Top things to do in Xi'an

Top Choice Historic Site in Xi'an

Army of Terracotta Warriors

The Terracotta Army isn't just Xi'an's premier sight, it's one of the most famous archaeological finds in the world. This subterranean life-size army of thousands has silently stood guard over the soul of China's fi…
Top Choice Historic Site in Xi'an

Xi'an City Walls

Xi'an is one of the few cities in China where the imposing old city walls still stand. Built in 1370 during the Ming dynasty, the magnificent 12m-high walls are surrounded by a dry moat and form a rectangle with a p…
Top Choice Buddhist Pagoda in Xi'an

Big Goose Pagoda

This seven-storey pagoda, Xi'an’s most famous landmark, 4km southeast of the South Gate and formerly within the old (and huge) Tang dynasty city wall, dominates the surrounding modern buildings. One of China’s best …
Top Choice Tomb in Xi'an

Tomb of Emperor Jingdi

This tomb, also referred to as the Han Jing Mausoleum, Liu Qi Mausoleum and Yangling Mausoleum, is the burial place of the Han-dynasty emperor Jingdi (188–141 BC) and is quite possibly Xi'an’s most underrated highli…
Top Choice Chinese Islamic in Xi'an

Mǎ Hóng Xiǎochǎo Pàomóguǎn

A superb choice for lamb or beef pàomó (泡馍; lamb and flatbread stew); you need to grab a seat before 11am, otherwise it's all elbows in ribs. Pay for your dish, take your seat and then break the round bread into a m…
Buddhist Site in Xi'an

Famen Temple

Dating way back to the 2nd century AD, this temple was built to house parts of a sacred finger bone of the Buddha, presented to China by India’s King Asoka who undertook the distribution of Sakyamuni's relics. The o…
Buddhist Temple in Xi'an

Guangren Temple

The sole Tibetan Buddhist temple in the entire province, Guangren Temple originally dates to the early 18th century, but was largely rebuilt in the 20th century. As a sacred Tibetan Buddhist place of worship, the te…
Mosque in Xi'an

Great Mosque

Bigger than many temples in China, the Great Mosque is a gorgeous blend of Chinese and Islamic architecture and one of the most fascinating sacred sites in the land. The present buildings are mostly Ming and Qing, t…
Historic Site in Xi'an

Imperial Tombs

Many imperial tombs (皇陵, huáng líng) dot the Guanzhong plain around Xi'an. They are sometimes included on tours from Xi'an, but most aren’t so remarkable as to be destinations in themselves. By far the most impressi…
Tomb in Xi'an

Qian Tomb

This impressive tomb, 85km northwest of town, is the final resting place of China's sole female emperor, Wu Zetian (AD 625–705), who is buried here with her husband Emperor Gaozong, whom she succeeded. The long Spir…