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How to experience a local life in Xi’an?

Last updated by meimeili at 2013/12/1; Destinations: Xian Edit Delete

Archaeology, history, Buddhism, adventure… rich and different, Xi’an is inescapable. As the eastern terminal of the Silk Road and the capital city of ancient dynasties over 1,100 years, Xi’an witnessed the crossing between man and its history.

As an important economic, cultural, industrial and educational centre of the central-northwest region, emperors and monks imprinted the marks of a prestigious past. Ramparts and graves of olden times, the site of the famous Terracotta Warriors of the Qin Dynasty, Buddhist pagoda and mosques, tell this historic crossroads between East and Asia.

Xi’An intimate and nostalgic

Feiyuan Museum and Qin Shi Huangdi mausoleum

Explore a small village, that of Mr. Wu who transformed his own house into a-museum to share with you his love and passion for its countryside and also his life. You will then be astonished by Terracotta Warriors army.

Xi’An cross-cultural

Early in the morning, take the way to Small Wild Goose Pagoda Park to get an introduction t’ai chi class and visit the museum before joining the Muslim district and its huge brilliant Mosque.

Xi’An archaeological and artistic

Xi’An is the discovery of Terracotta Warriors archaeological treasure along with Han Yang Ling Tomb two must-sees of every journey in China. It is also the ideal starting point to discover Shaolin monks and the magnificent Buddhist Luoyang caves.


Discover… must-sees

Big Mosque district

The Big Mosque in Xi’an is the largest, best preserved and one of the most important Islamic mosques in China. The area around the Big Mosque is also a great place to walk around and shop for souvenirs.

Don’t miss Gao Family Mansion which perfectly reveals the traditional design of large estates in Xi’an; visitors can sip tea in the tranquil courtyards, marvel at the ancient Chinese artwork and even enjoy a classic shadow puppet show or an initiation to paper cut.  

Xi’An and Ming Dynasty

Discover the Forest of Steles (Beilin) and former Confucian Temple and then walk on the ramparts of the city.
Xi’An home to the Terracotta Army of Emperor Qin Shi Huang

Qin Shi Huangdi mausoleum

Qin Shi Huang was the king of the Chinese State of Qin from 246 BC to 221 BC, during the Warring States period. After unifying China, he passed a series of major political and economic reforms. He undertook gigantic projects, including building and unifying various sections of the Great Wall of China  and a massive national road system.

The currency was also standardized and perhaps most importantly, the Chinese script was unified.
 Admire the terracotta army buried with him is a highlight of a journey in China.

Han Yang Ling Tomb

The Yangling mausoleum is the joint tomb of Liu Qi, Emperor Jingdi of Han (188-141 B.C.), and the empress of the king Xiaojing, Colour-painted pottery figurines and various cultural relics were unearthed. The figurines included warriors escorting the imperial chariot, attendants watching over boxes and cases, cattle drovers and clerks…

A well-kept secret shielded from tourists and an essential historic complement to the terracotta army visit. After the visit of the grave, a demonstration and an initiation into the work of archaeological excavation can be suggested.
Feiyuan Museum -Mr. Wu’s Private Museum

With a rich collection of relics from cities and countryside, the Feiyuan Museum, built by Mr Wu is a place for the collection, protection and contemplation of Chinese history and culture.

The founder built the Feiyuan Garden with all his efforts by raising funds himself. He has spent over ten years to collect all the relics himself from the transformation construction sites of the old Xi’an city. 

The Feiyuan Garden was planned and designed by the owner according to his own experiences by visiting ancient building and gardens as well as collecting those architectural components in these years. The inscriptions on the stone tablets as well as those couplets were all written by the owner himself according to the layouts of the garden. The founder of the Feiyuan Museum built it with the aim to remind people of paying attention to countryside and traditional Chinese culture.