Temple of the Eight Immortals
A large number of imperial tombs (皇陵, huáng líng ) dot the Guānzhōng plain around Xī’ān. They are sometimes included on tours from...
Xiányáng City Museum
More than 2000 years ago Xiányáng was the capital of the Qin dynasty. These days, it’s just a dusty satellite of Xī’ān. Its chief...
Forest of Stelae Museum
Housed in Xī’ān’s Confucius Temple, this museum holds more than 1000 stone stelae (inscribed tablets), including the nine Confucian...
In the basement bowels of the Shūyuàn Youth Hostel , this music bar is a tip-top riot and a fun night out. Staff are excellent and very...
This mezzanine-style cafe and bar looking down into the lobby of a very popular hostel is well-staffed, serving up terrific sandwiches,...
Yongle Lu; 永乐路 · interesting places nearby
Temple of the Eight Immortals information
Xī’ān’s largest Taoist temple dates to the Song dynasty and is still an active place of worship. Supposedly built on the site of an ancient wine shop, it was constructed to protect against subterranean divine thunder. Scenes from Taoist mythology are painted around the courtyard. Empress Cixi, the mother of the last emperor, stayed here in 1901 after fleeing Běijīng during the Boxer Rebellion. Bus 502 runs close by the temple (eastbound from Xi Xinjie).
The small antique market opposite is busiest on Sunday and Wednesday.