Shaanxi History Museum

This wonderful museum is a must-visit while in Xian. In fact, if you only visit one museum while in China, it might as Shaanxi History Museumwell be this one. All 375 000 artifacts in the museum’s collection were unearthed in the province of Shaanxi, and given that Xian was China’s capital for over a millennium, much of China’s history is also found here. Exhibits are arranged in chronological order with the first relics, including an early-human skull, more than one million years old. From then on the Shaanxi History Museum presents an endless barrage of fascinating items including weapons, utensils, carvings, religious relics, burial objects, pottery, gold and silver ornaments and even a few terracotta warriors. The focus of the museum is on the Tang Dynasty (618-907), which was the glory period of Xian. The museum itself was opened in 1991 and the buildings were designed in Tang Dynasty style. With good descriptions of the artifacts in English, the Shaanxi History Museum is highly recommended.

Admission: ¥35. Open: 9:00-18:00.

Address: 91 Xiaozhai Dong Lu. Tel: +86 (029) 8521 9422. Website: www.sxhm.com

Directions: Located a good way south of the City Walls, it’s easiest to reach the Shaanxi History Museum by taxi. Alternatively, you can take Bus #5 from the train station or Bus #701 from the South Gate to get there. The Shaanxi History Museum is about 10 minutes walk north-west of the Big Goose Pagoda. It’s best to combine a visit to one with the other.

Show the taxi driver: 请带我去陕西历史博物馆,谢谢。地址:小寨东路91号。 (Please take me to the Shaanxi History Museum. Thank you.)