Trip Moment Recommendations
China’s Most Impressive Wall
Name: The City Wall of Xi’an
Location: Centre of Xi’an city in Shaanxi
The city wall is probably the best attraction inside the city of Xi’an. It takes about four hours to walk around the entire wall but you can do it in one hour when you rent a bike.
I love visiting this attraction on more than one occasion because the sky looks different. Try to come on a sunny day at sunset to enjoy the pink sky and it’s the ancient wall in the foreground.
From the wall you can look down into the ancient houses and see Bell Tower from a distance. Stunning history all around you.
Location: Huaqing Palace, Xian, Shaanxi, China
Entrance fee: 120¥ + 358¥ performance
Date: July 13, 2022
Huaqing Palace or Huaqing Pool is located about 35 kilometers east of the city of Xi'an, at the foot of Li Mountain. Hua means brilliant, Chinese or flowery; qing means pure or clear. It is a famous imperial bathing pool and one of China's Hundred Famous Gardens.
In Tang Dynasty, emperors would come to Huaqing Palace with their concubines. The Emperor Xuanzong used to spend his wintertimes at Huaqing Palace in the company of his favorite concubine Yang.
“Song of the everlasting sorrow” musical performance is a love story of Concubine Yang Guifei and emperor Xuanzong (Tang Dynasty).
She is known as one of the Four Beauties of ancient China.
Even though she was the wife of the emperor’s son, the emperor was attracted with her beauty, and eventually, he made her his imperial consort. Yang enjoyed a luxurious life after becoming the consort of Emperor Xuanzong.
However, she soon became the victim of courtly intrigue, which ultimately led to her death. But the legendary story of her romance with the Emperor would last forever.
She was so beautiful that we can feel it even just looking at her statue😍
The performance was so realistic, that I felt their love and sorrow. I had a feeling like they’re shooting an ancient movie and I’m part of it. It was so incredible and it’s worth watching it. I really liked it. If you go to Terra-cotta on the way back you need to see this fascinating place and the performance.
#xian #Huaqing #summerpalace #naturelover #nature #Concubine #emperor #lovestory
Nelly - traveler ^_^
Daisy Bloom🐝in May
📍- 汉长安城遗址公园 （han changan cheng yizhi gonguan) Archeological Park of Weiyang Palace
💸 - free (no need to pre book)
⏰ - 6:00 - 22:00
🚌- Last stop of bus 217
Best time to visit is around 16:00, as it’s super hot and you can easily get the sunburn on the open space ☀️
Every season it’s a great spot to enjoy different flower blooms. And this May time is for Lady Daisy🐝
❗️take bottle of water with you and some snacks, vending machines are at the entrance, didn’t notice none of them inside😅
On the territory of park you can rent carts and bicycles 40-60 yuan, the territory is really huge🛺
I felt like I’m home there🌳
#西安 #xian#daisy #chamomile#blooms
Location: Chan Ba area of Xi’an city in Shaanxi province in central China.
Getting there: Take the subway to Chan Ba Zhong xin station on line 3.
This area is called Chan Ba. Here you will enjoy peaceful parks, pretty squares and modern buildings.
If you go on a rainy day like I did, you can enjoy the beautiful reflections of the parks and buildings. The air quality in this area of Xi’an is good.
I saw the Terracotta Army - Xian 西安
First time going to Xian and it was amazing. Firstly, the Terracotta Army is a must see. The site was huge and you can easily spend several hours there. I would strongly recommend going with a tour guide as they can tell you a lot more about the history of the site.
You can also see a lot of the history in the downtown areas of Xian, with plenty of walls and towers to visit. I would also strongly recommend visiting the Muslim Quarter, as they have some of the best lamb and noodle dishes I have ever tasted.
#xian #terracottaarmy #terracottawarriors #china
A morning in a Xi’an park oasis!
Location: Xi’an sports park.
Getting there: Take line 2 of the subway to Yun Dong Gong Yuan and walk five minutes south to the entrance of the park.
Restaurants nearby: There are two massive shopping malls across the street from the park…Cityon is the best one and has lots of eateries and coffee shops.
The park itself is beautiful and clean. Lots of trees to shade from the sun and also a ton of sports equipment to get exercise. We also enjoyed the sport statues for taking photos.
Trees and Reflections of Xi’an
Getting There - Take line 3 of subway to Tao Hua Tan. Walk five minutes north to get to the guang chang.
Attractions - There is the Chang river and the Ba river running nearby for wonderful walks.
Hotels - La Meridian of Xi’an is nearby for a classic choice.
Food & Restaurants - Uplaza mall has Chinese and western restaurants nearby.
For photographs, picnics and nature walks, the Chan ba east area of Xi’an is superb!
Best easy hiking so far🏞️
📍- 郑国渠旅游风景区 (Zheng Guo Qu)
💸- 100¥ (entrance + scenic bus)
⏰ - 8:30-18:00
🚌 - own car from Xian around 1,2 hour
During the hot day make sure you have a cap or an umbrella. Take water with you too (there are very few places where you can get it).
Please keep it clean. Take the trash to the trash bins.
There are many activities that you can try: speed boat, bamboo rafting, glass bridge and the flying swing (Al these activities for additional cost)
I enjoyed hiking in this spot a LOT☺️
#xian #campingglamping #xianyang #Zhengguoqu #hiking
Eleven courses of BLISS at Charcoal Player
Chef Li Junjie’s restaurant, Charcoal Player, is a hidden gem in Xi’an. Your meal is no nonsense…you sit at a long bar that overlooks the Great Wild Goose Pagoda, and you are offered a set menu of 11 courses. Junjie is from Sichuan but trained in Australia. As a result, his food embodies the collision of these cultures. The pigeon was my absolute favorite…so tender and not even a hint of gaminess. Hope to visit his Shanghai restaurant soon. #foodie #xian #china
Daming Palace in Xi’an
Visiting the site of the old Palace with its historical significance for the city of Xi’an, it was like taking a walk through time. I enjoyed the landscape, the design was mimicking the Chinese traditional landscape garden with its rockeries, plants and water. The 1:15 scaled model of the palace was one of the highlights of my visit as well as the vestiges of the colossal gate that did not stand the test of time and wars, but through its remaining, we can still grasp its importance and beauty. #xian #damingpalace #chineseculture #chinesearchitecture
Xian Art museum (part 1)
Location: Xian Art Museum, Xian, Shaanxi, China
Entrance fee: Free
Date: July 12, 2022
In Xian Art museum we often can see different exhibitions. This exhibition was “In the realm or out”, which was incredible. It was the mixture of surrealism and modern art.
The paintings had deep meanings. I really liked them. I don’t understand art very well, but I enjoyed walking and looking at the paintings.
#xian #artmuseum #art #paintings #pieceofart #colorful
Nelly - traveler ^_^
Xian art gallery
Location: Xian Zhonglou Art Gallery, Xian, Shaanxi, China
Entrance fee: 50¥
Date: June 22, 2022
This is a nice art gallery in the center of Xian. It’s quite small but there are different parts, where we can take photos, walk around and enjoy the view.
This is an awesome place to take pictures for social media. There are mirrors, colorful lights and many interesting things which will catch your attention. My fav part was the universe: planets and the moon.
#xian #zhonglou #artgallery #art #moon #animals #lights #lightshow #colorful #Universe #planet #photography
Nelly - traveler ^_^
The Traditional Streets of Xi'an
Location: Fang Zhi Cheng area of Xi'an city, Shaanxi province.
Getting there: Line 1 or Line 9 on the subway...get off at Fang Zhi Cheng station and walk ten minutes north, up the hill.
This area is an old factory area of Xi'an...it is NOT touristy but it IS beautiful. There are stunning trees that dominate the streets. The buildings are a wonderful mixture of colours.
For eating, there are two massive shopping malls at Fang Zhi Cheng...with over fifty restaurants to choose from, this area is worth the visit!
Getting There - Xian has an airport and train station that connects to other major cities in China
Attractions - one of the biggest attractions is the terracotta warriors. The city also has a wall which tourist can walk/ride a bicycle on
Hotels - there are a variety of hotels to choose from. We found a cheap local homestay that was very nice.
Food & Restaurants - the best food we had was at the local restaurants which serve local cuisine. There are also fruit shops which are similar to pick n mix sweet shops
#xian #china #tourism #heritage #culture #urbanexplorer #awesomepic
Bell Tower of Xi'an
Location: Bell Tower, the center of Xi'an. Also known as Zhong Lou.
Getting there: Take line 2 subway to Zhong Lou station.
This landmark is in the very center of Xi'an. It is located between the north and south gate of the city wall. A short walk from Muslim street, this is a large roundabout area where you can admire this traditional building. You can pay 35 RMB to get inside and get a fine view of Xi'an from the top.
I enjoy going to the City Wall and go to Drum Tower (both nearby) to photograph Bell Tower.
There are shopping malls nearby to enjoy food and drink too.
Xi'an's Famous Pagoda!
Location: Wild Goose Pagoda, Xi'an
Getting there: Take metro line 3 and get off at Da Yan Ta station...you will have arrived at the Wild Goose Pagoda.
Xi'an has so many attractions but Big Wild Goose Pagoda is one of the best...And it's free!!!
The pagoda is surrounded by historical statues, beautiful waterfalls and fountains and a modern shopping mall for eateries such as Blue Frog.
There is a wonderful fountain show that usually starts at 7pm and 8pm, wait around the water nearby and witness stunning water splurting out with the pagoda in the background...all lit up and giving you a spectacular scene!
The fountain offers accompanying music and narration where you can soak up the atmosphere and learn more about the history.
Xi'an's Majestic City Wall!
Location: Xi'an, Shaanxi province.
Getting there: Take the subway line 2 to yong King men station. Get out at the city wall exit (clearly labelled inside the subway) and the entrance is two minutes away.
Entrance fee: 58 RMB per person.
The city wall is the most picturesque part of Xi'an. The wall is quite big and would take three hours to walk round. Fortunately you can rent a bicycle and do it in about an hour. Don't forget to stop off for photographs like I did. I recommend coming late afternoon and staying for sunset. Seeing the wall lit up with pink skies is a true wonder!
The East of Xi'an
Location: Chan Ba area, east of Xi'an in Shaanxi province.
Getting there: Take line 3 of the subway and get off at Chan Ba Zhong Xin stop.
From the subway stop, walk five minutes east and you will reach the river. This river has many bridges and parks to spend the day enjoying a picnic. The subway train goes over the bridges and creates a unique atmosphere.
Nearby is the Exhibition center and a new man made island.
Nearby is also the Expo park and Chang An tower.
Lots to do in this part of Xi'an and defiw worth a day trip!
A Modern Xi'an Pagoda
Name: Chang An Ta (Pagoda).
Location: Xi'an Expo Park, Chan Ba area of Xi'an.
Getting there: Take the subway to Chan Ba Zhong Xin, line 3, and walk towards the river and bridge...from there you will see Chang An tower.
Not as famous as Xi'an's Wild Goose Pagoda, but just as nice... Chang An pagoda is reachable by subway and is situated in a gorgeous park...it is also located by the river front. Walking along the river and photographing this Chinese marvel is worth the trip alone.
The Bell Tower of Xi'an
Name: Bell Tower (Zhong Lou)
Location: The very center of Xi'an
Getting there: Take line two of the subway to Zhong Lou.
Bell Tower is in the absolute center of Xi'an city, inside the city wall. It's beautiful and from it, you can see the ancient city wall and the ancient drum tower.
I love coming here at night and see the majestic tower lit up with all the colours. Nearby there are some amazing shops and restaurants, including Muslim street.
China's Terracotta Warriors 🏯🗡️🇨🇳
📍 Address: Lintong District, Xi'an, Shaanxi Province, China. Located about 30 kilometers east of the city center.
🌟 Highlights: The Terracotta Warriors are an impressive sight to behold, with thousands of life-sized statues standing guard in the pits. While the site is not as mind-blowing as some may expect, it is still a remarkable feat of ancient craftsmanship and a must-see for history buffs. Take a guided tour to learn more about the history and significance of these fascinating figures.
👎🏻 Rating: While the Terracotta Warriors are certainly worth a visit, it's important to manage your expectations. Some may find the experience underwhelming, as the figures are somewhat spread out and may not be as awe-inspiring as they appear in pictures.
🤔 Opinion: Visiting the Terracotta Warriors is like seeing soccer players on a field - impressive in their own right, but not necessarily a mind-blowing experience. While I enjoyed my visit, I found myself relying on zoom lenses to capture the intricate details of the statues. That being said, the site is still a remarkable feat of ancient craftsmanship and a fascinating glimpse into China's rich history.
👉🏻 Motivation: If you're a history buff or simply curious about ancient Chinese culture, a visit to the Terracotta Warriors is still a must-do. Just remember to manage your expectations and approach the site with an open mind. And who knows, you may just discover a newfound appreciation for these remarkable figures. 🏯🗡️🇨🇳
#TerracottaWarriors #AncientChina #ChineseHistory #LintongDistrict #XiAn #ShaanxiProvince #TravelChina #ExploreChina #HistoryBuff #BucketList #WorldHeritageSite #ChineseCulture #Archaeology #TravelGoals #Wanderlust #TravelInspiration #AdventureTime #CultureTrip #ChinaTourism 🚶♀️📷🤔
Exploring Xi'an's Magical Nightlife 🌃🌟
📍 Address: Muslim Quarter, Xi'an, Shaanxi Province, China. Located in the center of Xi'an, the Muslim Quarter is a bustling area filled with shops, restaurants, and street vendors.
🌟 Highlights: One of the most magical experiences I had in Xi'an was visiting the Muslim Quarter at night. The mix of lights, food, and culture created an unforgettable atmosphere. One of my favorite dishes was roujiamuo, a type of meat sandwiched in a steamed bun, and mian mian, a spicy noodle soup. The food in the Muslim Quarter is a must-try for any visitor, with a wide variety of street food stalls offering delicious and unique flavors.
👍🏻 Rating: The Muslim Quarter is a must-see destination in Xi'an. The vibrant energy and culture of this area make it an unforgettable experience.
👉🏻 Motivation: If you're planning a trip to Xi'an, make sure to include a visit to the Muslim Quarter in your itinerary. It's a great way to experience the local culture, try delicious food, and see the unique mix of traditional and modern influences in the city. So come and immerse yourself in the magic of the Muslim Quarter! 🕌🌙🍜
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Xi'an's Tallest Buildings!
Location: Lv Di Shi Ji Cheng at Zhang Ba Er Lu in the south west of the city.
Getting there: Metro line 6 and get off at Zhang Ba Yi Lu station.
Greenland area of Xi'an is situated in Gao Xin district. It has the two tallest buildings in Xi'an and shows a completely different side of the ancient capital. In this area are two modern shopping malls with western restaurants and several Starbucks reserve coffee shops. The mighty Grand Hyatt hotel is here too...I had breakfast there and you can see the skyscrapers from the top. An excellent hotel.
Qujiang Pool Park
Location: Qujiang Pool Park, Xian, Shaanxi, China
Entrance fee: Free
Date: May 16, 2022
Qujiang Pool Park is an awesome place to walk in different seasons, especially in spring when it’s not so cold or hot.
The lake with its surrounding area is so nice. You can sit on the bench or stone and admire it for several hours. Lots of people just come here to enjoy the view.
#xian #qujiang #poolpark #park #lake #spring #blue #green #walk #leisure
Nelly - traveler ^_^
Classical music in Xian 🎶
Location: Shaanxi Grand Theatre, Xian, Shaanxi, China
Entrance fee: 114¥
Date: May 3 & October 6, 2022
Shaanxi Grand Theater also known as Shaanxi Grand Opera House is located in Xian, near Dayanta.
We can often enjoy classical music here.
The first concert was about the soundtracks from famous cartoons and Japanese animes.
The second one was Vivaldi “The Four Seasons”.
Both of them were so relaxing.
It usually starts at 19:30. It takes about 1.5-2hours with about 20 minutes interval. The hall is always full of people.
The ticket’s price is also different. It can be from 100-1000¥, it depends on which part of the hall you want to sit. You can buy the tickets from the tickets office or online using their mini program.
If you like classical music, then you can come here and enjoy it.
#xian #theater #operahouse #concert #classic #classicalmusic #symphony #animation #Vivaldi #fourseasons #music
Nelly - traveler ^_^
Don’t miss the awesome Cherry blossom🌸
📍- 青龙寺 （qinglongsi) Qinglong Temple
💸 - free (but need to book your entrance in advance in meituan 美团 or at the gate)
They have option for foreign passport, so no worries☺️
⏰ - 8:30-17:30
🚌- Subway Line 5, Qinglonsi Station Exit G or 雁翔路北口 Exit B, walkable distance to Temple
Now it’s your perfect time to be the witness of Cherry Blossom 🌸 It is a beloved symbol of spring in China 💗
People also believe that cherry blossom symbolizes the beauty of the life and the fragility of existence.
On the territory of Temple you can rent traditional clothes and photographer📸
#西安 #xian #青龙寺 #sakura
Chang An Tower of Xi'an!
Location: Xi'an, Shaanxi province in China.
Getting there: Take the subway to Chan Ba Zhong Xin station or xiang hu wan station on line 3 of the metro. You get odd the metro and walk down to the river. Not far at all.
Chang An tower is situated inside the Expo park, also known as shi bo yuan. It is a modern pagoda style building that can be seen on the Chang river. Views across the river are beat, especially at night when it's lit up. This area in the chan ba district of Xi'an is less touristy but one of the highlights in Xi'an. A must see!
Xi'an's Neighbour City
Location: Xianyang, Shaanxi province.
Getting there: Take a 20 minute taxi from Xi'an airport or simply take the subway from the center of Xi'an...it goes all the way to Xianyang city. The subway stop that links with Xi'an is called Feng He Sen Lin Gong Yuan.
Getting off at Feng He Forest Park station, it's a short walk to the center of Xianyang. In xianyang go for walks along Xianyang lake and admire the beauty of the still water. Walk along the mighty bridges and admire the beautiful lights on the road. There are also nice parks nearby with historical statues to learn more about.
Hidden Chinese Treasure
📍- 安仁坊遗址展示馆 (anren fang yizhi zhanshi guan)
💸 - free entrance
⏰ - 9:00-17:30 (Mon - Sun, Tuesday off)
🚌 - Line 2 (体育场 exit A or 南稍门 exit B)
Not many people know about this place which I think is a real treasure for those who like to be alone.
Spacey light halls, window shadows, atmosphere of Chinese history… all these creates some small world where you can feel the main hero🌟
#安仁坊遗址展示馆 #urbanexplorer #museum #xian
Xi'an's Top University!
Location: Jiao Tong University on Xing Qing Lu.
Getting there: Bus 700 or subway stop jiao tong da xue.
The campus is a real treat. It is really big and would take about an hour to walk all around it. You can see historic buildings, beautiful narrow streets with pine trees and also wonderful blossoming flowers in the spring time.
Tip: Best to visit in March or April when the flowers look amazing.
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