Best Places to visit in Xian
As one of the greatest discoveries in the archaeological history, Xian Terracotta Army has been buried underground for more than 2,000 years till 1974. Known as the eighth wonder of the world, now is the biggest underground military museum to display all mighty terra-cotta warriors and horses made in Qin Dynasty (221 B.C – 206 B.C). From its history, Qin Terracotta Army is covered by a mysterious face.
There are four main categories of figures in this museum: chariot warriors, infantrymen, cavalrymen, and horses. It deserves its place on the UNESCO world heritage list.
Big Wild Goose Pagoda
The Big Wild Goose Pagoda, also known as Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, is one of the most famous attractions in Xian that reputed for its dignified but plain structure and creative design conception.
This attic-style brick pagoda was built in 652 during the Tang Dynasty and originally had five stories, as a place to hold sutras and figurines of the Buddha that were brought to China from India by the Buddhist translator and travelers Xuanzang. Rebuilt in 704 and has its exterior brick facade renovated during the Ming Dynasty, it is now, as a well-preserved religious place for Buddhist, has become the symbol of Xian that with a height of 64 meters.
From the fist five-layer structure to the seven-layer architecture now, this pagoda has experienced hundreds of year and seen the change of several dynasties, Now, it leans very perceptibly (several degrees) to the west.
Xian City Wall
Xian City Wall was one of the largest ancient military defensive systems that protected this city from invasion during the ancient times. Today, this wall represents one of the oldest and best preserved Chinese city walls and attracts people from all over the world.
The South Gate and North Gate are the two main entrances to the inner city. The city itself is neatly arranged along the city wall. This impressive structure is just a precursor to the remarkable discoveries awaiting visitors to Xian.
Shannxi History Museum
Located in downtown Xian, the Shaanxi History Museum is a large comprehensive historical museum, enjoys a large group of cultural relics and precious historical collections.
Covered an area of seven hectares, the famous Shaanxi History Museum introduces the visitor to area rich culture, from Emperor Qin Shihuang to the present day in this walled city. The museum is house in a striking Tang Dynasty-style pavilion and features an enormous collection of 113,000 historic and cultural relics.
This is where you experience history, with chronological dynasties exhibits that take you through the Han, Wei, Jin, Sui, Tang, Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties. It is an ideal place for learning about the origins and development of ancient Chinese history.
Mt. Huashan is the highest and most precipitous one among the Five Great Mountains (2,154.9 m), which reputed for its majestic breath-taking crags, steep paths, beautiful scenery precipices, deep and narrow creeks, and profound Taoist culture, as it is said to be the most precipitous mountain in the world.
Situated 100 km to the east of Xian, Mt. Huanshan is known as "The Number One Precipitous Mountain under Heaven". It has 5 main peaks, the east peak, which named “Chaoyang Peak”, is one of the 9 great places of China to see the sunrise.
It is a common saying that “Mt. Huashan has only one path since ancient times". Only one narrow and zigzag path, 15 kilometers long and stretching from south to north, is available in Mt. Huashan.
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