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Xi'an Travel Guide

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Xi’an, the first imperial capital of China, is considered a must-see for people the world over. The large wall that encloses the city dates to the Ming dynasty and is thoroughly well preserved, allowing visitors to stroll or cycle around its entirety. Within the walls, the city has a special atmosphere

The city has hosted a human settlement for at least 6,000 years. The preserved settlement of Banpo east of the walled city provides an interesting look into the Neolithic Yangshao Culture. Since then, people have come and gone and left their mark on the city. This is most obvious in the Muslim Quarter, an area with distinct Chinese Islamic architecture and cuisine. Make sure you come to this area with an empty stomach, as the food is superb, especially if you love spices and cooked lamb. Highlights are mutton dumplings; roujiamo, a slow-cooked, pulled-beef sandwich; and paomo, a delicious mutton and bread soup. Don’t forget to watch the noodle-pullers show off their craft too, an impressive display where a lump of dough is transformed into long noodles after a few stretches and slams onto a metal table top.

The main event is of course the Terracotta Army, an awe-inspiring site where each of the 8,000 or so larger-than-life figures has a unique face and shape. It is the mausoleum of the First Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang. The emperor had prepared everything he needed for the afterlife and his gargantuan tomb complex reveals the lengths he went to in his quest for immortality.

The city also houses many historic temples and towers. One such building is the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, which was built during the Tang Dynasty (Seventh Century). The Tang made this great city their capital and one of highlight of any visit is the Tang Dynasty Show, a performance famous throughout the China for its depiction of the Tang court and culture.

Xi’an is easily accessible from around China, with good air and rail links.

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Xi'an tours
1 day
Your first stop is on the outskirts of Xi’an, where you will find the final resting place of Qin Shihuangdi and his protectors into the after-life, the Terracotta Warriors. Then it’s time for lunch, a quick and simple (yet authentic) Chinese meal. That will give you the energy you need to explore the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and the old city walls. You’ll wrap up the day in the Muslim...

Xi'an tours
1 day CNY 710
This tour covers a lot of ground outside of Xi'an, meaning you can escape the crowds! Of course, the Terracotta Warriors always attract a lot of visitors, but you should find some peace of mind at Huaqing. What makes this tour special: The highlight of this itinerary is the visit to a countryside home and the fantastic lunch you will eat there. Nothing is more delicious than a...

Xi'an tours
4 days
On the first day of your Xi’an adventure, you will be able to tick one of the Seven Wonders of the World off your bucket list – the Terracotta Warriors. After that, you’ll head to Huaqing Hotsprings for an afternoon of relaxation. You’ll end the day on a high with a Tang Dynasty performance and plate-after-plate of lip-smacking Chinese dumplings! After a very relaxing night’s sleep at...

Xi'an tours
1 day CNY 800
This day trip will take you from the celebrated Terracotta Warriors to the lesser-known Banpo Ancient Town, with some beautiful sights in between. What makes this tour special: The Terracotta Warriors are widely regarded as the most significant archaeological find of the 20th Century, and for good reason. The fully excavated Banpo Ancient Village also draws in archaeologists from...

Xi'an tours
1 day CNY 810
Terracotta, clay and ceramics are incredibly important in Xi’an, and they have been for thousands of years. Nothing could make that clearer than a visit to the celebrated Terracotta Warriors and the Fuping Ceramic Village. What makes this tour special: In Fuping, you will be able to check out the works of local people, Chinese artists and international ceramists. Even better, you will...

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