Xi’an Rated as One of the Best Travel Destinations in Asia
Published:2017-09-11
 

Though thousands of years have passed, Xi’an still occupies an eternal place in the hearts of Chinese people.

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Xi’an, eulogized again and again by poetries of Tang and Han Dynasties, is and will always be an eternal legendary place to the Chinese people.

Xi’an, despite its long history, has put up a new look. However, the flavor of life hasn’t changed for the sake of Xi’an development.

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As the largest city in the Tang Dynasty, Xi’an was not only the east start of the Silk Road, but also the cradle of incomparable multicultural heritages. It’s been thirty years since the Terracotta Army was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Xi’an has also been rated by Lonely Planet as one of the best travel destinations in Asia.

There are so much fun in Xi’an:

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You can ride a bike on the rampart, look for the trace of time left since 700 years ago, overlook the whole city, and feel its vitality.

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Sauntering in the museums, where Banpo Pottery, Western Zhou bronze, Terracotta Army in Qin Dynasty and Tri-coloured Glazed Pottery of the Tang Dynasty are exhibited, you will find each historical relic amazingly beautiful.

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You can visit the Bell Tower in the evening, overlook the flow of traffic and people around it, and feel the rhythm of modern Xi’an.

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Strolling around at the root of the city walls, you can see elderly Xi’an people enjoying a leisurely life, and occasionally hear Shaanxi Opera in the City Wall Park.

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Don’t miss the delicacies in central Shaanxi, such as the marinated meat in baked bun, cold rice noodles, and the local cold drink Ice Peak. You can never get too much of them.

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Xi’an city is absolutely attractive, but it’ll be a pity if you miss the surrounding scenic spots. The five suburban counties-Lintong, Chang’an, Huxian, Xianyang, Lantian, which are located to the east, north and south of Xi’an, are attracting tourists from all over the world for sightseeing or spending holidays there.

The Miracle of the Terracotta Army

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The Mausoleum of Emperor Qinshihuang is a must-see attraction. The world famous Terra Cotta Warriors is the treasure of the Emperor Qinshihuang's Mausoleum Site Park. However, critics are polarizing. Some feel seeing the Terra Cotta Warriors is more regretful than missing it, while others say they will come again. The probable reason of such divergence is that 5/6 of the total 6,000 Terra Cotta Warriors are still buried underneath, and the continuous excavation and reparation are always bringing about surprises to visitors.

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The exhibiting area of the Terracotta Army is full of visitors all the year round. With the ticket to the Museum of Emperor Qinshihuang’sTomb Figures of Soldiers and Horses, you can also visit the Site Park of the Mausoleum of Emperor Qinshihuang for free.

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Precipitous Huashan Mountain

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Looking up at the precipitous Huashan Mountain, you will probably understand why this fault mountain is favored by so many Chinese chivalry novelists. After climbing up to the top of the mountain step by step, overlooking infinite scenes and walking down the sky path along the cliff, you might feel you are a rare talent in martial arts.

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Filing up the carved steps along the cliff of the precipitous Huashan Mountain while griping the iron chain along the way is the most thrilling memory of many tourists to Huashan Mountain. Some auxiliary facilities, such as cableway, have greatly reduced the difficulty in climbing the mountain, but you can still enjoy its different beautiful sceneries by mixing mountaineering and cableway.

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Walking in the Underground Kingdom-Hanyang Mausoleum

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History buffs in Xi’an like wandering over mausoleums, and they never let slip the suburban Hanyang Mausoleum, where the Han Emperor and empress Wang Zhi were buried together.

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Walking on the transparent glass over the excavated path leading to a grave, a mysterious underground kingdom is looming ahead. Tomb figures of different occupations are still vividly showing the daily life of the palace of the Han Dynasty. After visiting the precious cultural relics unearthed from Hanyang Mausoleum, it is recommended to visit the South Gate Site and Temple Site where archaeological excavation is still undergoing.

The Genuine Rice Pericarp on the Old Street of Qinzhen.

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Besides marinated meat in baked bun and orange juice branded Bingfeng, rice pericarp is also one of the indispensable courses in Xi’an’s standard package of snacks. The genuine rice pericarp can be found on the old streets of Qinzhen.

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Qinzhen rice pericarp can be found all over China, but the most genuine comes only from the old south street of Qinzhen.

Visiting the Qinling Mountains

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The Long Qinling Mountains is a natural boundary between North and South China. Standing on the high watershed and overlooking the boundless mountains, partly hidden and partly visible in the dense fog, the Qinling Mountains is like a huge ink painting spreading out before your eyes. The Zhongnan mountains still have the footprints left by contemporary hermit's. Towering Taibai Mountain, rock-block field, rich vegetation and wild animal are telling the secrets of Mother Nature. After going through the Heihe Forest Park, you can get to the Old County where ancient courier stations are still preserved.

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Nanwutai Mountain is a nice choice if you want to explore the beautiful yet secret Qinling Mountains within only one day. To save more time, scenic minibus can get you halfway up the mountain, where stand Manjusri Terrace, Refreshing Terrace, Ouija Terrace, Sacrifice Terrace, and Avalokitesvara Terrace at the top, overlooking the Chinese-ink-like Qingling Mountains and verdant Shibianyu Reservoir.

Wandering in Hancheng

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Hancheng is full of charm of antique glamor. Among the counties of the central Shaanxi plain, which have deep humane connotation, Hancheng is still quite distinguished. It has the Dragon’s Gate, which was chiseled by King Yu for carps to jump over, hosted Si Maqian, a world class historical and cultural celebrity, 1/6 of existing architectures of Yuan Dynasty in China, city relics of Ming and Qing dynasties which are on a par with those in Shanxi province, the glorious history of having nurtured many officials in the Qianlong Reign, and the world-famous “folk treasure” Dangjia Village. All those are well worth visiting.

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The flavor of the food in Hancheng is influenced by the adjoining northern Shaanxi and Shanxi. Mutton and coarse cereals are the main food material of Hancheng Food. And an astonishingly large night market is also a wonderful place for food aficionado. 


[Source:Hua Shang Daily]