Things to Do in Xian

As the ancient capital city for 13 dynasties in China's history, you never have to worry about finding no things to do in Xian. During the past thousands years' history, ancient Chinese created so many historical and cultural wonders, such as the Terracotta Warriors, Ancient City Wall, etc. Wandering in this ancient city, you fell as you are tracing back a history book of China. While around the Xian City, there are also some pleasant natural views, for example the Mount Huato give you more surprise about this historic city.

Our travel experts have listed out the best things to do here to help you design a memorable Xian tour.

Xian Attraction Map

Terra-Cotta Warriors

No. 1: Terra-Cotta Warriors

Type: History Museums, Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites

Recommended Length of Visit: 3 hours

The Terra-Cotta Warriors and Horses is famed as the “Eighth Wonder of the World” which is the best highlight during your Xian tour. It was a funerary project of China first imperial King-Qin Shi Huang whose purpose was to protect his afterlife. Qin Shi Huang commanded craftsmen to start to build his mausoleum in 246 BC soon after Empero r Qin ascended the throne (then aged 13) according to historian Sima Qian (145–90 BC). And the Terra-Cotta Warrior was a part of the mausoleums project.

Xian Ancient City Wall

No. 2: Xian Ancient City Wall

Type: Culture & History, Ancient Building

Recommended Length of Visit: 2 hours

Xian Ancient City Wall is located in the central area of Xian city. It was built when Zhu Yuanzhang started to rule China. Although having experienced more than 600 years, the Ancient City Wall has been preserved well. Xian Ancient City Wall is the most famous one which has a length of 13.74km with an average height of 12m, width of 18m. Along the city wall, there are four huge gates: Changle Gate (east), An Ding Gate (west), Yong Ning Gate (south) and An Yuan Gate (north). Cycling on the city wall is one of the most popular activities.

Big Wild Goose Pagoda

No. 3: Giant Wild Goose Pagoda

Type: Culture & History, Ancient Building, Buddhism

Recommended Length of Visit: 2 hours

"You have never visited Xian without a visit to the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda". That's how a local saying goes. For hundreds years, this great pagoda has always been the symbol of Xian. Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta in Chinese) is famous for the great traveler Xuanzang of Tang Dynasty who traveled from China to India to learn the Buddhism and got back to China with many precious Buddhist scriptures. To place these scriptures, Xuan built the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, and then translated and taught Buddhism here. By the north side of the pagoda, it is the largest music fountain in Asia for you to admire the fabulous lights and fountain show.

Muslim Quarter Xian

No. 4: Muslim Quarter

Type: Snack Street, Religious Site, Cultural Street

Recommended Length of Visit: 2-3 hours

Want to find the most delicious food of Xian? The Muslim Quarter featured with rich Islamic culture has a numerous number of tasteful snacks along its several streets, such as Pita Bread Soaked in Lamb Soup, Soup Dumplings, and so on. Therefore, you can both please your taste bud and experience the hospitality of local Islamic residents who are the descendants of people from the ancient Arab, Persia, etc. Moreover, since the buildings of Qing and Ming dynasty styles are dotted there with special fancy mosques, it is a great opportunity to appreciate the elegant artistic works and know more about the local culture.

Bell Tower

No. 5: Bell Tower

Type: Culture & History, Ancient Building

Recommended Length of Visit: 1 hours

"Great outside and interesting objects inside". That's the impression the tourists who visited Bell Tower had. Xian Bell Tower is one of the symbols of Xian city. It was built on the purpose of alerting some important thing happening, such as attacking. Among all the bell buildings in China, the Xian Bell Tower is the biggest and best-preserved bell tower. A visit to the Bell Tower is strongly recommended to be taken at night, which you can have a florid view from outside. From inside of the Bell Tower, you can have a panoramic view of the whole Xian City. If you are lucky, you would come across an interesting show in the Bell Tower.

Great Mosque

No. 6: Great Mosque

Type: Culture & History, Muslim

Recommended Length of Visit: 1-2 hours

The Great Mosque is a very special place to go in Xian where you can learn much about Chinese architecture and Muslim culture and history in China. It was located in the heart of the old Muslim Quarter, near to the Drum Tower. Unlike other mosques in the world especially in Arab, the Great Mosque of Xian is a group of buildings, including storeys, towers, pavilions, palaces, etc. Although with a Chinese style decoration outside, while inside, the Great Mosque is totally a world of Muslim. There are many Muslim scriptures collection here. And there are often some Muslim festivals and activities held here. On every Friday, there is a "Great Salah" in the Great Mosque. If you want to feel the multi-culture in China, don’t miss it.

Shaanxi History Museum

No. 7: Shaanxi History Museum

Type: History Museum

Recommended Length of Visit: Half a day

With a total area of 65,000 square meters and 8,000 square meters of cultural relics’ zone, Shaanxi History Museum, is the first large-scale modern national museum in China. People called Shaanxi History Museum “Bright Pearl in Ancient Capital and Precious Treasure of China”, for it is an art palace fully showing Shaanxi history & culture as well as Chinese ancient civilization. In 2008, it was awarded as National First Level Museum. With large quantities, complete types, high grade and high value, the collections in Shaanxi History Museum range from the stone-made tools in ancient times to different implements in 1,840 years ago - over 1 million years period.

Recommended Xian Tours

Top 3 Xian tours chosen by most customers to explore Xian in the best way. Check the detailed itinerary, or tailor your own trip now with us.

Welcome to Xian - Bell Tower
2 Days Xian City Break (Hotel Pickup)


Shanxi Provincial Museum
3 Days Classic Xian Tour (Flight/Train Pickup)


Xian train
6 Days Classic Beijing Xian High-speed Train Tour

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