Xi'an Off The Beaten Path

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Most Viewed Off The Beaten Path in Xi'an

  • 1. Hua Shan Mountain

    Huashan is a sacred Taoist mountain 120 km to the east. Bus go from the train station to the base. It is fantastically beautiful, but hard work to hike. I've got a whole page for it here.

  • 2. City Wall

    The big, solid volume of the walls make the long and wide moat that surrounds them look like a "insignificant" detail, but we are forced to admit that its perfect conception was an effective defense,...

  • 3. Ceramics

    Ceramics and porcelain are some of the most distinguished arts in China. Though mainly concentrated in the older days, the collection of Provincial Museum is...

  • 4. The External City

    .Around the huge area encircled by the walls, a modern city seems to match the development seen in the other big cities of China. Concentrated in the interior...

  • 5. A Personal privilege

    The room is large and beautiful. People sit around tables, in a mix of theatre and restaurant that announces noise and movements during the show.Imagine that,...

  • 6. Recuperation

    Everywhere in China, people work hard to recover touristy spots. That was mainly seen in Beijing, but also in Xi’an. Many monuments exhibit covered facades, but...

  • 7. Surprise - A Beautiful Park

    When you visit the Terra-cotta Warrior site you are driven from the car park to the museums by golf cart. As you drive you pass a lovely park on your left....

  • 8. Cool world-Zhuque National Forest Park

    I spent my last day of 2007 in a uncommon way,. Climbing a mountain in a chilly winter day. It’s a forest park in Qinlin Mountains, 74 km west of Xi’an. The...

  • 9. Famen Temple - definitely not a tourist trap

    A highlight of this trip was Famen Si (Temple), approx. 120 km west of Xi’an. The temple and museum were amazing, and it was not overrun with tourists. We did...

  • 10. Burial Mounds and Pyramids

    Because Xi'an was the capitol of China for over 1000 years, the countryside around the city contains dozens of tomb sites of emperors and other nobles. Many of...

  • 11. Cave dwellers' village

    This real village outside Xi'an is not widely known, and as it is where people live, is only open to a few visitors.Leaving our bus near some modern houses, we...

  • 12. Explore the City

    We decided to see some of the city within the walls on our morning "off" in Xi'an. We took a cab to just inside the wall, and immediately took off along a side...

  • 13. You are in pure nature-the tranquil village

    Old Country Seat is located in Qinling Mountain, 160 kilometers from Xi'an. Only those who have adventure spirit, unique taste and necessary endurance can see...

  • 14. Take out of my breath-Jia Wutai Mountain

    Jia Wutai Mountain is also one of the Zhongnan Mountain. Southeast of Xi'an, 30 kms, one hour driving. Because there is a ten-kilometer bumpy road. It is...

  • 15. South Wutai Mountain-green peak

    Through my window, I can see endless Zhongnan Mountains almost everyday. If someone stands on the high point of south of Xi'an, he can also see the mountains in...

  • 16. the only yellow waterfall-Hukou Waterfall

    400 kilometers from Xi'an, the Hukou Waterfall is the second-largest waterfall in China ,the only yellow waterfall of the world. It's on the Yellow River which...

  • 17. Flying Kite

    Between the Bell Tower & Drum Tower is a lovely mall where a number of locals/tourists flies the kites (chained). The area is windy and the kites takes off...

  • 18. Huaqing Pool and Palaces

    During the Tang Dynasty, the emperors and their consorts built palaces around the city of Chang'an, and the Huaqing Palace, below Lishan is one of the more...

  • 19. The Drum Tower

    As in all Chinese cities, the Bell and Drum Towers were the main civic features, allowing citizens to time their days by the beat of the drum or ring of the...

  • 20. Forest of Steles - Beilin

    The forest of steles (steles are the big stone tablets sometimes with script on them) is a museum to these fun looking things. The museum also has other big...

  • 21. Forest of Stone Tablets (Beilin)

    This museum preserves the ancient inscription tablets, which are part of the "heaviest" book collection, or ancient chinese library.Most of the tables date from...

  • 22. Qin shi Huangdi (Emperor Qin's Tomb)

    Probably you will visit this place as included in some tour around the city or to the Terracota army as main attraction.Chinese tombs are constructed hills...

  • 23. Three Beaches National Park

    There is a national park on the Xi'an - Chengdu train line (Jia Ling Station) which is easy to get to and offers great hiking opportunities! In fact, of its 200...

  • 24. Pyramids in China

    Near Xian Yang, an ancient city of China, there are sites of 'pyramids'. For those of you who are interested, the following few websites have some...

  • 25. Visit a Xian teahouse and see...

    Visit a Xian teahouse and see the famous magic teapots of Xian. It looks like a normal teapot then you turn it upside-down and water is poured into the bottom....

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