Antiseptic Gel is a Must
I don't have much to add to the comments already posted.
BUT, consider keeping some antiseptic gel to clean your hands before eating. I haven't seen restaurants with soap available. And people are always handling cash (western credit cards are not accepted in 99.5% of the stores). As I've mentioned, consider bringing cash, instead of relying on your credit cards. Visa/Mastercard/Amex are not accepted in most of Xi'an stores, markets or restaurants. Traveller Checks are a lot safer and can be exchanged at any Bank of China branch.
No Restaurant Tip
There's no restaurant tip, but one thing is for sure. The local food in Xi'an, is delicious! The hand-made noodles, fried "you tiao", small oranges are simply great! Road-side stalls are deliciously cooked and is very very cheap!
Almost all the road-side food stalls are cheap & good!
A pork bun selling at only RMB1 ! Which is about SGD0.20!
The 8th Wonder of the World
We feel so fortunate to have enjoyed a day seeing the Terra Cotta Warriors. There are 3 main pits here that are being excavated. This was discovered in 1974 and is now a full fledged tourist stop. Emperor Qin Shi Huang or the Founding Father of the Qin created the statues, horses and chariots as real life size figures to accompany him in his burial.
What is amazing to me, to give this exhibit some perspective is that when these figures were being crafted, Jesus was walking on the Galilee.
The city walls of Xian
This is a really nice stroll in winter. We started the walk from the southern entrance. It's quiet and peaceful up there, and you can look at the daily activities of the people from up there. You can also compare the architecture of the buildings within the city walls and those outside the walls. We really like the stroll up there, and you can even rent a bike and cycle on the cobblestone path.
The Old City Wall
The Old City Wall of Xi’an is the most complete city wall in China.
The city wall, after 600 years, still stands, at 12 meters high and 13.7 kilometers in length. The base of the wall was made of earth, quicklime, and glutinous rice extract. Its top and external layer were covered with bricks.
There is a fort every 120 meters apart. The forts were built to allow the soldiers to shoot those enemies who tried to climb the wall, without exposing themselves. There are almost 100 forts on the wall.
A watch tower is located on each of the four corners of the wall. The one at the southwestern corner has a special shape, round, thicker than other corners. It is famous, because there is a Chinese expression, if we say “someone’s face looks like a southwestern corner of the city wall”, it means that the person has a lot of nerve.
The Grand South Gate is the most important gate of the wall. When important dignitaries come to Xi’an, the local government will hold a ceremony, lowering the suspension bridge and opening the gate.
Outside the wall, a moat runs around it. Around the moat, there is a park and some squares. In the evening, local people entertain themselves, singing, dancing and playing instruments on the square of the Grand South Gate.
I believe the best time to visit the Old City Wall is around sunset. So you can walk or ride on a bicycle on the wall, and also enjoy the wall at night. When it’s dark, the moon, the architecture and you are the hosts of the city.
Metchod: walk, bicycle (rent on the wall), electrified vehicle