Xian is probably my favourite city in China, it’s got great character, plenty of things to see, banging nightlife and it’s pretty close to Beijing. Naturally it’s on the map internationally thanks to the Terracotta Warriors but in truth it offers much, much more. When you make it here, make sure you hit up these 5 best things to see in Xi’an:
8th Wonder of the World and all that jazz, the Terracotta Army is one of China’s most famous sights. The site is located about 30km from the city centre, you can easily jump on a bus or take a more expensive tour there for the day.
The warriors are a life sized and individually made, with distinct facial expressions and distinct appearances for each and every one, amazing. What’s more amazing was that they were only found about 30 years ago, by 3 local farmers digging a well!
Tickets are 150RMB($24), half price for students
I know this doesn’t sounds very exciting, but Xi’an’s city walls really are quite special. They are the oldest city walls in the whole world, over 12m tall and at points over 18m wide, and almost 15km long – wow! You can cycle or walk around the entire thing, and once a year they run marathons on the thing.
Tickets are 40RMB ($6), half price for students.
2 hours outside of Xi’an, is one of China’s most sacred mountains. Think misty, ancient, awesome Chinese mountain and you’ll be on the right track, you can climb the insanely steep stairs while clinging on to the chain railings to make sure you don’t plummet to your death!
If you take the cable car up, you can climb around the four peaks in about 3-4 hours. Cable car is 80RMB/150RMB($23) round trip and is located at the east gate and goes directly to the north peak. If you want to walk up you have to go to the Yu Quan Yuan entrance but be prepared for a long hike!
Big Wild Goose Pagoda:
The name alone should get you to visit this place, but if that’s not enough then visiting what is recognised as Xi’an’s 1400 year-old icon should provide you with enough photo opps to last a lifetime. They run daily light, water and music shows in the fountain in front of the pagoda.
Tickets are 50RMB($8) to get into the grounds and another 40RMB to enter the pagoda.
The first, and therefore, oldest Mosque in all of China. It’s slap ban in the middle of the Muslim district, and blends Chinese and Islamic architecture beautifully. Non-Muslims can’t get into the centre of the actual mosque but you can walk the majority of the complex. Woman need to dress conservatively. Cover those heads ladies. 3
Tickers are 25RMB($4)
5 cracking things to see in a very livable city, this is China at it’s best. Happy travels!