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  • 1 Terracotta Army Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    RC - Xi'an

    These thousands of life-size clay soldiers, either on foot or on horseback, their faces imbued with great solemnity, watch over the imperial necropolis of the first emperor of China, Qin Shi Huangdi, who ordered their production. The project took 700..

  • 2 Muslim Quarter of Xi'an Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rue Beiyuanmen RC - Xi'an

    The district occupied by the city's Chinese Muslims, who converted to Islam in the 7C, comprises a maze of heavily populated narrow streets lined by houses built from unfired bricks, where visitors have to negotiate a path past colourful shops, artis..

  • 3 Great Mosque, Xi'an Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Beiguangji Lu RC - Xi'an

    The original Great Mosque, erected in 742, was superseded by the current building, which only dates from 1374. At first glance, the Chinese architecture makes the mosque difficult to distinguish from a Buddhist temple, despite the fact that it is one..

  • 4 Museum of the Stele Forest Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    RC - Xi'an

    A temple dating from the 7C and comprising a series of pavilions and gardens is home to the Museum of the Stele Forest. The influence of Confucius (551-479 BC) is still highly evident in this site which was once devoted to him and which now houses 2 ..

  • 5 Imperial Walls Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    RC - Xi'an

    Xi'an is one of the last Chinese cities to have completely preserved its ramparts. 14km in length, they are punctuated by four main gateways recognisable by their monumental towers, and ten secondary gates, five of which are located along the souther..

  • 6 Temple of the Eight Immortals Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    RC - Xi'an

    A Taoist place of worship since the 10C, the date of its construction under the Song dynasty, the Temple of the Eight Immortals was extended in the 12C and 13C, and again under the Ming in the 17C. Elegant calligraphies cover the walls of the first p..

  • 7 Big Wild Goose Pagoda Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Yanta Lu RC - Xi'an

    This pagoda, built in the 7C, honours the Buddhist monk Xuan Zang, who, at the end of a long journey via the Silk Road brought the first sacred scripts from India to China. The pagoda housed the 1 335 volumes of translated texts that he drafted himse..

  • 8 Shaanxi History Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Xiaozhai Dong Lu RC - Xi'an

    This comprehensive and highly informative museum showcases the history of the Shaanxi province from prehistoric times to the 19C, with the visit ending with an insight into the Qing dynasty. The most remarkable exhibits on display come from two sites..

  • 9 Xingqing Park Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    Xianning Lu RC - Xi'an

    Xi'an is a sufficiently polluted and dusty city that a stroll in a park comes as welcome respite, so if you want to escape the noise and traffic, head for the Xingqing Park. Laid out in 1958 and covering 53ha, it is home to a large lake, an aviary an..

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