Xi’an Top 10 Attractions – discover the Top 10 Attractions in Xi’an
Last Update: 25th November 2019
What are the Xian Top 10 Attractions?
Are you planning for your visit to Xi’an? Are you searching for the Top 10 Attractions in Xi’an for your vacation? Let’s take a look at them together.
The best time to explore the Xi’an Old City Wall is during the sunset when it is not hot. In addition, you could admire the stunning sunset. Meanwhile, you could be able to experience cycling along the wall. You could also appreciate the night views there which are a feast for your eyes as well. You could return the bike at any bike rental spots along the wall when you feel tired.
The Bell and Drum Towers could be listed to the top 10 attractions in Xi’an. They both are the landmarks in Xi’an. The roof of the Bell Tower is decorated with the painted beasts. It offers wooden doors and windows with great carvings. The Drum Tower offers several drums on display. In addition, you could watch the drum show at the tower if you are interested. If you love photographing, the best time to visit them is at night too.
Many tourists love to visit Muslim Quarter after they explore the Old City Wall and the Bell and Drum Towers as they are located within 30 minutes walk distance. What’s more, the quarter lies around 10 minutes walk from the Bell Tower. You will find authentic local food, including Biangbiang Noodles, Liangpi, Paomo and Rougamo and the Muslim food there. In addition, the quarter is dotted with 10 mosques.
The Great Mosque of Xi’an is situated in the Muslim Quarter. Along the lanes to the mosque, you will see locals who live there from generation to generation. Distinctive from other mosques, the mosque presents a strong style in the Tang Dynasty (618 – 907). However, you could also find Muslim characteristics there, such as the colorful caisson ceiling at the main hall made of 600 geometric patterns made of Arabic characters. The mosque is much more popular among the foreigners than among the Chinese visitors.
Huashan Mountain is one of the best-known attractions in Xi’an due to its danger and steepness. It presents different breathtaking views around the year. In summer, you could see clouds seas and the gorgeous sunrise at the East Peak while the West Peak features the sunset. It offers several routes to experience. You could choose one to explore based on your schedule and preferences.
Originally built in the early of the Tang Dynasty, Huaqing Palace has the Li Mountain as its background. At the foot of the mountain, several old buildings witness the prosperity and decline of the Tang Dynasty. The mountain is dotted with several pavilions as well. When it is warm, the Everlasting Regret Show which enjoys a good reputation among the Chinese domestic audience is regularly on there as well.
The Shaanxi History Museum is a combination of the old cultural relics in Xi’an. The number and the types of the exhibits are considerable. Hundreds of ancient bronze wares, precious frescoes found in the tombs of the royal family in the Tang Dynasty, old terracotta, old pottery and porcelain, old building materials and much more will amaze you.
The terracotta warriors, horses and chariots at the Museum of the Terracotta Warriors and Horses of Qin Shihuang could shock you with its own charm and characters. All the exhibits there were created in the Qin Dynasty (221 BC – 207 BC). All of the exhibits have the similar sizes of the real human beings. It is suggested that you visit the museum in the early morning.
You could not only watch the largest water screen film at the Tang Paradise, but also can explore the buildings in the Tang style. In addition, the theme park features dancing and singing shows in the Tang style, the local opera – Shaanxi Opera, lion dancing, and other distinctive shows reflecting the Tang culture.
If you have strong interests in the classic Chinese calligraphy, you could visit the Forest of Stone Steles Museum during your Xi’an tour. Old precious stone steles with various schools of the Chinese calligraphy dating back to the Han Dynasty (202 BC – 8 AD and 25 AD – 220 AD) could be found there. Also, the stone sculptures of different beasts in ancient times are well-preserved at the museum.