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8 Amazing Things to Do in Xi’an China - Top 8 Activities to Enjoy in Xi’an

Although Xi'an will forever be associated with its terracotta warriors, there's much more to do in this dynamic city in China than marvelling at ancient artefacts. Here are 8 memorable activities tourists can enjoy during a trip to Xi'an.


Go Biking

Often described as one of the best ways to gauge the beauty of the city, cycling along the city walls of Xi'an is a must for biking enthusiasts. The 13.8km-long wall is not only ideal for a walking tour but also a leisurely bike ride. Bikes are available for hire from local rentals in the city and visitors should check the condition of the bicycle before taking it for a spin as the bumpy city walls require a stealthy machine.


Shop till You Drop

No trip to Xi'an would be complete without a shopping spree at Beiyuanmen Muslim Market, a bargain hunter's paradise lined with souvenirs and clothing items. The best time to visit the Beiyuanmen Muslim Market is during the late hours after dark as it is less humid to explore the thoroughfare.


Sign Up for a Food Tour

Whether one is based at Grand Park Xian or any other locale to take advantage of Xian hotel deals, signing up for a food tour of the Muslim Quarter is a must for first-time visitors. Lost Plate Food Tours and countless other local tour operators offer holidaymakers a fascinating look at local cuisine and the best eats in this area.


Tour the Drum Tower of Xi'an

As one of the most popular heritage sites in Xi'an, the Drum Tower is best visited during the daylight hours when it is possible to witness the hustle and bustle of the city square from the tower's vaulted height. The balcony at the summit of the tower also offers spectacular views at sunset.


Pay Homage to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda

Believed to be one of the region's best-preserved examples of classic Chinese architecture, a visit to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda will serve as a great reminder of the rich cultural legacy of Xi'an and the many iconic structures that have survived the test of time just like the terracotta warriors the city is famed for.


Explore Daming Palace

Having once served as the royal residence of the Tang Dynasty's ruling family, the palace surrounded by extensive gardens may be in ruins but is still a hauntingly beautiful reminder of Xian's glorious past.


Discover the Banpo Village and Museum

History buffs should also drop by the charming Banpo Village, which is a historic site that is believed to have been a township some 6000 years ago. The museum dedicated to this ancient village is just as engaging as the artefacts found within the village itself.


Unwind at Xingqinggong Park

Tourists can sing, dance, stroll and enjoy all manner of amusements at sprawling Xingqinggong Park, the area's favourite recreational hotspot. A kid's playground is also part of the landscape of this park where families flock during the weekend.

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