On Jan 3rd, Xian welcomed its first snow in 2018. Among local people, there is the saying “When the snow falls, Xi’an would become Chang’an” because the snow hides the otiose colors brought by the bustling commerce. The silver snow makes the ancient buildings in Xian more elegant and pure.
Tourists who are visiting Xian in these days also meet the most beautiful snow scenery here and there. Today we’d like to share some nice places to appreciate snow scenery in Xian.
The existed Xian City Wall was built in the Ming Dynasty which took the Imperial city wall of the Tang Dynasty as the base. The closed City Wall has a perimeter of 13km and a height of 12 meters. The bottom of the City Wall is 18 meters wide and the top of it is 15 meter. So you may see its thickness is larger than the width. It is the best preserved city wall in China. It’s also the largest and most completely preserved military defensive castle in the world. City Wall is the best place to appreciate the snow scenery in Xian, especially after the construction of the Circle-City Wall Park.
Tang Paradise locates at the Qujiang District of Xian. It covers an area of 300mu and is the first park with the Tang Dynasty imperial building complex as its theme. The park creates quite some records in the world: the largest scale waterscape show, the first five senses park (sight, hearing, olfaction, touch, gustation), the largest outdoor odor engineering, the largest copy construction of Tang Dynasty imperial architecture. It is a welcomed destination among both domestic and international tourists. The thick layer of snow endows the park more elegance.
Big Wild Goose Pagoda
The Big Wild Goose Pagoda was built in 652 in the Tang Dynasty. The master Xuanzang brought many Buddhist sutras, Buddha’s figures, and Buddhist relics from ancient India. To keep these treasure, with support of the government, he built the Big Wild Goose Pagoda.
Small Wild Goose Pagoda
The official name of the Small Wild Goose Pagoda is Jianfusi Pagoda. It is one of the two architectural relics from the Tang Dynasty (the other one is Big Wild Goose Pagoda). It was built in 707 in the Tang Dynasty. It is 3km from the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. And it is named so because it has a smaller scale than the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Though it is less grand than the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, the Small Wild Goose Pagoda has the quiet and beautiful environment and scenery.
Xingqing Palace Park
Xiangqing Palace used to locate at outer side of Tang Dynasty imperial city wall. It was the residence of Li Longji before he took throne as the emperor. Now it is a popular park in west park of downtown Xian. Some architectures in the park were built on the old site of them in the Tang Dynasty. And opposite to the Xianqing Park there is the Xi’an Jiaotong University, one of the best universities in China.
(Pictures from Qi E Shequ)