Cultural event in Xian
Whenever intending to visit Xian and the nightlife in this city - go the the Tang Theater - it is a combination of restaurant and show ! You will never forget it - for more details - visit my travelogues ! Reservation is necessary -
a great evening is assured ! Leasure
Walls in Excellent Condition
The city walls around Xi'an are said to be among the best preserved in China. The sections that I saw definitely lead me to believe that this was true. It was easy to imagine myself defending the city from invading Mongols from the top of this structure.
Walk the Quarters
Just an afternoon is all you need -though you could spend a day- to walk the Muslim Quarter. A trio of blind people inch forward, singing along to music blaring from a speaker mounted onto a cart and powered by a car battery with an amp/mixer. They've passed the fried dough vendors, the spicy bean jelly steaming from giant woks, souvenir shops... The white goatees of old, Muslim men, ambling slightly faster, are somewhat of an unusual sight in China.
Restaurants sell food outside or you can sit down inside, where it's hot and noisy- a great Chinese experience. It's a great place to eat, from sesame candies and fried pastry desserts, to cold and spicy sesame noodles, spicy fried rice and skewers of roast meat.
It gets busy around dinner time, when the tourists go home and the locals come out to eat.
There's a lot of souvenir vendors... don't waste your money on the fake stuff. Fake (and really cruddy) Rolex, initial offer: 280 yuan. Counter offer: 5 yuan. Vendor offer: 100. Counter: 7 Vendor: 20. But she said it was really good quality! Don't fall for it! I can't stress this enough, HAGGLE! These prices have gone up immensely due to tourist paying the asking price!
Keep in mind that most, if not all, of these places don't sell beer -somewhat of an oddity considering the rest of China- since it is Muslim.
More images are in the travelogue, "Walking the Muslim Quarter".
The eighth wonders of the world. Enough have been said from previous travellers.
The tourist guide service is affordable at about 20RMB. The shopping within is at very high prices. The tour guide, probably, gets their commission from those sales. The same product you can purchase for 2RMB at the bus terminal compared to 300RMB in the speciality shop in the museum. YES! only 2RMB.
Han Yang Ling
This is the Mausoleum of Emperor Liu Qi of the Han Dynasty.There are many statues with no arms and statues of animals here.By looking at them , we will be able to know the sex of the person depicted by the statue.Since this place is near the airport, you should visit it on your way into Xi`an or on your way to the airport.