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Top 10 Things to Do in Xi’an

Xi’an, being the capital in ancient China for more than 1,100 through almost 13 dynasties, is one of the most important cradles of Chinese civilization and traditional Chinese culture. Six UNESCO World Heritage sites, splendid culture and magnificent natural sceneries create a distinctive Xi’an. What to do in Xi’an? Top 10 things to do in Xi’an listed below may help you find out the best things to do during your Xi’an trip.

Xi'an City View
Xi'an City View


1.Terracotta Warriors

Terracotta Warriors, one of the eight wonders in the world, is no doubt the top one attraction on your visiting list of Xi’an. There are more than 8,000 terracotta warriors, horses displayed in this Terracotta Warriors museum, along with almost 10,000 bronze weapons. The perfect design, grand scale and delicate craft work will definitely impress you a lot. If you really love it, you can experience the whole procedure for making a clay warrior by yourself in some workshops around the museum.

Terracotta Warriors
Terracotta Warriors


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2.Challenge yourself on Mount Huashan

Mount Huashan is one of the five greatest mountains in China, it is the most dangerous mountain among the five famous mountains. The majestic breath-taking crags and steep paths of this precipitous mountain may be a great challenge for some people, especially the Plank Road, but the extraordinary sceneries on the mountain really worth a visit.

Mount Huashan
Mount Huashan


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3.Visit Big Wild Goose Pagoda

Big Wild Goose Pagoda, as another famous landmark of Xi’an, has been well-preserved as a holy place of Buddhism for more than 1,300 years. The Daci’en Temple and the 110,000-square-meter North Plaza along with Big Wild Goose Pagoda, consist the whole scenic area. Don’t miss the musical fountain performance at the plaza.

Big Wild Goose Pagoda
Big Wild Goose Pagoda


4.Go for a ride on Xi’an City Wall

Xi’an City Wall, build in Ming Dynasty, is one of the must-see places in Xi’an. It is the best-preserved ancient city wall in China with the largest scale, stretches 13.74 kilometers in length and 12 meters in height. Go cycling on the city wall is considered the best way for visiting, it’s better to go in the morning or after sunset. You may have the chance to learn Tai Chi with local people if you are lucky enough to meet them.

Xi’an City Wall
Xi’an City Wall

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5.Discover the long history of ancient China in Shaanxi History Museum

Shaanxi History Museum, with all kinds of historical relics exhibiting inside the museum, will be a perfect place for you if you are interested in the long history and rich culture of ancient China, especially from Tang Dynasty. This museum is free to visit, really a great chance to have a cultural discovery trip.

Shaanxi History Museum
Shaanxi History Museum


6.Experience different culture in the Muslim Street

Muslim Street, with Hui group (non-Uyghur Chinese Muslims) gathering here, is a good place to experience Muslim culture. Visit the Great Mosque of Xian at day time, and come after dark if you want to have a food tour in Muslim Street, since it is one of the most famous food streets in Xi’an.

Muslim Street
Muslim Street


7.Try famous food in Xi’an

Food in Xi’an has a characteristic flavor of Northwest style. Try famous food like Mutton Paomo, Liangpi, Rou Jia Mo and Gourd Chicken. Noodles in Xi’an are also best choices, such as Biangbiang Noodles, Qishan noodles and beef noodles. If you’re a fan of Chinese dumplings, good news is that you could enjoy Dumpling Banquet in some famous restaurants.

Gourd Chicken

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8.Learn to Make Chinese Dumplings (Jiaozi)

Not satisfied with just tasting dumplings? Try to make your own dumpling banquet. It’s available to learn how to make dumplings in the local families during your trip in Xi’an, really an ideal activity to experience Chinese food culture. Trust me, dumplings made by your hands are incredibly delicious.

Make Dumplings
Make Dumplings

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9.Enjoy Tang Dynasty Show

Tang Dynasty Show is a famous music and dance performance showing the Chang’an culture in Tang Dynasty. Enjoy a show will be one of the best things to do at night, you may choose a show in the Tang Dynasty Theatre Palace, Shaanxi Song and Dance Grand Theater, or at Huaqing Hot Spring.

Tang Dynasty Show
Tang Dynasty Show


10.Appreciate Chinese Calligraphy in Shuyuanmen

Shuyuanmen, build with distinctive ancient style, is one of the most famous shopping streets in Xi’an. It is popularly known as Calligraphy Street, for a large collection of Chinese calligraphy. There are also a variety of delicate art works you can find, including traditional stamps, paintings and cultural souvenirs.

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Create an unforgettable memory in Xi’an

If you only want to visit attractions inside Xi’an city, you may slow down your pace for those attractions, and choose some activities at night.

►4 Days Xian Highlight Tour: Terracotta Warriors, Tang Bo Art Museum, Xian City Wall, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Great Mosque

Want to challenge yourself? If you like more outdoor activities, go to Mount Huashan, the most dangerous mountain in China.

►4 Days Xian and Mt. Huashan Tour: Terracotta Warriors, Xian City Wall, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Mt Huashan

►One Day Xian Mt. Huashan Tour: Mt. Huashan


Xi’an is the start point of the Silk Road, create a Silk Road tour if you have interests, you may experience the colorful culture and enjoy the marvelous sceneries along the cities passing by.

►10 Days Silk Road Adventure by China Orient Express: Xian, Tianshui, Jiayuguan, Dunhuang, Turpan, Urumqi

►14 Days Best Silk Road Tour: Shanghai, Xian, Dunhuang, Turpan, Urumqi, Beijing

Feel free to contact us if you have any doubts, we’re pleased to help you with your Xi’an travel plan. You can also tailor-made your own Xi’an tour at Free Online Tailor-made Tour to create your unique Xi’an tour.

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