Things To Do In Xian In October – Visiting Xian In October + What to do!
Last Update: 17th November 2019
What Are The 10 Best Things To Do In Xi’an In October?
It is cool weather in Xi’an in October. As the best sights in Xi’an are always crowded during the National Day Holiday (October 1 – 7), it is recommended that you avoid paying a visit to Xi’an during the period of time. Some Chinese domestic visitors who drove to the city were even stuck in the busy traffic on the highway. If you visit the city during the other periods of time in October, you could be able to get a more comfortable experience. Then, let’s have a quick look at the things to do in Xi’an in October.
- Xi’an City Wall
As one of the must-visit spots in Xi’an, the Old City Wall could take you back to the time. It is advised that you explore the city wall after 5 pm. Enjoying cycling on the wall or just visiting it on foot is up to you. Each option could offer you unforgettable memories. At dusk, the city wall wears a layer of golden sunlight, which is a feast for eyes.
- Bell and Drum Tower Square
The Bell and Drum Towers Square could follow the visit to the Old City Wall at night. If you love walking, you could walk to it from the wall as it is just situated within 30 minutes walk from the wall. Under the silver, golden and green lights, the two towers originally built in early Ming Dynasty (1368 -1644) offer stunning views to enjoy.
- Muslim Quarter
The Muslim Quarter is a combination of local snack, the Muslim food and old mosques. It is just within 5 minutes from the Bell and Drum Towers Square. After visits to the Old City Wall and the square, it is a great place to you to refresh yourself with local snacks and kebab and the Muslim food.
- Gao Grand Courtyard (Gao Family Mansion)
Located in the Muslim Quarter, the Gao Grand Courtyard, Xi’an features the old buildings with exquisite carvings in the Ming and Qing (1644 – 1912) Dynasties. At night, the shadow play is regularly put on every one hour. Sometimes, the Shanxi Opera is put on there as well. In addition, it offers inscription rubbing experience.
- Hua Mountain (Huashan)
To challenge Hua Mountain – one of the most dangerous mountains across China could be a thrilling experience. In October, it is decorated with golden leaves. You could appreciate the breathtaking sunset on the top of the West Peak, the amazing moon and the sunrise at the East Peak. The mountain could offer you an unforgettable experience. It is strongly recommended that you wear a pair of antiskid shoes.
- Great Mosque of Xi’an
It is said that the Great Mosque of Xi’an is the oldest mosque in China. With the style in the Tang Dynasty (618 – 907), it has green glazed roof and the caisson ceiling composed of more than 600 painted pictures on the main prayer hall in the fourth courtyard. The mosque offers 4 courtyards to explore. The first courtyard has a large screen wall with exquisite brick carving, while the second one features several old stone steles.
- Terracotta Warriors Museum
The Museum of the Terracotta Warriors and Horses of Qin Shihuang is one of the don’t-miss spots in Xi’an. You could be amazed at the rigorous battle formations created by the strategists in the Warring States Period (475 BC – 221 BC) through the battle formations made by the terracotta warriors, horses and chariots that have the similar sizes of their kinds.
- Shaanxi History Museum
As a comprehensive history museum, the Shaanxi History Museum offers more than 2,000 pieces of precious exhibits to demonstrate the history of Xi’an from the prehistoric age to the Qing Dynasty. The exhibits consist of painted pottery in the prehistoric age, bronze wares in the Zhou Dynasty (1056 BC – 256 BC), the precious frescoes in the tombs of royal family in the Tang Dynasty and much more.
- Tang Paradise
The Tang Paradise reflects the history and culture in the Tang Dynasty from various fields, including the folk culture, buildings, poetry, imperial examinations, foreign affairs, sculptures, Chinese calligraphy and female culture during the dynasty. It offers tens of shows at different times from day to night, such as Shanxi Opera, and lion dancing.
- Huaqing Palace
Huaqing Palace was the summer resort for the royal family during the period of time. If you study the history of it before your visit, you won’t feel it is meaningless to explore it. The buildings there have a simple but solemn style popular in the Tang Dynasty. The Li Mountain – the background of the palace is dotted with old pavilions, temples, and towers. Many visitors think it is worth watching the Everlasting Regret Show at night which presents the love between Yang Yuhuan (719 – 756) and Emperor Tang Minghuang (685 – 762) as well as the social situation in the Tang Dynasty.