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Xi'an, located in the central China, is only 2 hours by air from Expo City of Shanghai and from Capital City of Beijing. 

International tourists should seriously consider flying from Beijing or Shanghai to visit the Terra Cotta Warriors.

Express tours by overnight train and bullet train from Beijing to Xian are available only with Great Wall Adventure Club. Please check Express Tour pages for details.

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Big Wild Goose Pagoda

Big Wild Goose Pagoda:

The Big Wild Goose Pagoda was built in 652 A.D. during the Sui Dynasty. On the original site there originally stood a temple. It was intially called the Wu Lou (Five Storey) Temple. It was not until 648 A.D. that Li Zhi, then still a crown prince, sponsored a renovation project on the temple in memory of his mother and her kindness after she suffered an early death. It was finished in 652 .......more

Qianling Mausoleum

Qianling Mausoleum:

Another fascinating ruin from the Tang Dynasty is the famous Qianling Mausoleum. It was built on the Liang Mountain 50 miles northwest from central Xi’an and very close to the Terracotta Army Museum. The mausoleum holds great historical significance for China, as it contains a unique joint tomb of an emperor couple, Emperor Gaozong and his wife .......more

Shaanxi Museum

Shaanxi Museum:

This museum is widely touted as the best provincial museum in China. First established in 1991, the Shaanxi Museum gives an illuminating take on the history of the Shaanxi region, which is the cradle of Chinese civilization. The Museum is composed of 3 main exhibition halls.The Basic Exhibition Hall is composed of the No 1 exhibition hall, the No 2 exhibition hall and .......more

Bell Tower

Bell Tower:

Now marooned on a traffic island, the Bell Tower marks the center of the city, as the town’s 4 main roads all lead here. The Bell Tower, is a stately traditional building, that marks the geographical center of the ancient capital. From this important landmark extend East, South, West and North Streets, connecting the Tower to the East, South, West and North Gates .......more

Drum Tower

Drum Tower:

The Drum Tower is located northwest of the Bell Tower, across the Bell Tower and Drum Tower Square. Both of them are called the 'sister buildings' or 'morning bell and dark drum'. In ancient China, especially from the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368), the drums were used to signal the running of time and on occasion were used as an alarm in emergency situations .......more

Muslim Quarter

Muslim Quarter:

The backstreets leading north from the Drum Tower have been home to the city’ Chinese Muslims (known as Hui) for centuries. Xi’an is home to around 700,000 Muslims, almost 10” of the Muslim population in China. Muslims have been here since at least the 7th century, as many Muslim merchants and tradesman came to Xi’an along the path of the legendary Silk Road .......more

Great Mosque

Great Mosque:

One of the largest mosques in China, the Great Mosque is a fascinating blend of Chinese and Islamic architecture. Facing west (towards Mecca) instead of the usual south, the mosque begins with a classic Chinese temple feature, the spirit wall, designed to keep demons at bay. The gardens too, with their rocks, pagodas and archways are obviously Chinese, with the exception .......more

Xi’an City Walls

Xi’an City Walls:

Xi’an is one of the only cities where the old city walls are still standing. When Zhu Yuanzhang, the first Emperor of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), captured Huizhou, a hermit named Zhu Sheng admonished him that he should 'built high walls, store abundant food supplies and take time to be an Emperor,' so that .......more

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