Xi’an, one of China’s oldest cities, is a treasure trove of history and culture.  In fact it’s also the starting point of the Silk Road and home to the famous Terracotta Army.   Therefore, the Xi’an China tourist attractions offer plenty that captivate visitors from around the globe.  Here are some must-see tourist attractions in Xi’an, China.

The Terracotta Army – Archaeological Sites in Xi’an

The Terracotta Army - Archaeological Sites in Xi'an

The Terracotta Army is one of Xi’an’s most iconic attractions.  Discovered in 1974, this archaeological marvel features thousands of life-sized terracotta soldiers.  In addition, horses and chariots  which were buried with China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang.  Each figure is unique, showcasing the incredible craftsmanship of ancient Chinese artisans.  Furthermore, in the movie, The Mummy 3, the Terracotta Army famously come to life.

The Ancient City Wall – Historical Landmarks in Xi’an

The Ancient City Wall - Historical Landmarks in Xi'an, Bell Tower of Xi'an, China

Xi’an’s Ancient City Wall is the most well-preserved city wall in China and offers a unique glimpse into the past.  Visitors can walk or bike along the top of the wall.  Consequently, enjoying panoramic views of the city.  At night, the wall is especially beautiful when illuminated.  Lastly, why not explore by walking tours in Xi’an?

The Big Wild Goose Pagoda – Xi’an China Tourist Attractions

The Big Wild Goose Pagoda

The Big Wild Goose Pagoda was built in 652 AD.  Moreover, it’s a significant Buddhist site in Xi’an.  This seven-story pagoda was originally constructed to house sacred scriptures brought back from India by the famous monk Xuanzang.  Additionally, the surrounding Da Ci’en Temple and beautiful gardens add to the tranquility of this historical site.

The Muslim Quarter – Great Mosque of Xi’an

The Muslim Quarter - Great Mosque of Xi'an

Xi’an’s Muslim Quarter is a vibrant neighborhood known for its rich cultural heritage and delicious street food.  What’s more, the narrow streets are lined with stalls selling everything from savory kebabs to sweet pastries.  For this reason, enjoy the street food in Xi’an here.  The Great Mosque, one of China’s oldest and most famous mosques, is also located here.

Shaanxi History Museum – Tang Dynasty Artifacts

Shaanxi History Museum - Tang Dynasty Artifacts

The Shaanxi History Museum is a must-visit for history enthusiasts.  This comprehensive museum houses a vast collection of artifacts spanning thousands of years, from prehistoric times to the Qing Dynasty.  Highlights include ancient pottery, bronze wares, and murals from the Tang Dynasty.

Huaqing Palace – Hot Springs in Xi’an

Huaqing Palace - Hot Springs in Xi'an

Located at the foot of Lishan Mountain, Huaqing Palace is known for its hot springs and beautiful scenery.  This historical site was a favorite retreat for many Chinese emperors.  In fact, the palace’s elegant gardens, pavilions, and the famous Nine-Dragon Lake make it a serene getaway from the city’s hustle and bustle.

Mount Huashan – Hiking in Xi’an

Mount Huashan, Xi'an China tourist attractions

For adventure seekers, a trip to Mount Huashan is a must.  Known as one of China’s Five Great Mountains, Huashan offers challenging hiking trails and breathtaking views.  However, the mountain’s famous plank walk is not for the faint-hearted but provides an unforgettable experience.

Enjoy Visiting the Xi’an China Tourist Attractions

Terracotta Army, Xi'an China tourist attractions

Xi’an is a city where ancient history meets modern vibrancy.  From exploring the awe-inspiring Terracotta Army to strolling through the bustling Muslim Quarter.  There is something for every traveler in this historic city.   Plan your visit to Xi’an and immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of China.

How to Travel From Xi’an to Kunming by Train

Overnight Train to Kunming

For me, I’m still on the journey from London to Jakarta.  For this reason, I’ll take the train from Xi’an to Kunming in the south of China.  In fact, it’s an overnight train (36 hours).  In Xi’an it’s easiest to buy your train ticket in a hotel for a small service fee.  This will save you traveling to the train station to buy your ticket which is difficult with the language barrier.  Moreover, it’s much easier to speak English with someone in a hotel close by who’ll have the ticket delivered to you.

One cultural difference you’ll notice about the Chinese is that they are excessively clearing their throats and spitting into bags.  As a result, you’ll have to get used to this on the long journey south!  Take it as cultural etiquette!

Kunming to Luang Prabang

A visit to the points of interest of Xi'an including the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor, (UNESCO World Heritage Site), The Terracotta Army, Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, Fortifications of Xi'an (City Walls), Bell Tower of Xi'an, Drum Tower of Xi'an and Lishan National Forest Park before taking the train to Kunming