As a great ancient city with history of more than 3,000 years, Xian was once the capital city of 13 dynasties, so Xian is the undoubted root of Chinese civilization. With so many historical background, Xian houses som amsny historical ruins, relics and museums. I once studied in Xian and nearly travel around Xian. Besides some famous attractions like Terracotta Army with high admission fee, some free attractions not only save your rmbs but also reward you with historical and cultural traveling experience.
1. Shaanxi Historical Museum
Shaanxi Historical Museum is located in the northwest of the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and about 10-minute walk to Big Wild Goose Pagoda. The museum collects more 300,000 ancient articles including gold and silver objects, murals, paintings, coins, pottery, etc. The museum has the style of Tang dynasty buildings of “central palace hall with four worship houses around” with orderly, harmonious, vigorous, and grave construction, mingling the national traditional with local characters.
Shangxi Historical Museum is free of charge. But visitors have to take their valid ID card or passport to get a ticket at the ticket booth in front of the museum. There alway are two long queue lines at weekends. So you should avoid the weekends and national holidays and visit museum on weekdays or weekend with bad weather. I once visited the museum on a rainy Saturday with lighter crowds. The museum is closed on Monday. Open Time: winter: 9:00-17:30 (16:00 stop to give out the ticket)summer: 8:30 – 18:00 (16:30 stop to give out the ticket)
2. Vicinity of Big Wild Goose Pagoda
The view of vicinity of Big Wild Goose Pagoda is very beautiful. The North Square of Big Wild Goose Pagoda has a large musical fountain. It is the largest musical fountain in Asia. The music fountain show usually opens at 12:00 and 18:00 (in winter) or 20:00 (in summer). It has about 22 different styles with different shapes like lotus flowers and clouds.
In the east of Big Wild Goose Pagoda is a traditional Chinese-styled gardens with small pools, stone arch bridge, little paths and many flowers and trees. This gardens is also free of charge. The South Square of Big Wild Goose Pagoda stands a big statue of Jianzhen, a Chinese monk who helped to propagate Buddhism in Japan.
The buildings around the Big Wild Goose Pagoda are very quaint with Tang Dynasty style.
3. Daxiangshan Temple
Daxingshan Temple was once the grandest Buddhist establishment in Sui and Tang Dynasties. It can be dated back to the third century. The original buildings of the temple were destroyed during 841 to 845. The now temple was rebuilt in 1955 and 1983.
It is now free to visit for tourists. There are many halls enshrined different Buddhists. What most impressed me is Hall of Hid Buddha where you can see many cruel ways to punish villain.
If you are not the Buddhist worshipers, don’t buy incense. By the way, there are some soothsayers who always stop you and tell you something about your future, but what they say just are nonsenses.