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Things to do in Xi'an

Best attractions to visit in Xi'an

1. Terracota Army - Xi'an

Terracota Army

The famed Terra Cotta army of Emperor Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of China, is a long studied and much popularized monument. The army was built to accompany him in the afterlife. The statues might be almost completely colorless today, but there are patches that hint painted clothes and features. The army constitutes soldiers horse, chariots, and even generals. Further excavations have revealed officials, acrobats, and musicians. The site is definitely an interesting tourist destination.

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2. Giant Wild Goose Pagoda - Xi'an

Giant Wild Goose Pagoda

This Buddhist Pagoda was built in 652 and originally had five stories. The site was further built on by succeeding dynasties and emperors. The main structure stood 10 stories tall until an earthquake reduced it to the current 7 stories we see today, standing 64.5m tall. The building holds figurines of the Buddha. The Daci’en temple was also built to commemorate the death of a queen. The site has many squares and gardens around the temple.

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3. Fortifications of Xi'an - Xi'an

Fortifications of Xi'an

Known as the Xi’an City wall, an ancient capital of China. This impressive construction has been refurbished and renovated quite a few times since it was built in the 14th century. The wall is 25 KM in length, while the area within the wall is 36 square KM. The wall was built by the first emperor of the Ming dynasty who heeded the advice of a hermit to begin fortifications. It is the most complete wall that has survived in China.

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4. Drum Tower of Xi'an - Xi'an

Drum Tower of Xi'an

The drum tower of Xi’an was erected during the Ming Dynasty. The monument stands close to Bell tower and are sister buildings, part of the same site. The drums were used to signal time and to sound the alarm in emergencies. In modern times the site features a few attractions: the biggest drum in China is housed in the tower and holds frequent musical performances themed on ancient Chinese culture. Do enjoy this symbol of the city.

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5. Bell Tower of Xi-'an - Xi'an

Bell Tower of Xi-'an

The Bell Tower of Xi’an along with the Drum Tower of Xi’an are referred to together as the ‘morning bell and dark drum’. They were built in the 14th century by the Ming dynasty. It is a symbol of the city and one of the most awe-inspiring in China. The Bell tower houses a number of bronze bells, which are quite large. The tower is built of brick and timber and approximately 40 meters high.

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6. Small Wild Goose Pagoda - Xi'an

Small Wild Goose Pagoda

THe Small Wild Goose Pagoda is one of 2 notable pagodas in Xi’an. The Pagoda has a brick frame built around a hollow interior, it was built originally built with blue bricks. The pagoda stands across the street from the Dajianfu temple, which was built before it. Pilgrims brought sacred Buddhist writing to it in its heyday. The pagoda has an exceptional architecture, reminiscent of the designs of the era. The pagoda holds a morning bell chime for visitors to attend.

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7. Famen Temple - Xi'an

Famen Temple

The Famen Temple, located in Famen of Fufeng county, 120 km from Xi’an. It is consider by some as the forerunner of the Ziggurat in central Shaanxi. The temple complex is nearing completion and will be a cultural heritage site second only to the Terra cotta army in Shaanxi. The temple was either built during the Han dynasty or the Northen Zhou dynasty. The temple is a great symbol of Buddhism and is renowned for storing the finger bone of the Sakyamuni Buddha.

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8. Beilin Bowuguan - Xi'an

Beilin Bowuguan

The Beilin Bowuguan is a museum also known as Stele forest museum. It was built in the 11th century to store stonework sculptures. The museum displays stone tablets and sculptures. The museum has not been built keep foreign guests in mind and thus is a little difficult to fully appreciate. One prominent display of the museum is a work known as The Thirteen Classics. Another exhibition features calligraphy of the Tang Dynasty. Also displayed are works dated to the Han and Song dynasty.

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9. Xi'an Museum - Xi'an

Xi'an Museum

The Xi’an Museam is located southwest of the Jianfu temple. It is a large museum, that opened only recently to the public. The museum holds relics of the Zhou, Qin, Han and Tang dynasties. These artifacts reflect the technological prowess of the individual dynasties. Exhibits show the history, economy and social life of Xi’an as well as Buddhist statues and Jades. The museum is a recent erection but follows the traditional Chinese concept of the universe. International guests can certainly fully appreciate its splendor.

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10. Xingjiao Temple - Xi'an

Xingjiao Temple

The Xingjiao temple might be unfamiliar to foreign visitors but it is a historically important site. It features the Dagobas of Xuanzang and two smaller ones of his disciples. The site is an ancestral ground to the Ci’en sect, the founder to it being Master Xuangzang. The site has only recently been named part of the world heritage list. The temple is located southeast of Xi’an and is still home to Buddhist followers and those who adore Master Xuanzang.

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