Xi'an stands out as the most favored city on the China city tour list just following
Beijing. "Xian" in Chinese literally means "Peace in the West", historically known as
"Chang An" ( Perpetual Peace ), an ancient capital city for several of the most significant dynasties in Chinese history, which includes the Zhou, Qin, Han, the Sui, and Tang dynasties. Many tourists say the city of Xian looks even more Chinese than the those metropolitan cities such as Beijing, Shanghai. This is a favorite haven for all those who're interested in Chinese culture and its people. If it's your first time to Travel to Xian, then perhaps you might wonder what to see in Xi'an, hope this post will be helpful in preparing your Xian trip.
1 Terracotta Warriors
To visit Terracotta Warriors is the most important purpose why you are right here in Xian. Terracotta Warriors is the most popular 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 unbelievable is the fact that each one of it is life size and unique. Each face is different and clothing and hairstyles have its individual characteristics. The Terracotta Warriors Museum consists of 4 partial excavated pits named: Pit 1, Pit2, Pit3, and Pit4.
2 Xi'an City Wall
Quite a few cities in China once had massive defensive walls to thwart invading armies.
Amongst the few city walls that remain, the one of Xi'an is undeniably the most impressive and photogenic. Meanwhile, 600-year-old Xi'an City Wall is also one of the largest well-preserved ancient military defensive systems around the world. It becomes the emblem of this ancient capital city attracts visitors at home ang abroad which even includes the famous former US president Bill Clinton.
3 Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show
For most people who are the first time to come, it's a pleasant surprise that you will not find yourselves lonely when night falls in the ancient city of Xian. The main avenues of Xi'an like Xi Dajie, Nan Dajie and Dong Dajie are brightly and beautifully lit lined with luminous neon signs shops. If you're not interested in the street evening shopping, then the Big Goose Pagoda Square and Nanhu Lake are the favored night hangouts, where the dazzling lights and attractive scenery will certainly shock you! Is this Xi'an? Yes, it turely is! For those people who prefer a night performance to kill your night time, Tang Dynasty Show is your greatest option, which is on the most Xian visitors' top 10
attractions list. Tang Dynasty Show is an outstanding part of this ancient rich and
prosperous society, giving an insight into the peaceful life style tof the Tang Dynasty
(618 - 907).
4 Shaanxi Provincial History Musuem
For the people who are interested in Chinese history, Shaanxi Provincial Museum is truly a must visit attrction for your Xian trip. It's one of the four biggest museums in China ( the other 3 are Forbidden City Museum, Shanghai Museum and Shaanxi Provincial History MusuemHenan Provincial Museum). Chinese people today usually say that: You can experience 50 years changes of China in Shenzhen, 500 years in Beijing, but 5,000 years in Xi'an. Only in Shaanxi History Museum you are able to see these changes in past 5,000 years.
5 Big Goose Pagoda
Big Goose Pagoda is one of the oldest structures in China. Originally built in 648 by a
Tang prince, this temple compound has been beautifully restored. Its buildings and gardens provide a park-like atmosphere in which to wander. The pagoda was built to keep sutras brought back from India by a Chinese monk. It's one of the city's most distinctive and outstanding landmarks, possibly the most beautiful construction left in Xian today.