Xian, China's ancient capital, boasts lots of tourist attractions. The following is a list of places to visit in Xian.
Ancient City Wall
Xian City Wall is one of the most complete city walls that have survived through China's long history. Built on Tang dynasty (618 – 907 AD) foundations, Xian City Wall dates to the Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644 AD). Standing on the wall, history is under your feet.
Banpo Village Remains
Banpo Village, inhabited long before the glories of the various empires that made Xi'an home, was discovered in 1953. The village is the earliest example of the Neolithic Yangshao culture that's renowned for its colorful ceramics.
Big Wild Goose Pagoda
The Big Wild Goose Pagoda is one of the famous Buddhist pagodas in China. It is situated in the Da Ci'en Temple, about four kilometers from the urban center. It is regarded by locals as a symbol of the city.
The Great Mosque is short walk from the Drum Tower and the Bell Tower at the center of town. The mosque, which is still an active place of worship and was established by the Tang Dynasty (618 – 907 AD) in 742 AD for Muslim traders from Central Asia who settled in Xi'an.
Shaanxi History Museum
As the largest comprehensive museum in the province, Shaanxi History Museum exhibits over 3,000 historical relics, ranging from 115,000-year-old prehistoric artifacts to items from the Opium Wars of the 1840's.
Terracotta Warriors and Horses
The Terracotta Warriors and Horses is only a part of the Qin emperor's tomb complex. They may have remained forgotten had it not been for the fortuitous discovery by local peasants drilling a well in 1974. What they found would excite the archeology world.