Xi’an may become an unexpected highlight of your trip to China, and a great lesson of Chinese culture and history. You may have known Xi’an is the home to the Terracotta Warriors, one of the world’s most significant UNESCO Heritage Site, but don’t mistakenly think that Terracotta Warriors is all the ancient city has to offer and sightseeing in Xian is all about museums and historical sites. Actually X’an is full of adventure, adrenaline, and fun. From museums to mountains, temples to street food, Xi’an has something for everyone.

Brief Xian Travel Guide:

Xian Sightseeing Map and Places to Go

Xian is packed with culture and history. Most of the things to do in Xian are about exploring the magnificent history and culture of the city (of China as well). Don’t worry that it may be boring because you can explore and feel the Xian’s culture and culture in many interesting ways, such as making your own terracotta warriors with clays after visiting the real Terracotta Warrior Museum, biking on the top of the Ancient City Wall, learning Chinese calligraphy in Tangbo Art Museum, dressing like ancient Chinese emperors, etc. Generally speaking, the Terracotta Warriors, Ancient City Wall, Muslim Quarter, Bell Tower, Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, Shaanxi History Museum are 6 places you can never miss out no matter you have 2 day, 3 days or 4 days in Xian. If you like adventure, Mount Huashan is a MUST either. It is only about 40mins’ train ride from Xian. To visit above 7 places all together, you need at least 3 full days. If time allows, you can add several smaller attractions into your itinerary, such as Hangyangling, Huaqing Pool, Tang Paradise Park, etc.


Xian Tourist Google Map

Xian Sightseeing

Terracotta Warriors(兵马俑)

The Terracotta Warriors famed as the “Eighth Wonder of the World” is the best highlight in Xian. This terracotta army was buried intending to protect the afterlife of China’s first feudal King.

• Opening Hours: 8:30 - 18:00
• Ticket: CNY 120
• Address: Qinling North Road, Lintong District, Xi'an 西安市临潼区秦岭北路
• Recommended visit time: 2hrs

Xian Sightseeing

Mount Huashan(华山)

Though Mount Huashan is not exactly in Xian city, they are only 2 hours’ drive away. It is famous for having the most thrilling hiking trail in China - the famous Plank Road in the Skye.

• Opening Hours: 07:00-19:00
• Ticket: CNY 160
• Address: Huashan Town, Huayin City, Shaanxi Province 陕西省华阴市华山
• Recommended visit time: 1~2 days

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Ancient City Wall(古城墙)

The best preserved ancient city wall in China. Walking or biking around the wall is awe inspiring with interesting and different views of the old and new parts of Xian.

• Opening Hours: 8:00 – 22:00
• Ticket: CNY 54
• Address: Zhongxin District, Xi'an, China 陕西省西安市中心区
• Recommended visit time: 1~1.5hrs

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Giant Wild Goose Pagoda(大雁塔)

Giant Wild Goose Pagoda is the bright pearl on the Silk Road with excellent architectural beauty, precious Buddhist relics, rich religious culture, stories of the famous ancient monk - Xuan Zang, etc.

• Opening Hours: 8:00-18:00
• Ticket: CNY 50
• Address: Da Ci’en Temple, Yanta District, Xi’an 西安市雁塔区大慈恩寺内
• Recommended visit time: 1hr

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Muslim Quarter(回民街)

The Muslim Quarter featuring in rich Islamic culture has a large number of tasteful snacks along its several streets, such as Rou Jia Mo, Pita Bread Soaked in Lamb Soup, and Soup Dumplings.

• Opening Hours: All day
• Ticket: Free
• Address: #125 Beiyuanmen, Lianhu District, Xian 西安市莲湖区北院门125号
• Recommended visit time: 1.5hrs

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Bell Tower(钟楼)

"Great outside and interesting objects inside". That's the impression of the tourists who have visited Bell Tower. As the biggest and best-preserved bell tower, it is one of the symbols of Xian city.

• Opening Hours: 08:00 ~ 22:00
• Ticket: CNY 30
• Address: Zhonglou Shangquan, Beilin District, Xian 西安市碑林区钟楼商区
• Recommended visit time: 0.5hr

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Shaanxi History Museum(陕西历史博物馆)

Shaanxi History Museum is the “Bright Pearl in Ancient Capital and Precious Treasure of China” because it is an art palace that fully shows Shaanxi history, culture, and Chinese ancient civilization.

• Opening Hours: 8:30 - 18:00
• Ticket: Free for Most Exhibition Halls
• Address: No.91 Xiaozhai East Road, Yanta District 雁塔区小寨东路91号
• Recommended visit time: 2hrs

Xian Sightseeing

Longmen Grottoes(龙门石窟)

Longmen Grottoes is only 1.5hrs' train journey from Xian. This UNESCO World Heritage Site has impressive Buddhist art carved in grottoes. Definitely worth visit if you like cultural stuff.

• Opening Hours: 7:00~18:30
• Ticket: CNY 120
• Address: Longmen Town, 12km from Luoyang City 洛阳市洛龙区龙门镇
• Recommended visit time: 2hrs

Xian Sightseeing Itinerary Plans

3~4 days are the most recommended trip length for a Xian Itinerary, which allows you to sweep all the highlights in and around Xian. At the same time, you don’t have to struggle to make every minute of your time count. If you only have 2 days or even 1 day to stay in Xian, don’t despair! You still have chance to get the essence of Xian if you plan your itinerary well.

Xian Sightseeing

How to Spend 1 Day in Xian

The Terracotta Warriors famed as the “Eighth Wonder of the World” is the best highlight in Xian. This terracotta army was buried intending to protect the afterlife of China’s first feudal King.

Xian Sightseeing

How to Spend 2 Days in Xian

Though Mount Huashan is not exactly in Xian city, they are only 2 hours’ drive away. It is famous for having the most thrilling hiking trail in China - the famous Plank Road in the Skye.

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How to Spend 3 Days in Xian

"Great outside and interesting objects inside". That's the impression of the tourists who have visited Bell Tower. It is located as the very center of Xian, close to Muslim Quarter and Ancient City Wall.

Xian Sightseeing

How to Spend 4 Days in Xian

Giant Wild Goose Pagoda is the bright pearl on the Silk Road with excellent architectural beauty, precious Buddhist relics, rich religious culture, stories of the famous ancient monk - Xuan Zang, etc.

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