Top things to do in Xi'an
Visiting Xi'an, the most famous and historic city in China could be a great destination to travel. It was one of China’s Four Great Ancient Capitals, it is also the home of the Terracotta Warriors. Undoubtedly it is one of China's major attractions. Almost everyone comes and visits Xi'an only for one reason - The Terracotta Warriors. However there are many other fascinating things to do in Xi'an: like hiking to Hua Shan, cycling along The City Wall, eating in the Muslim Street, etc. These interesting activities will help you know to understand the legendary city well. Anyone shouldn't miss the opportunity to explore the ancient China and must visit Xi'an!
No. 1 The City Wall - Located in the downtown area, this tourist site is easily accessible. As the largest city wall in the world, the Xi'an city wall is 12 m (39 ft) high, 18 m (59 ft) wide the bottom, 15 m wide on the top, 14 km (9 mi) long. The work to build the city wall was started in 1374 and finished in 1378. It was used for military defense purpose. The best way to visit the city wall is by cycling. You can rent a bike from any of the shops at the South or East gate. The wall is lit up at night and makes a gorgeous view.
No. 2 Hua Shan - Known as Western Great Mountain, Hua Shan is one of China's Five Great Mountains. It's about 120 km (74 mi) east of Xi'an city. Hua Shan is especially preferred by many western adventurers because of its challenging steep paths. Hua Shan is also famous for it's religious significance. Most Chinese know this place by a novel - 'The Condor Heroes' written by Jin Yong (a very famous Chinese Kung fu novel Writer).
No. 3 Big Goose Pagoda - It is one of the most popular scenic spots in Xi'an and also acknowledged as the landmark of the ancient capital Xi'an. The Big Goose Pagoda is 64 m (211 ft) high and has seven stories. It is famous and important for the Buddhist people. There's a story that tells the pagoda was built by Xuan Zang to hold sutras and figurines of the Buddha that he brought to China from India. But until now, nobody knows where the treasures are hidden.
No. 4 Huaqing Hot Springs - Just 5 km (3 mi) east of the Terracotta Warriors and Horse Museum, Huaqing Hot Spring is a must-see attraction. It was the former resort of the Emperors and their concubines. According to the historical documents, it has a long history more than 3000 years. As the royal garden, Huaqing Hot Spring was well-designed in regards to Chinese culture. Situated at the foot of Li Shan, Huaqing Hot Spring is both famous for its beautiful landscape and romantic love story Emperor Xuanzong (685-762) and his concubine Yang Guifei.
No. 5 Muslim Street - The perfect place to get a glimpse of Xi'an's lifestyle and culture, the most important thing is you can taste all kinds of Xi'an's snacks. This why you must visit Xi'an to try all these delicacies. Almost all the shops and restaurants are operated by Muslims. Among the great variety of local snacks, Yang Rou Pao Mo (crumbled unleavened bread soaked in mutton stew), Rou Jia Mo (Shaanxi sandwich) and Cold Rice Noodles are the most popular ones.