Xian Attractions:
Sightseeing in Xian

Attractions in Xian City

Xian Bell Tower Bell Tower (钟楼)
Standing in the center of Xian’s walled city, in the middle of the intersection between North, South, East and West streets, is the imperial, imposing Bell Tower… (Read More…)
Admission: ¥30. Open: 8:30-18:00 (until 21:30 in summer).
Directions: At the intersection of North, South, East and West streets.


Xian Drum TowerDrum Tower (鼓楼)
Just west of the Bell Tower stands the slightly smaller and slightly older Drum Tower. The Drum Tower was first built in Xian in 1380… (Read More…)
Admission: ¥30. Open: 8:30-18:00 (until 21:30 in summer).
Directions: The Drum Tower is on Xi Dajie (West Street), about 100 meters west of the Bell Tower.


Xian Muslim QuarterThe Muslim Quarter (回民街)
Stretching north and west from the Drum Tower, the streets of the Muslim Quarter are great for shopping, eating and experiencing. The inhabitants of this area are the descendants… (Read More…)
Directions: The largest street of the Muslim quarter extends north from the Drum Tower, while numerous alleys weave off this street to the west.


Great MosqueThe Great Mosque (大清真寺)
One of the highlights of Xian, this is probably the most interesting mosque you will find anywhere in China. Chinese mosques are very different from their Middle Eastern counterparts… (Read More…)
Admission: ¥25. Open: 8:00-18:00.
Directions: Head north from the Drum Tower along Muslim Street.


Xian City WallsXian City Walls
The Xian City Walls are the best-preserved and largest city walls in China and one of the largest in the world. The walls were built by the orders of Emperor Hongwu (1368-1398), the first emperor of the Ming Dynasty… (Read More…)
Admission: ¥40. Open: 8:00-18:00.
Directions: The best entrance is at the inner side of the South Gate.


Beilin MuseumBeilin Museum (Confucius Temple) (西安碑林)
While its historical value is undeniable, the Forest of Steles (Beilin) Museum might be a little dull for most foreigners. The museum is housed in a former Confucian Temple… (Read More…)
Admission: ¥45. Open: 8:00-18:00.
Directions: Just west off Baishulin Lu, where it meets the south city wall.


Big Goose PagodaBig Goose Pagoda (大雁塔)
The Big Goose Pagoda stands in the grounds of Da Ci’En (Great Maternal Grace) Temple. The Temple was commissioned by Tang Dynasty Emperor Gaozong in 648, to honor his late mother… (Read More…)
Admission: ¥25 (another ¥30 to climb the pagoda). Open: 8:00-18:00.
Directions: Take Bus #701 from the South Gate or a taxi.


Shaanxi History MuseumShaanxi History Museum (陕西历史博物馆)
This wonderful museum is a must-visit while in Xian. In fact, if you only visit one museum while in China, it might as well be this one. All 375 000 artifacts in the museum’s collection were unearthed in the province of Shaanxi… (Read More…)
Admission: ¥35. Open: 9:00-18:00.
Directions: Take Bus #701 from the South Gate or a taxi.


Attractions Outside Xian

Terracotta WarriorsMuseum of the Qin Terracotta Warriors and Horses (兵马俑)
One of China’s most famous attractions, the Terracotta Warriors require little introduction. All that needs to be said is that they have to be seen. As a background: the Terracotta Warriors… (Read More…)
Admission: ¥90 (¥45 for students). Open: 8:30-17:00.
Directions: Take Bus #306 from in front of the train station.


Mausoleum of Qin Shi Huang (秦始皇陵)
While the Terracotta Warriors guard his corpse from 1.5km away, this is the site where the Qin Dynasty Emperor Shi Huang is actually buried… (Read More…)
Admission: ¥40. Open: 7:30-18:00.
Directions: Bus 306 from the train station stops here on its way to the Terracotta Warriors (you can also stop off here on the reverse trip). The bus fare is ¥7.


Huaqing PoolHuaqing Pool (华清池)
A resort of the emperors for apparently three thousand years, the Huaqing Pool is usually bundled together with the Terracotta Warriors on tours. If you’re in a rush it’s probably best to avoid it… (Read More…)
Admission: ¥70. Open: 9:00-18:00.
Directions: Take Bus #306 from in front of the train station.