.
Famen Temple was built near the end of the Easter Han Dynasty in about 220AD. Over time it grew in popularity and is hailed by many as the “Royal Temple.” It is known as a sacred land for Buddhist because the founder of Buddhism (Phalanx Sarira of Sakyamuni) was enshrined and worshipped here. A great deal of money has been spent over the years expanding and repairing the temple and is now comprised of 24 courtyards and is home to several hundred monks.
7. Fireworks and Water shows in the Datang Furong Garden.
The park is divided into 12 cultural themes; from emperors, food, female, poetry, civil life, tea culture, service, science and technology, religion, diplomatic, songs and dances and the gate, all to highlight the impressive civilization of Datang. Each attraction in the garden is staged with many exciting programs every day. One of the main attractions if of course the world’s largest water screen film which is shown every night.
8. Shaanxi history museum.
Shaanxi history museum was built in 1983 but did not open to the public until 1991. The museum is situated on an expansive area of about 65,000 square meters. There are cultural relics, exhibition halls, and a collection of about 370,000 objects. It is a very elegant building and designed in the Tang style with a hall in the center and storied building on the corners.
9. Great Wild Goose Pagoda Music Fountain.
The fountains cover an area of over 20,000 square meters with numerous waterscape fountains, gardens, walking paths, and a cultural square. Visitors are able to experience real Chinese culture and traditions while enjoying the magnificent views. There are 22 styles of musical fountains, 8 groups of sculpted figures, and 40 relievos.
So, if you’re planning a trip to China, be sure to put the historic and culturally rich city of Xi’an on your places to visit. Xi’an offers sights and attractions for tourist of all types and never disappoints. You’ll enjoy these 9 great attractions and probably find a few more along the way.