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Tourist Attractions in Xi'an

 

 

A visit to Xi'an introduces travelers to a unique culture that has developed over many centuries. Visitors will not run short of cultural relics and treasures to learn from. People from all walks of life come here to have a better understanding of the Chinese culture.

Some of Xi'an's top attractions:

Terra Cotta Warriors & Horses

This great archeological excavation of the Qin dynasty revealed a complete army composed of both soldiers and horses. There are 7,000 pottery soldiers,chariots, horses, and weapons that are arranged as if ready for battle. They were symbolically guarding Emperor Qin Shi Huang's tomb. This great mausoleum of Qin's first Emperor remained buried for more than 2,000 years.

The Bell Tower

The Bell Tower is strategically positioned at the geographical center of the ancient city. There are streets going to the four principal directions from the tower. It is the largest wooden tower that is preserved well throughout the country. Its brick base is 35.5 meters long and 8.6 meters wide, while the tower itself stands 36 meters high.

Emperor Zhu Yuanzhang built the tower in 1384 as a display of the ancient city's military significance. Although there are two stories only, the eaves are arranged in three layers, which minimize the impact of rain on the structure. An architectural masterpiece from the Ming dynasty, the tower was moved to its current location in 1582, 1,000 meters away from its original location, to mark the city's center. The base is the only thing that was not part of the original structure.

The Drum Tower

Sister to the Bell Tower, the Drum Tower was constructed in 1380 and renovated in 1699 and 1740. The two stories of the post go to a height of 34 meters. Remarkably, almost no iron nails were used in the construction.

Drums were used for various purposes in ancient China, including signaling the running of time and alerting people of emergencies. Here resides the biggest drum in the country which was placed in the tower in 1996.

Other special attractions at the city center are Shaanxi History Museum, Forest of Stone Steles Museum, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Moslem Street, and Botanical Garden.

East Route

When you take the east street, you will come to the historic Banpo Museum that rests at the site of an ancient village from the Neolithic Yangshao culture. Of course, the most popular site along this route is the Terracotta army. Other special destinations include Huaqing Hot Springs, Mt. Huashan, and Mt. Lishan.

West Route

On the West route are Taiping National Forest Park, Xianyang Museum, Mausoleum of Western Han Emperor Liu Qi, and Taibai Mountain among others.

South Route

Here, you will have the opportunity to visit Qinling Zoological Park, Cuihuashan Mountain, Straw Hut Temple, Western Zhou Chariot Burial Pit, and Lou Guan Tai among others.

North Route

Some of the attractions on this route are Farmers' Caves and Hancheng.

 



 

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