If you are planning a Xian tour package, the following attractions should not be missed.
1. Terracotta Army
The Terracotta Army, also called the Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses, is a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huangdi (the first emperor of China).
The museum consists of three huge pits, as well as the hall of the two bronze chariots and horses. Covering an area of 22,780 square meters, over 8,000 terra cotta soldiers and horses, and over 10,000 bronze weapons, were discovered across the three different pits. The museum is a treasure trove of the Qing Dynasty's military, science and technology, art and culture. It has been listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Admission: 150 yuan (high season)
120 yuan (low season)
Best time to visit: all year round
2. Mount Hua
Located in Huayin City, about 120 kilometres east of the city of Xi'an, Mount Hua, one of China's Five Great Mountains, is holy ground for Taoism. It features over 20 Taoist temples, of which the Jade Spring and Zhenyue Palaces are the most famous. It has five peaks, east, west, south, north and central, of which the highest is the South Peak at 2154.9m. Aside from these elements, it is also one of the nine best places to see the sun rise in China. Chaoyang Peak is the best place to watch the sunrise.
Admission: 180 yuan (high season)
100 yuan (low season)
Best time to visit: Spring and autumn
3. Big Wild Goose Pagoda
The pagoda is located in the southern part of present day Xi'an, Shaanxi Province, in what used to be Chang'an City during the Tang Dynasty. The formal name of the pagoda is Ci'en Temple Pagoda, but since the temple disappeared long ago, the pagoda is known by its other name.
The Big Wild Goose Pagoda was first built in 652 in the Tang Dynasty by Xuanzang, a prominent Buddhist scholar of that time. The pagoda collapsed not long after it was built. It was rebuilt between 701 and 704 on the orders of Empress Wu Zetian.
The pagoda tapers sharply from the first storey up, giving the entire structure the shape of a pyramid and ensuring it stands firm. The wooden steps and flooring inside allow people to go up all the way to the top and enjoy the splendid views Xi'an has to offer.
Admission: Ci'en Temple 25 yuan; climbing the pagoda 20 yuan;
If you are stuck for idea where to go after visiting Xian, you can consider Yangtze River tours.
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