Xian Shan Travel Guide

  • Xian Shan
    by wilocrek
  • Xian Shan
    by wilocrek
  • Xian Shan
    by wilocrek

Xian Shan Things to Do

  • The Bell Tower

    The Bell Tower (along with the Drum Tower) are two of the most notable and beautiful landmarks of Xian. Nestled in the center of the town within the ancient city gates the Bell Tower offers not only a glimpse in to ancient China but amazing panoramic views of the beautiful city of Xian. While Xian is most notable for the nearby Terracotta Warriors...

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  • Terracotta Warriors (Pit #2)

    Located 66 feet (20 meters) to the north of Pit 1 at the eastern end, Pit 2 is in an "L" shape. This pit was discovered in April 1976, covering an area of 64,583 square feet (6,000 square meters). It measures 407 feet (124 meters) long from east to west, 322 feet (98 meters) wide from north to south and 16 feet (5 meters) deep. Different from Pit...

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  • The Terracotta Warriors (Pit #1)

    The idea of the Terracotta Warriors has always fascinated me, the thought of thousands of buried soldiers standing guard in the Emperor's tomb lost for hundreds of years and then rediscovered by farmers is an amazing story. Visiting the Terracotta Warriors was not a letdown, at least in the size and immesnity of the pits and soldiers. Although I...

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  • Tour around the city

    Since it was a school-trip we also went sightseeing in Xi'an wisiting the drum tower, a chinese mosque and a local market not far from the mosque. The market was very nice with the usual chinese goods like handmade silk paintings, small figurines of dragons etc. etc. etc. Do not forget to haggle! I you don't they concider you rude and/or a bit...

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  • The Terracotta Soldiers- Emperor Qin Shi...

    You have never seen anything quite like this, and you will never again! It is hard to believe that the estimated amount of 7000 uniqely designed real sized terracotta soldiers could lie hidden in the ground for more than 2000 years! A couple of local farmers stumbled across these ancient figures when drilling a water well in 1974 close to the man...

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  • Warriors

    Few things are as striking as the Terracotta Warriors. There are about 1000 of them uncovered, with about 7000 more underground.They have 3 amazing features-1 the amount of work that went into creating them2 The amount of effort that went into destroying them.3 The ongoing work to preserve and renovate them.

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  • The 'Banpo' neolithic village

    Well, I visited this place a few years ago, and it was 'ok'. It's one of the oldest villages every found, however it's being extremely poorly excavated, so there's water everywhere and in reality you can't see much, let alone imagine how they lived 6,000 years ago. It's pretty much a waste of time and i'd suggest going to the history museum...

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  • HuangShan mountain

    This is one of the 5 'sacred' mountains of China. I did not visit it and only saw it from the bus, but it looked amazing. I've been to another of the 'sacred mountains', that being the Yellow mountain in Anhui province. These things kick ass and are totally mind-blowing. You could spend days, maybe even weeks in this place without getting bored /...

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  • The Big Wild Goose Pagoda

    This is one of the 'must see' attractions of Xi'an. Dating back to its creation in 654 (or something crazy like that) it has survived many earthquakes and remains almost pristine to this day (well it looks great, that's for sure). It's been renovated a couple times, sure, but it still keeps it old-time look. Entrance fee is 25 Yuan / person....

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  • The Shanxi History Museum

    This place is awesome. First off, get here by taking the # 610 bus (from the Bell Tower). It'll be on your left, and you'll see tons of Chinese flags and such. You can't really miss it. It's about 15 minutes from the city center. Anyway, if you take that same bus 1 or 2 more stops you can easily get to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, too.Back to the...

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  • The Muslim quaters

    The entrance is located right under the Drum Tower. You can't miss it, there's McDonalds 10 feet away. Upon entering, turn right after having walked about 10 metres, and you'll enter a little alley-way where people sell stuff. There's all kinds of junk and you can find lots of things...some interesting. Those people are desperate to sell because...

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  • The Teracotta Warriors, or Bin Ma Yong

    This is the reason why you should come to Xi'an. One of the most magnificient pieces of history ever found, the warriors and the Great Wall and the 2 most prized-possessions of Chinese history (in my opinion). They are open 8:30-5:30. Contrary to what other people would say on virtual tourist, pictures *are* allowed there (I was there just 3 weeks...

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  • Haqing Hot Springs

    These are a series of Hot Springs that the emporers have enjoyed for 2000 years. Bus#306 stops outside the cable car enterence. A mini bus runs back to the train station and takes about 35 minutes and costs about 3-4RMB. Enterece fee is 30RMB. Hot pool and Sauna 20-120RMB. It is open Daily from 7am-7pm.

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  • The Forest of Steles

    This place containes over 1000inscription etched stones in 7 exibition halls. Open Daily 8:00am-6:30pm enterence fee is 30RMB.

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  • Little Wild goose Pagoda

    The Little Goose Pagoda was built in AD709, and was damaged in a couple of Earthquakes. There is also a quiet and pretty park on the site. Admission is Y5 for the Park and 10RMB for the climb up the Pagoda. It is open daily 8:30am-6:00PM.

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  • The Big Wild Goose Pagoda

    Know one knows why the "Wild Goose" name was added for the Pagoda. This is in a nice park with temples and beautiful Landscaping. The Pagoda itself was first built in AD652, and has over 600 Buddist Scriptures inside. The Pagoda has been rebuilt many times in the last 1200years. Open Daily in summer from 8:30am-6:30pm Admission is 20RMB for park...

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  • Terracotta Warriors

    The Terracotta Warriors are one China's most impresive sites. Built for the Emperor Qin Shihuang who unifed China in 221BC. He constructed the warriors as part of an underground Empire that would show his Glory after he died. The first soldier was unearthed in 1974 by a peasent digging a well. The First Vault has over 6000 wariors and all look...

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  • The Drum tower

    This is the Drum Tower, just across the park from the Bell Tower, and markes the enterence to the Muslim Quarter. The Tower was built in 1380 and a drum signaled Dusk. You can climb the Tower and have a great view of the City. Open Daily 8am-7pm. 12 RMB.

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  • The Park Near the Town Center

    This Park, In between the Bell & Drum tower just to the west of the Bell Tower is a place of walkways and pretty flowers. Also it is fun to watch the Chinese fly kites here. There is shopping nearby to.

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  • The Bell Tower

    The Bell Tower, erected in 1834. The first floor holds ancient Chinese musical instruments, and the 3rd floor has some scrolls. Open 8:00am-7:00PM Daily. Admission is 15RMB.

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  • Muslim Quarter

    The Muslim Quarter is like stepping into the middle east, with Chinese. You can spend hours wandering the narrow allys, and the souvineer stands, and hole in the wall restarunts. Food is Muslim and Middle Eastern origin. It is also cheap. You get there by walking thru the Drum tower. Be warned you can get lost easy. Also the Great Mosque is that...

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Xian Shan Restaurants

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    by MylesD Written May 18, 2004

    I witnessed the 'Tang Dynasty Dinner Show' experience a few years ago, on my first trip to Xi'an. I was part of a tour group so the dinner was included within the tour...this time around, we found the place and decided to try and book ourselves some seats. Well, I guess it's really, really popular because the show goes for 410 Yuan / person nowadays, which is very expensive by my standards...even for a great show. And trust me, it really is a great experience, but not worth 410 Yuan for 1 1/2 hours. It's a 4-course meal served during a 3 or 4 act play, which includes all kinds of costumes and cool stuff...really nice eye candy, 'specially for me, and I don't even like theatre. Smart dress-code required, and no smoking, by the way. Make reservations by calling a few days ahead of time...the show is usually packed. It plays every night.

    Favorite Dish: You can choose from 2 or 3 different dishes...from what I can remember. The food was ok.

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Xian Shan Transportation

  • Xian to the Terracotta Warriors by Bus

    There are many buses leaving regularly for the Terracotta Warrior museum in front of the Xi'an bus station (east to the train station, outside (in the north) the city walls). Bus 306 (Chinese bus green 5) leaves from the lot in front of the train station and will take you to a parking lot right in front of the museum site in about an hour (it can...

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  • taxi

    Like everywhere else, taxi-drivers in China are both lovable and detestable. In Kunming, we saw a convoy of `loving heart’ taxis ferrying passengers supposedly on welfare for an outing. Such a sight gives us a good impression of the taxi-drivers who are doing a charitable act for society. But elsewhere in Xian, we met a taxi-driver who was out to...

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  • taxi

    it's convenience to take around in Xian by taxi. It could be take you about $1US or so. Taking the bus of coure is vey cheap but sometimes crouded. If you are not in hurry and want to have speicial and easy feeling, try the pedicab.

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Xian Shan Warnings and Dangers

  • TAXIS

    Yes, taxis will always swindle you and that is the ever-persistent behavior of Chinese drivers.In Xi'an, the meter drops at 5 Yuan and you can go 3 km before it switches to 0.7 every 1/2 km after that.Always offer the first price. KNOW your Chinese numbers!! This is essential anywhere in China. If someone will take you somewhere for more than 20...

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  • WARNINGS FOR XI'AN

    Yes, I wrote that in capital letters for a reason. Read the following extremely carefully, even if you only plan to spend a few hours in Xi'an. The second you leave the train / bus station, there will be pick-pockets around you. There will be people walking on your heels. People in shops will tend to stand 5 cm from your face. They have no concept...

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    by MylesD Written May 21, 2004

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    Favorite thing: ...to the Bell and Drum towers can be purchased underground, right beneath the Bell Tower. That's where the 'tunnel' is, and somewhere in there you can buy your tickets. They're not worth it though. Just take a picture from accross the street, same damn thing.

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