As an important site along ancient trading routes and capital to several bygone dynasties, Xian is adorned with impressive cultural wonders, long-ago architecture, and a host of world-famous attractions, making this city a must-visit on any tour in China.
Terra Cotta Army
At the mention of the great number of the local attractions, terracotta soldiers always come as the first. The great archeological excavation of Qin (221BC-206BC) Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses unfolded a strong army of altogether 7,000 life-size pottery soldiers, horses, chariots and weapons arranged in battle formations symbolically, guarding the tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huang. The grand Mausoleum of the first emperor of Qin and the warriors and horses buried in loess for over 2,000 years amaze every visitor there.
Mount Huashan, face one of the most dangerous mountains in China
Be prepared for adrenaline, heights, and sweat. Huashan mountain is not only one of the most beautiful places to visit in Xi’an, but it’s also one of the most challenging things to do in Xi’an. Climb Mt. Huashan is not easy, but it’s doable. A day trip to the mountain is a must and you will be swept away by the natural beauty of this place. One of the most dangerous mountains in China, Climb the Mt Hua is a must thing to do in Xi’an.
Adorned with a moat and the circular City Wall Park, the wall surrounds the square inner city. It is the most complete city wall to survive in the country, as well being one of the largest ancient military defensive systems in the world, built first in the early Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and renovated in recent years.
Learn Chinese calligraphy
Go on an artistic journey at the Tang Bo Art Museum and learn about Chinese painting and calligraphy. Appreciate ancient and modern art and try your talent in a hands-on workshop. This was one of my favorite things to do in Xi’an, so rich in culture, information, and great fun.When the “teacher” was presenting the symbols and the technique everything looked so easy, but once you hold the brush and you start writing the first Chinese words you realize how artistic the Chinese calligraphy is, and how difficult is to master it.
Overlooking a lush valley, the Qianling Mausoleum sits on a hilltop, 1049 meters above sea level. Several emperors and empresses are buried in this complex, which is decorated with statues and beautiful stone carvings. The Qianling Mausoleum lies about 85 kilometers outside Xian, making it a perfect day-trip destination.