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Top 10 things to do in Xi'an

03-21-2011 17:30 BJT

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Xi'an, located in northwest China, is known all over the world as the home to the Terracotta Army and the eastern terminus of the Silk Road.

Xi'an also rivals Athens, Cairo and Rome as one of the four ancient capitals in the world as the city has a history of more than 3,100 years, in which more than 1,100 years was as the capital city for 13 dynasties (there are still some debates over the number of dynasties which use Xi'an as their capital).

Visit the top 10 attractions in Xi'an and experience Xi'an as a living history book recording the great changes in China.

Daming Palace Site[]

NO.10 Daming Palace Site

Daming Palace was the grandest and most significant palace complex in Xi'an (then Chang'an) during Tang Dynasty (618-907) where Tang emperors lived, dealt with state affairs and met with officials.

It has been rebuilt and opened to the public on October 1st, 2010. About two thirds of the park is free to get in. The other one third features cultural heritages and exhibition and needs admission fee.

Hanyuan Palace was the main palace, where grand ceremonies were held. It was also an important international exchange center. On every New Year's Day, ambassadors from various countries came and participated in the grand ceremonies held here. The majestic palace not only reflects Tang Dynasty's prosperity, but also represents the highest architectural level of that time. It is said that the Forbidden City in Beijing was built after the layout of Daming Palace.

Address: 78 Xuanwu Road

Admission: 60 yuan

Tel: +86 29 86708192


How to get there: Bus 2, 216, 262 to Tongjia Lane; Bus 16, 17, 22, 38, 46, 104, 209, 801 to Taihua Road

Muslim Street []

NO.9 Taste Xi'an cuisine

Xi'an cuisine is well known throughout China and visitors to Xi'an must not come and go without tasting local snacks. Due to Xi'an's geographical location in the center of China, its snacks adopted various materials from both north and south China. Local cooking features frying, sauting, braising and frequent use of salt, vinegar, capsicum and garlic. Among the great variety of local snacks, Yang Rou Pao Mo (crumbled unleavened bread soaked in mutton stew), Rou Jia Mo (Shaanxi Sandwich), and Cold Rice Noodles are the most popular.

A renowned place to try local snacks is Muslim Street beside the Drum Tower. It is also a great place to go bargain hunting for small items of aircrafts.

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