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Xi'an Things to Do

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  • Terracotta Army

    We enter pit 1, the larger one, and we get immediately the notion of the huge size of the archaeological site, but they alert us that only a small part is dug, and that the main open area is pit 3. Why? Because it is the headquarters. Generals, nobles and other important people seem to be represented there. Well, maybe historically that is...

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  • City Wall

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The city wall is a great monument by itself. Walking on it, even in a short distance, is mandatory. Furthermore, the clever idea of spreading on it some recreations of the old war machines enhances the views, and give this place a sense of natural authenticity. Of course, we don't know the purpose of some of them, but... they fit well in place!

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  • Muslim Quarters

    Take your time in this area. The bazaar is a wide area of stalls selling… everything, but around it, China pulses with its best colours and events. The streets and walkways are full of life, and if you can support some unpleasant smells (Fernanda complained a little) it’s something you shouldn’t miss.

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  • Drum and Bell Tower

    In the centre of the old city, and marking the entrance to the Muslim quarter, there is a beautiful tower, very similar to its neighbour – the Bell Tower. The main difference is that instead of bells it has large drums all around it. We had no opportunity to assist a drum performance, but, no doubt, with that size and quantity it shall be a hell...

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  • Wild Goose Pagodas

    4 out of 5 stars

    Not exactly a simple temple, but a wide complex with temples, pagodas and gardens. A detailed visit will take lots of time. If you don’t worry too much about the function and history of each construction, then a couple of hours will do, but be prepared to meander around, or you will take a rather basic idea of the whole. The most impressive...

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  • Museums

    This museum is a grave. The dug mausoleum of Emperor Liu Qi is fundamental to understand the more outstanding terracotta warriors. In the dark corridors, we can see lots of small dolls, buried with the emperor, and, according to the tradition, representing people to serve him. The small step from dolls to actual size figures was only a matter...

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Xi'an Restaurants

  • Muslim Quarters

    4 out of 5 stars

    I can't say the name of this little place but I can guarantee that will be one of the best things you will eat in China! It is in the Erfu Street, neighbour of the Lohas Dream of Youth Hostel (number 59, a few meters from the main easy to identify!). It is a simple place, food to go. They have good options of bread, but go with what the locals...

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  • De Fa Zhang Jiaozi Shop

    4 out of 5 stars

    Personally I think it is way too expensive. Anyway it is nice to try it once and tell the world that I have tried the dumpling banquet in Xian. We have the dumpling downstairs where the locals eat since they are a lot nicer and cheaper.

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  • Jia San

    4 out of 5 stars

    A famous local type of soup dumpling (baozi), the Jia San bao, can be eaten here at this restaurant in the Muslim Quarters. The filling is made of lamb and contains soup. Very delicious and a must-eat while you are in Xi'an. Lamb soup dumplings

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Xi'an Nightlife

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  • The Tang Dynasty

    Put this simple thing in mind: If you go to Xi'an and miss this superb show, I will not talk to you anymore! Kidding? Of course! but the show is really something not to be missed if you want to have contact with chinese music and culture.

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  • Perfect

    Put this simple thing in mind:If you go to Xi'an and miss this superb show, I will not talk to you anymore! Kidding? Of course! but the show is really something not to be missed if you want to have contact with chinese music and culture.

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  • Beautiful show in Xi'an

    The Tang Dynasty dinner and show should not be missed while in Xi'an. The food was tasty (six course meal served with rice wine) and the dances are mesmerizing. The show starts a few minutes after dinner. It was a mixture of dancing and acrobatics, and beautiful colors. Smart casual

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Xi'an Transportation

  • Train

    There are new fast trains up and running in various parts of China, (Beijing to Shanghai for a couple of years now) and still more routes being constructed at the moment - such as Xi'an to Tianyan which is meant to be ready by the end of the year. It would be great for travelling to the popular town of Pingyao which usually takes 8 hours by bus and...

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  • Xi'an Airport

    The airport is 47 km from Xian city centre and there's a very convenient airport bus that goes there from outside the Melody Hotel which is opposite the Drum Tower in the city centre. The bus costs RMB27, takes about an hour or so and runs between 6am and 6pm.

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  • Taxis

    The easiest way around Xian other than your feet are the numerous green and blue colored taxis. They are cheap and easily flagged down. Just have the hotel concierge write down in chinese where it is you want to go.

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Xi'an Shopping

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  • Nice to See

    Don’t skip the shopping area in the Wild Goose Pagoda. More than a shop, it looks like a museum, and allows different and interesting angles to see the site. The prices… well, that I skipped, but, being in a monument...!

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  • All at Once

    Right inside Xi’an, the visited factory (I couldn’t read its name) is clearly tourist oriented. In a single pass, you may see the work in most Chinese crafts, from silk to wood, and… buy them.Or to check and learn the qualities and prices to buy elsewhere.

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  • Language is no Barrier

    On the 14th day of August 2007, it took place in Xi'an an extraordinary assembly of the Women International Organization in China, with the following plan of work:1 - A pair of pantsAfter 6 hours of useful discussion (I don't know in which languages), it was possible to reach an agreement, approved by 64% of the votes. The final document will be...

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Xi'an Local Customs

  • Board Games

    I don´t know if I should call it as a 'cultural tip' because you won´t go Xi´An to play chess. No, I don´t mean the game what the Westerner play but Chinese Chess. Once I saw a group of men standing on the street and they stared on the floor. I am curious so I was interested to find out what they were looking for... I went near to them and then I...

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  • Medicine

    I've been sick in China once and went to a Chinese medicine shop. They doctor told me to open my mouth and asked the nurse what it looked like- he was pretty much blind. Then he prescribed some herbs to mix and make Chinese Medicinal Tea with. It tasted like arse but did the trick.

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  • Monks

    Be aware that, like everywhere else, temples are praying sites, and, despite their old and exotic look, they may keep being used for their religious purposes. That is the case of the Wild Goose Pagoda, where we tried to do not disturb the praying monks, but… only their great concentration helped us. VT now allows the inclusion of video. As son as I...

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Xi'an Warnings and Dangers

  • Photos/Video

    What a challenge for the photo maniacs! The poor illumination, the reflexes in the glass, the impossibility to use flash, the uncomfortable position, everything contributes to the poor quality of all the taken pictures. Of course, some efforts deserve respect, special with the limitations of touristy equipment!

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  • Provincial History Museum

    The terracotta warriors have the expected evidence in Xi'an’s Provincial museum, but they are simple details that will not replace the visit of the excavations site. For those who had been there, the display doesn’t add much, so, I suggest that you should try to do it in the best order.

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  • Hanyangling Museum - A challenge

    What a challenge for the photo maniacs! The poor illumination, the reflexes in the glass, the impossibility to use flash, the uncomfortable position, everything contributes to the poor quality of all the taken pictures. Of course, some efforts deserve respect, special with the limitations of touristy equipment!

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Xi'an Tourist Traps

  • At the Terracotta Army

    The guides trolling the TerraCotta Warriors are usually not the recommended guides. Do not get a guide here. Make sure they are licensed. Make the guides show you their certification. A real certification will have an electronic card that looks like a SIM card on the back. Get a guide beforehand -- that is a must! I have two recommendations: I used...

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  • Taxis

    You'll be told and see signs at the hostels that there are no taxis between 3 to 4pm as this is the changeover for drivers - their dinner breaks. So if you need to catch a train, flight etc you need to go super early apparently. Well we found a taxi at 3.30pm and although it was a little difficult to find out - with our stunning blonde daughter on...

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  • Glass pavements in Hanyangling Museum

    The excavation area is seen from above, walking on a glass pavement. To avoid scratches in the glass, everybody receives a couple of plastic bags to cover the shoes.Clever, but the surprise of the situation is a good opportunity for some laughing, and some shoes are hard to cover."Bottoms up", then, will be the common position to see the Museum......

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Xi'an What to Pack

  • 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...

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  • Photo Equipment

    I always travel with my Minolta SLR camera with 2 lenses (1x 35/80 and 1x 75/300 zoom), a two times converter, a polariser for both lenses, a spare battery and 10 spare rolls of 400 asa film (36) with 1 loaded into the camera.

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  • Photographic Equipments

    You surely won’t forgive yourself if you travel China without a camera. I personally have ton of memory space, not to mention I have my notebook around because I needed it for my training in Beijing.If you're a shuttle happy guy like me, you probably need to bring one of this photo storage (see 2nd picture) to store your high resolution photos....

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Xi'an Off The Beaten Path

  • 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.

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  • 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. Today, it helps to enhance the views of the walls and the sensation of power that they emanate.

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  • 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 seems very rich, showing very uncommon pieces and techniques... at least for a non-expert as me!

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Xi'an General

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  • Terracotta Army

    One of the farmers who discovered the Terracotta Warriors and Horses back in the 1970's is present at the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor on a regular basis to provide autographs. You can buy a colorful souvenir book and have it autographed by him. Something worth buying and taking home while you are there!

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  • Hua Qing Hot Springs

    I really enjoyed Huaqingqiao most. My timing was especially appropriate since it was the day they buried Zhang Xueliang in Hawaii, the general who kidnapped Chiang Kai-shek. You oculd see the bullets littering the walls and the signpost that said 'Jiang was captured here' up the hill.

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  • Muslim Quarters

    Xian has been a city of traders along the silk road. Many Muslims came to Xian with their karawanes. Now you can still find many Chinese Muslims, which are called Hui. They have mosques and their special food. Lots of noodleshops and Shashliki stalls. For more consice informations please see this website: Hui Minority

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