XIAN CHINA – 5 Great Attractions!
China is a big place. It’s full of wonders and places to explore. Each city offers it’s own special attractions. Here are 5 great attractions in Xian China.
First, by means of full disclosure, I have to say that of all the places I have visited in China I rank Xian as my favorite. It is an open, warm and accepting place to visit. The people are active,friendly, and welcoming. The city offers a wealth of activities,venues, and experiences. I felt very at ease and comfortable exploring the city. When I return to China, believe me, I will have the City of Xian on the top of my itinerary. Here are 5 of my favorite activities in Xian.
1 ) Xian City Wall
Unlike many other cities in China, Xian has retained it’s entire city wall which surrounds the old central city area. It’s simply amazing. Dating from 1370, the entire wall forms a 9 mile long protective barrier around the city. The top of the wall is open and wide, marked at various points with numerous gates and towers. You can walk the entire distance and get some great views of the city. Or better still, rent a bicycle atop the wall and ride around the city with a bird’s eye view. There’s a party like atmosphere -lots of people and action. Stop for snacks and take lots of photographs.
2) Terra Cotta Warriors
Located 19 miles east of Xian, is an entire necropolis surrounding what is believed to be the burial site of Chinese Emperor Qin Shi Huangdi who unified China over 2,200 years ago. The entire complex is only partially excavated. The Terracotta Army, numbering around 7,000 soldiers and horses, is world famous and is truly awesome to behold. PBS did a great program on the Warriors. Check it out at PBS-Warriors
3) The Great Goose Pagoda
Located just south of Central Xian and the City Wall, The Great Goose Pagoda stands over 210 fee high in the center of the of the Ci’en Temple complex, overlooking the City of Xian. The climb is a bit tiring (no elevators here!) but he views are wonderful. At the pagoda’s base is the temple complex which is then surrounded by a lovely park. As with most Chinese parks, this one is well used by the people of Xian for walking, exercising, and relaxing.
As I strolled the lanes I encountered Tai Chi classes, people practicing their wooden flutes, individuals taking lessons in Chinese Calligraphy. It was a pleasant, and congenial atmosphere. The activity is non-stop. In the evening there is a “dancing water show” at the central fountain area.
Elsewhere,others are doing synchronized group dancing to contemporary rock music. At one point I heard a series of loud popping sounds. Thinking I would see some fireworks, I walked in the direction of the sound only to be surprised when I encountered a group of people practicing and displaying their skills with bull whips. This is indeed a place to visit in Xian – you’ll never know what you might run into – but it’s loads of fun.
4) Small Wild Goose Pagoda
Not far from the Great Goose Pagoda is the smaller and more intimate Jianfu Si Temple complex. The smaller pagoda,141 feet in height, is from the Tang Dynasty and was built to store the sutras Buddhists brought back to Xian from India.
There are lovely walks and shady areas to stroll and relax. Along one path I discovered an enormous bell. For a small donation you can ring the bell three times. The deep tones can be heard for miles I am sure.
5) Xian Dumplings!
Xian is famous for many things. On the food side it is famous for it’s dumplings. A speciality of the area – you can have entire meals of dumplings – appetizer dumplings, entree dumplings, dessert dumplings! Served in little baskets that are stacked layer upon layer. And you know what? They are really good. To top it all off – many are shaped to reflect contents – fish, chicken, ducks, etc. De Fa Chang’s is one of the most well known restaurants specializing in dumplings. Upstairs you can select a banquet from various pre-set menus. Downstairs you can create you own combination – and prices seem to be better as well.
Don’t Miss Xian China …………. And Enjoy The Adventure!
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