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Xi'an

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Popular things to do in Xi'an

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Nature / Wildlife Tour
Travel China Guide
4.9
Duration: 8 hours
The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses
History Museum
The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses
4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min
Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta) ©
Historic Site
Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta)
4.1
Duration: 2h 30 min
Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang) ©
Ruin
Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang)
4.5
Duration: 2h 30 min
Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization. Over 3,000 years old, the city contains more historic ruins and museums than any visitor can hope to explore in a single trip to Xi'an. Formerly the eastern terminus of the ancient Silk Road, today the city offers a pleasant cosmopolitan atmosphere and easy access to some of China's most important tourist attractions. Among these, the World Heritage Site containing a giant army of terracotta warriors takes the cake, drawing over 2 million tourists each year. Other notable attractions in Xi'an include palaces, parks, mausoleums, and the remains of ancient city walls and gates. Plan trip to China with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Museums in Xi'an

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Shaanxi History Museum ©
History Museum
Shaanxi History Museum
4.3
Duration: 2h 30 min
Tang Bo Art Museum ©
Art Museum
Tang Bo Art Museum
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
Forest of Stone Steles Museum ©
History Museum
Forest of Stone Steles Museum
4.2
Duration: 2h 30 min
Xi'an Banpo Museum
History Museum
Xi'an Banpo Museum
3.9
Duration: 2h 30 min

Historic Sites in Xi'an

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Xi'an Mosque ©
Religious Site
Xi'an Mosque
4.3
Duration: 2h 30 min
Temple of the Eight Immortals (Ba Xian An) ©
Religious Site
Temple of the Eight Immortals (Ba Xian An)
3.8
Duration: 2h 30 min
Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor ©
Historic Site
Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor
3.0
Duration: 2h 30 min

Hidden gems in Xi'an

Xi'an Museum ©
Specialty Museum
Xi'an Museum
4.3
Duration: 2h 30 min
Tomb of Emperor Jingdi (Hanyangling) ©
Cemetery
Tomb of Emperor Jingdi (Hanyangling)
4.1
Duration: 2h 30 min
Huaqing Palace ©
Hot Spring
Huaqing Palace
3.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Food Tour
Food Tours
5.0
Duration: 3 hours

Side trips from Xi'an

Mount Huashan ©
Mountain
Mount Huashan Huayin
4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min
Western Han Dynasty Mausoleums
Cemetery
Western Han Dynasty Mausoleums Xianyang
5.0
Duration: 2h 30 min
Shuilu Temple
Monument
Shuilu Temple Lantian County
5.0
Duration: 2h 30 min
Zhuque National Forest Park, Xi'an
Forest
Zhuque National Forest Park, Xi'an Hu County
5.0
Duration: 2h 30 min

Shopping in Xi'an

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Muslim market ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Muslim market
4.3
Duration: 2h 30 min
Wanda Plaza (lijiacun)
Shopping Mall
Wanda Plaza (lijiacun)
3.8
Duration: 2h 30 min
Thousands of department Store (private paradise Wanda)
Shopping Mall
Thousands of department Store (private paradise Wanda)
3.8
Duration: 2h 30 min
Lishan Beacon ©
Civic Center
Lishan Beacon
3.2
Duration: 2h 30 min

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Where to stay in Xi'an

As in most Chinese cities, the least expensive places to stay in Xi'an concentrate around the main train station. To stay in a quieter and safer area, look for rooms in or near the city center, where you can choose between mid-range hotels and affordable youth hostels catering to backpackers and other travelers on a budget. Tourists with bargaining experience can usually get deeply discounted rooms through agents working the shuttle bus station at the airport. If you'd rather avoid dealing with touts, book your accommodations ahead.
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