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Top Historical Sites to Visit in Xi'an

As one of the most influential capitals of ancient China, Xi’an witnessed the long history and culture of China for thousands of years. For tourists who are planning a cultural tour or historical tour in China, Xi’an can be put on the top of the list. With lots of top historical sites to visit in Xi'an, this is a great choice if you want to explore more about Chinese history and culture than natural sceneries. Check recommended Xi’an attractions for some inspirations.


1.Terracotta Warriors

As the Eighth Wonder of the World, Terracotta Warriors must be your best choice among all the top historical sites to visit in Xi’an. The enormous scale of Terracotta Warriors and Horses shows the superb techniques and statuary art in the Qin Dynasty, which you can have a chance to see in no other place but Xi’an. Every tourist comes to Xi’an for a reason, and Terracotta Warriors must be the most important one.

Do you want to have your own Terracotta Warrior and keep it home? Go to workshops around the museum, you can learn to make mini clay Terracotta Warrior there. For families with kids, the whole procedure will be really interesting, kids will love it so much.

Terracotta Warriors
Terracotta Warriors


2.Big Wild Goose Pagoda

Built in Tang Dynasty for keeping precious Buddhist scriptures brought from the Silk Road by Xuanzang, Big Wild Goose Pagoda is a representative architecture for Buddhism culture. A great number of rare relics and statues of Buddha have been well-kept in the seven-story pagoda until now. Visiting with a guide may help you know the history and value of the pagoda well.

Have a rest on the Big Wild Goose Pagoda North Plaza if you get tired after visiting. Lots of people like to take their kids here at night, for the fantastic music fountain and wonderful environment to take a stroll with family. Put it on your visiting list if you are travelling with your kids.

Big Wild Goose Pagoda
Big Wild Goose Pagoda


3.Xi’an City Wall

Among all the famous Xi’an attractions, there is a special one that you should not miss during your Xi’an tour. Xi’an City Wall is the largest and best-preserved city wall in China which has been through thousands of years, showing a distinctive personality of Xi’an to the world.

Xi’an City Wall
Xi’an City Wall

Walking for the whole journey on the ancient wall may be a little bit tiring, especially for families with kids, cycling can be a better way for sightseeing. What makes Xi’an City Wall more special is the Welcome Ceremony at the gate, which reshows the welcome activity to the emperor in the ancient times.


4.Shaanxi History Museum

For those tourists who are keen on Chinese history, Shaanxi History Museum is a must-visit attraction in Xi’an, especially for splendid history in Tang Dynasty, since the elegant appearance of Shaanxi History Museum recalls the main architectural style in the prosperous period of Tang Dynasty.

Being one of the largest museums in China, more than 370,000 historical relics are exhibited in Shaanxi History Museum, including paintings, murals, bronze, gold and silver wares. We all know that Xi’an has been the imperial capital for 13 dynasties in ancient China, you can feel the profound history among abundant precious relics.

Shaanxi History Museum
Shaanxi History Museum


5.The Bell Tower

The Bell Tower is the largest and best-preserved one among all the existing bell towers of this type in China, with very important historical and architectural value. Constructed in 1384 during Ming Dynasty, the Bell Tower, located at the city center, was used to be the geographic center of Xi’an in the ancient times.

Here you can have a chance to enjoy a wonderful performance, there are 6 shows per day. And night view of the Bell Tower is gorgeous, don’t miss this famous landmark during your trip in Xi’an.

The Bell Tower
The Bell Tower


6.The Drum Tower

The Bell Tower rings for the dawn while the Drum Tower for the dusk. The Drum Tower is located 200 meters at the northwest side of the Bell Tower, and these two towers represent the exquisite building level in Ming Dynasty. With a height of 36 meters, the Drum Tower is one of the largest and best-preserved drum towers in China.

Except for enjoying the performances of the Bell Tower and Drum Tower, you can also appreciate sorts of drums at the Drum Culture Exhibition. Most of tourists would like to get on the top, because panoramic view on the tower is excellent.

The Drum Tower
The Drum Tower


Explore the Best of Xi’an

Xi’an must be one of the best choices for you to explore splendid Chinese culture and history. Want to find a great destination for a family tour? You should consider Xi’an, plenty of top historical sites to visit in Xi’an may help you and your kids enjoy an amazing cultural tour. See tours below for more details.


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