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Top Family Sites in Xi’an, fun for everyone

The city of Xi'an in China offers a selection of attractions for visiting families. A number of captivating attractions that will appeal to all members of the family are described below.

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Terracotta Warriors

Terracotta Warriors

This amazing array of terracotta soldiers will capture the imagination of all members of the family. The lifelike appearance and intriguing expressions of these soldiers, each different from the others, never fail to astound and impress the visitor. This terracotta army was discovered in the burial site of an ancient Chinese emperor, having been created to protect the emperor in the afterlife. Today these soldiers providing a fascinating insight into the grandeur and power of the emperors of ancient China. You will find a museum at the site which displays the terracotta warriors, including infantrymen, horsemen, chariots and weapons.

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Ancient City Wall

Ancient City Wall

The picturesque city wall of the city of Xi'an is sure to capture the interest of all visitors irrespective of age or preferences. This impressive fortification has the distinction of being one of the best-preserved of the walls constructed in ancient times to be seen today. As Xi'an functioned as the capital city for no less than 13 imperial dynasties, it is not surprising that a strong fortification was deemed necessary. The wall is both grand and uncomplicated, exuding a suggestion of the splendour of times gone by. The wall as it is seen today is about 600 years in age, and was constructed on the strong foundations laid out in even earlier times.

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Drum and Bell Towers

Drum and Bell Towers

No sightseeing tour of Xi'an would be complete without visiting the renowned Drum and Bell Towers. These iconic local monuments have become synonymous with the city, and have gained the status of significant tourist attractions. In the ancient era these towers functioned as the city's timekeeping centre, and the bells and drums were struck in accordance with the time. The base levels of the towers have been constructed of stone, whilst the higher levels are built of sturdy wood. The towers are adorned with vibrant paintings and the roofs feature glazed tiles. These elements make the towers a delightful attraction for the visitor.

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Great Wild Goose Pagoda

Great Wild Goose Pagoda

This splendid pagoda is another of Xi'an's most renowned and acclaimed monuments. It was constructed as long ago as 652 in order to house relics and Buddhist sutras brought over from India. Two valuable steles engraved by Tang Dynasty Chinese emperors were placed within this temple more than 1,200 years in the past. These priceless steles may be seen today in the very same place in which they were placed many centuries ago. The compound in which this pagoda stands features beautiful architecture and lovely gardens which will appeal to all members of the family. When selecting accommodation in Xi'an from which to explore these engrossing attractions an obvious choice would be the Citadines Central Xi'an, which is well-reputed for its comfort and attentive hospitality.

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Small Wild Goose Pagoda

Small Wild Goose Pagoda

This captivating monument is an attractive sight that will appeal to all sightseers. The Small Wild Goose Pagoda is now a part of an expansive scenic area which offers many attractions for the visitor. The pagoda itself is exquisite in appearance, and has been constructed entirely of stone. Although the upper floors of the structure have sustained damage it still presents an imposing and elegant sight. Within the scenic area you will find a host of other attractions including the renowned Jianfusi Temple, the well-reputed Xi'an Museum, appealing gardens and a picturesque lake.