As an ancient capital city, the long history left Xian with lots of cultural relics. Things to Do in Xian recommends some of the most popular attractions and activities to help travelers to Xian spend an impressive outstanding Xian tour.
Top Things to Do in Xian

Top Things to Do in Xian

Together with Athens, Rome and Cairo, Xian is known as the four ancient capitals of the world. Starting from ancient Chang ‘an(former name of Xian) in the east, the silk road, with a total length of more than 7,000 kilometers, became the main artery of communication between China and the west ...

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Explore Xian Baxian’an Antique Market

Explore Xian Baxian’an Antique Market

During the Ming and Qing dynasties, there was a temple for God of Fire at the south end of an alley in Xian city. The alley extends its way in the north of the temple, hence the name of the alley-North Fire Alley. Eight Immortals Palace (Baxian’an), a famous Taoist Temple in Xian, is right […...

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Enjoy Qinqiang Opera – Unique Shannxi folk Art

Enjoy Qinqiang Opera – Unique Shannxi folk Art

Qinqiang Opera is traditional opera in northwest China, and is one of the national intangible cultural heritages. Mr. Jia Pingwa, a famous Chinese writer, said in his novel the Abandoned Capital, “eight hundred li of Qinchuan land, 30 million people roar Qinqiang.” He also mentioned that...

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Night Walking in Further Muslim Quarter

Night Walking in Further Muslim Quarter

Muslim Quarter refers to the place where Muslim people gather in Xian. Xian natives call it “Hui Fang” or “Fang Shang”. Many of the tourists take for Beiyuanmen Street as Muslim street generally. The fact is that in addition to Beiyuanmen, “Hui Fang” also includes...

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Wander in Distinctive Bar Street and Take A Sip

Wander in Distinctive Bar Street and Take A Sip

Xian is not only an ancient capital, but also a dynamic modern city. Local young people incline to revel in the leisure and comfort of several bar streets, as one of the must-do things after busy day life. Defu Lane: With a total length of less than one kilometer, Defu Lane is an ancient street [&he...

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Experience Morning Lifestyle of Xian

Experience Morning Lifestyle of Xian

Around 6 am, the city begins to wake up and a new day starts. Most people are busy with work or study, but you will see there are some people especially the elders embracing the day in a different way. If you want to have a glimpse of their morning hours, City Ring Park (Huancheng […]...

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Shadow Puppet and Chinese Calligraphy

Shadow Puppet and Chinese Calligraphy

Shadow puppet originated in Guanzhong area (around Xian) in the Western Han dynasty. However, since the late 1980s, this folk art has been on the wane, with fewer and fewer old artists and fewer young people willing to learn and inherit the treasure. In order to revive its former glory and dissemina...

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Riding a Bike on City Wall Top

Riding a Bike on City Wall Top

To make the City Wall sightseeing more interesting and easier, the scenic area offers bike rental service to tourists. Riding a bike to visit city wall is a most welcomed and cool way to visit City Wall. And some other visitors usually take a battery cart to visit City Wall....

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Everlasting Sorrow Performance

Everlasting Sorrow Performance

Huaqing Hot Spring had being used as the royal hot spring bathing spot for tens of centuries. In Chinese history many famous achieved Emperors bathed in Huaqing Hot Spring. The best known one should be Emperor Xuanzong due to his moving love story with Lady Yang. The late Tang Dynasty poet Bai Juyi ...

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The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses

The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses

It is hard to add anything new to the reviews of this site. We were impressed by the artifacts themselves, and by the care being taken by the archaeologist in the excavations and display. We made a journey from Beijing to Xi’an to see this site, and would recommend a stay in the …...

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Xi’an City Wall (Chengqiang)

Xi’an City Wall (Chengqiang)

We cycled the entire wall on rented bikes, and would recommend it highly although it was hard to maintain the bike saddles at the appropriate height (the clamps were a bit loose). If you can only look over the wall from one side, the inner city on the south side is the most inter…...

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Shaanxi History Museum

Shaanxi History Museum

This is a very good museum to view prior to seeing the Terra Cotta Warriors. The museum takes you through Chinese history from Paleolithic times up to the Terra Cotta Warriors’ period and the Han Dynasty. It is interesting to see that other Emperor’s also had Terracotta Warriors,…...

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Tomb of Emperor Jingdi(Hanyangling)

Tomb of Emperor Jingdi(Hanyangling)

Like a mini version of The Terracotta Warriors…all the warriors and animals here are in miniature and made by molds, not individually as the Qin warriors are. A fairly impressive (air conditioned) under ground facility with glass floors so you basically walk over the top of the a…...

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Ancient Wall of South Gate

Ancient Wall of South Gate

Our guide with China Odyssey Tours arranged for the bicycle rental near the west gate. What a neat way for the family to ride along the wall. We were able to stop and look at the displays. We also stopped to look at a fruit and veg market next to the wall and got some great video…...

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Big Wild Goose Pagoda Northern Square

Big Wild Goose Pagoda Northern Square

Popped to see the show it starts at 9 but I would get there thirty mins earlier if you want a front row seat cos passing there at 8.15 it was crowded already. We had a chilled out wander about whilst watching and was fantastic thing to see !...

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Bronze Chariot and Horse of Qinling

Bronze Chariot and Horse of Qinling

You have to jostle for a position to make viewing these worthwhile. Once you are up close they are hard to photograph because of their glass enclosures. I expected them to be full sized, but they are in fact half sized. Not as inspiring as the Terracotta warriors next door. The r…...

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Xi’an Great Mosque

Xi’an Great Mosque

The Xian Grand Mosque in the Muslim Quarters is truly a gem in the city. Set in a garden style with traditional Chinese Architecture (including the rare hanging or cantilever canopy construction which is fast disappearing in China), the mosque welcomes everyone to see how Islam a…...

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Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta)

Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta)

The pagoda itself and the area around it is awesome, especially at night when it’s lit up and they do a fountain show. And the building is very historic and exotic. As crazy as this may sound, check out the mall next door. We found a restaurant on the top floor, I believe it’s ca…...

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Xi’an Bell Tower

Xi’an Bell Tower

I went t the Bell Tour late in the afternoon and paid to to to the top. It is a steep walk along a very small set of stairs with pedestrians going up and down. The views from the top are a photographers delight. The following evening, we drove passed and I wished that we had visi…...

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Dayan Tower Cultural and Leisure Scenic Resort

Dayan Tower Cultural and Leisure Scenic Resort

As our hotel was located adjacent to The Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Leisure Precinct we utilized this area extensively during our visit. We found it a wonderful place to just wander around during the evening. Plenty of interesting things to see from groups of locals enjoying some …...

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