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Due to its significant importance in the Asian culture and history, Xi'an has become a world-wide popular tourist destination. With so much history "pulsing", it's no surprise that there is so much to see.
Among the city's top tourist attractions, there are:
The Terracotta Warriors Army
It is one of China's most popular tourist attractions. It contains thousands of life-size models represent the army that triumphed over all other Chinese armies and who were the decisive factor in forming a united China. The army has been underground for more than 2000 years, until it was discovered in 1974, by a farmer.
It is situated about 12 miles from the city and contains an underground exhibition hall and an above-ground museum with many other interesting exhibitions. Visitors can even watch or participate in the archeological digs happening, if arrangements are made.
Ancient City Wall
The city itself in arranged along the city wall, therefore this historical landmark will be the first thing visitors will see when sightseeing in Xi'an, whether planned or not.
It is the largest and one of the most important Islamic places of worship in China. It is an ancient architectural complex, representative of many periods of time, dating since 742 AD, additions to its construction being brought throughout time, during the Song (960-1279), Yuan (1271-1638), Ming (1368-1644), and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties.
Forest of Stele Museum
The museum covers an area of not less than 31 000 square meters and it is divided into 7 major exhibit halls, mainly containing exhibits of ancient calligraphy, historical records and stone carvings. The museum can be found at 15 Sanxue (Three School) Street, near the south gate of the City Wall.
It is a symbol of Xi'an. It dates since 1348, its construction being made toward the end of the Yuan Dynasty, and was moved to the present location in 1552, during the Ming Dynasty. The best time to take pictures is at night, when the tower is beautifully lighted.
Huaqing Hot Springs
It has been a popular relaxation spot for hundreds of years, many emperors choosing it for its scenic beauty. Huaqing Hot Spring is located about 35 kilometers east of the city of Xi'an, at the foot of Li Mountain.
The museum features a collection that contains 10,000 artifacts that date from the Stone Age until modern times. It has 3 large exhibition rooms with artifacts that are 2,000 to 3,000 year old. A visit to this popular attraction is a great and interesting way to learn more about the city's history and culture.
Other attractions in the city of equal importance are also: Mausoleum of Qinshihuang, honoring the first emperor in China's history, Hukou Waterfall, the second largest waterfall in China, situated at a distance of about 400 km from the city, Huashan Mountain, which boasts lots of Taoist temples, pavilions, and engraved scriptures, Small Wild Goose Pagoda, one of the two famous and important Buddhist pagodas erected in the Tang Dynasty about 1300 years ago, and Big Wild Goose Pagoda, one of the most famous Buddhist pagodas in China.
Xi'an is served by Xi'an Xianyang International Airport, which is located about 31 miles northwest of the Bell Tower.
Flights are available to all major Chinese cities, and there are direct international flights between Xi'an and Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. Travelers from Europe, America and other countries can get to Xi'an through stops in Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong or Macau.
Travelers can also reach the city by rail or bus.
Xian Railway Station is the major link for trains going west and east. The station can be found at the north side of the town.
Xi'an is a major highway hub second only to Beijing. Among the most important bus stations in the city, there are: Shaanxi Provincial Bus Station - opposite Xi'an Railway Station, West Passenger Station - No.17 Mid-Changle Road and Xi'an City Bus Station - No.19 Fengqing Road.
The main ways to get around in Xi'an are by public bus, tour bus, taxi or rental car.
The bus fare in city area for regular buses is 1 Yuan. Tour bus is 2 Yuan, and it stops at all the main scenic spots.
For the taxi services, the rate is 6 yuan for the first two kilometers and then 1.5 yuan for each additional kilometer. Trips within the city walls should not be more than 10 Yuan.