Shaanxi is home to the emperor of Qin’s former dynasty, who unites much of China for first time. It’s actually one of the cradles for Chinese civilization.
This province has a lot of history. It is one of four great ancient capitals in China.
Terracotta Army, also known as Terracotta Warriors and Horses, is a large collection life-sized battle formations. They were built by Qin Shi Huang to guard his tomb and fight in the afterlife.
They date back to more than 2,200 years ago. However, they weren’t discovered until 1974 when some farmers accidentally found them. There are currently over 8,000 soldiers, 160 chariots and 600 horses.
A large part of these remains to be discovered and restored.
China is rich in history, and the temples are a large part of it. Daxingshan Louguantai and Xingjiao are my favorites.
Each of them features bold and beautiful colors as well as incredible Chinese architecture dating back from the Ming and Qing Dynasties.
Giant Wild Goose Pagoda
Although the name may seem a little funny, this ancient structure is a sacred place for Buddhists. This pagoda, located 2.5 miles from the town centre, is the most well-known in China.
Its unique structure is what makes it special. It was entirely built of bricks without any cement.
This is a perfect example of Chinese architecture. Make sure to stop by the music fountain while you’re there. It is the largest Asian structure and features a professional audio system and a lighting system.
Xi’an City Wall
The Xi’an Wall will impress. It is the longest intact city wall in China.
It is also the most important ancient military defense system in the world. It is a very long wall so it is best to view it from a bike.
It takes approximately 1.5 to 2 hours to complete the cycle around the wall. They also offer sightseeing battery cars for those who prefer to relax.
For a round trip, they cost CNY 80 ($11 US), while a more luxurious vehicle costs CNY 120 ($17.45).
This palace is unique. It was once a palace for Chinese dynastic rulers. Now it’s a natural hotspring.
It has been used for hot springs for over 6,000 years and royal gardens for more than 3,000 years. The water can be used for showers or baths. It also has great pain relief properties.
A large bath building can accommodate up to 400 people. You can also stroll through the many gardens.
Walking around the area, you will come across Nine Dragons Lake. The Song of Everlasting Sorrow is what makes this lake so special.
The live-action, historical show has 300 actors and a 700-meter LED screen. There is also an underwater stage. It’s comparable to Cirque de Soleil!
Great Mosque in Xi’an
Many mosques are dedicated to the Muslims, who played a significant role in unifying China. The Great Mosque of Xi’an, China’s oldest and largest mosque, is also the best preserved.
It is laid out in the style of a traditional Chinese temple. It consists of five courtyards each with a massive pavilion or gate.
Admission is CNY 25 (or $4 USD) from March through December. It’s CNY 25 ($4 USD) from March to December, and CNY 15 ($2 US). It is currently open from 8:00 AM to 7:59 PM.
The Drum Tower
The Drum Tower was initially used to indicate the time and sometimes as an emergency alarm. The tower was built in 1380 and is now home to musical performances and an exhibition of drum culture.
The government replaced the drum at the tower with a 1.5-ton drum. This made it China’s largest drum. It can be heard up to 5km away when it is struck.
The Bell Tower
The Bell Tower covers an area of 1,377 sq. meters and houses several large bronze-cast bells dating back to the Tang Dynasty. This famous structure is decorated with dark green tiles, blue and gold paintings, and touches on gold.
Six performances are held every day at the tower. Each performance lasts about 10-15 minutes. This is a show you don’t want to miss.
Personally, I recommend that you go at night when the Drum Tower and Bell Tower are both brightly lit and people are out for a walk.
Tang Paradise offers a unique opportunity to experience Chinese culture. There are many areas in the park that have different cultural themes.
The Cultural Area of Songs and Dances is one area. Another area is the Area of Food Culture and Area of Folk Culture. Area of Female Culture is another. Although I enjoyed my visit, some people feel this is a kind of “Disneyland”, for local culture.
Although everything is staged, the costumes and performances are very entertaining.
It would be a shame to miss out on the amazing cuisines of China. The main street for food is Muslim Street.
You’ll find roujiamo (marinated beef/lamb in a bun) and yangrou Paomo (pita bread soaked in lamb broth). It’s a paradise for meat lovers, so if you are vegetarian or vegan, this is a good place to start.
Foping National Nature Reserve
This reserve is also known as the Panda’s home. This is so cool! You must see Pandas when you visit China.
Seeing the endangered species of Chinese golden monkeys is becoming more common. These little monkeys are prized for their golden hair.
They look like they have wings when they leap from tree to tree with their long fur.
Mount Huashan, at 2154m high, is one of five sacred mountains in China. It is also one of the most terrifying and dangerous hikes in the entire world.
You will be climbing steep steps, as well as vertical ascents and planks. If you are afraid of heights, just looking at the pictures will make your stomach sink.
It’s a great experience for brave souls.
Cable cars are an option for those who don’t like hiking. It takes approximately 7 to 20 minutes depending on which ride you choose.
China’s “Mother River”, the Yellow River is considered the birthplace of ancient Chinese culture. It is also the home of Chinese Civilization. The Hukou Waterfall can be found on the Shaanxi side.
The waterfall is so powerful that you can feel its mist and strength even from far away!
Which one of these amazing sights should you add to your bucket list?