Xian Tourist Attractions

Xi’an City Wall
Built in 1307 AD in the Ming dynasty period, the Xi’an City Wall is 13.74 km in circumference, 12 m tall and 15 m wide at the top and 18 m wide at the base. These remarkable dimensions make it the largest city wall in all of China. Each side of the wall has a main gate with a barbican entrance, a gate tower, embrasure watchtowers and suspension bridges. The wall is surrounded by a moat.

Tel: 0086­29­87289791
Website: http://www.xacitywall.com

Epang Palace
The legendary Epang Palace was built in 212 BC and its ruins were restored in 1995. The palace complex retains many of its original features: the Front Hall, Lanchi (Orchid Pond) Palace, Palace Halls of the Six States, Long Corridor, Lying Bridge, Pengshi Gate, Shangtian (Going to Heaven) Terrace, Jidi (Terrace for Presenting Sacrifices to the Earth) among other celebrated buildings.

Website: http://www.qinepanggong.com

Great Mosque
Built in 742 AD (the first year of the Tianbao period of Emperor Xuanzong of the Tang Dynasty), the 13,000 sq m mosque has four courtyards and a magnificent hall large enough for 1,000 devotees to perform ‘namaz’.

Website: http://www.xaqzds.com
Great Ci’en Temple and Greater Wild Goose Pagoda
Built in 648 AD (the 22nd year of the Zhenguan period of Emperor Taizong of the Tang Dynasty), the Great Ci’en Temple is of great historical value. Within the temple complex stands the Greater Wild Goose Pagoda, seven stories high. The pagoda houses the order tablets of Buddhism and gilded statues of Buddha among other relics.

Tel: 0086­29­85535014
Website: http://www.xiandayanta.com

Huaqing Pool
30 km east of Xi’an, at the southern foot of Lishan Mountain, flows the Weishui River. Its mountain waters form the Huaqing Pool, the hot spring rich in therapeutic minerals. 100 bathing pools energize the body and stimulate the senses.

Tel: 0086­29­83812003
Website: http://www.hqc.cn

Mausoleum of Emperor Qin Shihuang
Completed in 210 BC, the largest underground imperial mausoleum in human history, the Mausoleum of the first emperor of the Qin Dynasty, Qin Shihuang, lies at the northern foot of the Lishan Mountain. The four-layered mausoleum covers an expanse of 2.13 sq km, the size of an ancient city, with inner and outer walls and a palace at its center. It has given the world a vast treasury of jewels, handicrafts and statues cast in terracotta of horses and soldiers. In 1987, it was included in the World Heritage List by UNESCO.

Website: http://www.qinshihuangling.com

Tang Paradise
The first theme park in China to recreate the grandeur of the Tang Dynasty, Tang Paradise comprises the Purple Cloud Tower, the Elegant Lady Hall, the Imperial Banquet Hall, the Fanglin Garden, the Phoenix Theater, the Apricot Garden, the Lu Yu Teahouse and the Tang Marketplace. Every morning, each venue comes alive with a medley: sacrificial drum dances, imperial music and dances, costume shows, martial arts, the lion dance and acrobatics. In the evening, a film is projected on the water screen, the largest of its kind in the world. Of the all performances, the most famous is the musical ‘Back to the Tang Dynasty in a Dream’. It was once performed in Singapore where it won widespread critical acclaim.

Tel: 0086­29­85511888
Website: http://www.tangparadise.cn

North Square of the Greater Wild Goose Pagoda
The North Square of the Great Wild Goose Pagoda (218 m wide and 346 m long) is the largest music fountain square in Asia. The foundation of the square has an eight-stage pool, sprouting water in 22 shapes in rhythm with the music. The water column – called Water and Fire Fog – can reach heights up to 60 m, demonstrating China’s expertise in entertainment technology. The 60­m­wide and 20­m­high laser water screen has four fire sprouts that produce special effects in low temperatures. Add to this a powerful acoustic system and what you get is a spectacular fusion of music with light, water and color.

The North Square of Greater Wild Goose Pagoda comprises the fountain, garden landscapes, the culture corridor and facilities for commerce and trade. Don’t miss the Tang Poetic Garden Zone, the Faxiang Flower Bed Zone, the Chanxiu Forest Zone, the water landscapes and waterfalls.

Museum of Emperor Qin Shihuang’s Terracotta Warriors and Horses
Often called the eighth wonder in the world, the collection of terracotta statues (of warriors and horses in battle dress) has no historical equal anywhere in the world. The purpose of the terra cotta army was to protect the emperor in his afterlife. The lifelike figures, each with a different facial expression, are works of great artistic skill. The collection features in UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
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