The Silk Road

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  • 1. Forest of Stone Steles Museum


    Head here for a glimpse into what the ancient Chinese deemed important enough to set in stone. As the name suggests, there is no shortage of...Read More

  • 2. Huashan


    A few hours east of Xi'an lies one of China's five sacred mountains, a traditional watercolor come to life. The 7,218-foot mountain has stunning...Read More

  • 3. Shaanxi History Museum


    Although museums in China are often underwhelming, this is a notable exception. The works in this imposing two-story structure, built in 1991...Read More

  • 4. Small Goose Pagoda

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Once part of the 7th-century Jianfu Temple, this 13-tier pagoda was built by Empress Wu Zetian in 707 to honor her predecessor, Emperor Gao...Read More

  • 5. Terracotta Warriors Museum


    Discovered in 1974 by farmers digging a well, this UNESCO World Heritage site includes more than 7,000 terra-cotta soldiers standing guard over...Read More

  • 6. Banpo Matriarchal Clan Village

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    About 5 km (3 miles) east of the city are the remains of a 6,000-year-old Yangshao village, including living quarters, a pottery-making center...Read More

  • 7. Bell Tower

    Notable Building

    Xi'an's most recognizable structure, the Bell Tower was built in the late 14th century in what was then the center of the city. It's still good...Read More

  • 8. Big Wild Goose Pagoda

    Notable Building

    This impressively tall pagoda lies 4 km (2½ miles) southeast of South Gate, on the grounds of the still-active Temple of Thanksgiving (Da Ci...Read More

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  • 9. Culture Street (Shuyuanmen)


    Take a stroll along this leafy boulevard lined with galleries, shops, and a few cafés. Mostly clear of the city's traffic save for a handful...Read More

  • 10. Drum Tower

    Notable Building

    Originally built in 1384, this 111-foot-high Ming Dynasty building—which used to hold the alarm drums for the imperial city—marks the southern...Read More

  • 11. Famen Temple

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Originally built in the 3rd century AD, the temple was the site of an amazing find during renovations in 1981. A sacred crypt housing four of...Read More

  • 12. Great Mosque

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This lushly landscaped mosque with four graceful courtyards may have been established as early as AD 742, during the Tang Dynasty, but the remaining...Read More

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  • 13. Huaqing Hot Springs

    Hot Spring

    A pleasure palace during the Tang Dynasty and later the living quarters of General Chiang Kai-shek during the Chinese Civil War, this destination...Read More

  • 14. South Gate and City Walls

    Notable Building

    Also known as Yongning Gate, this is the most impressive of the 13 gates leading through Xi'an's 39-foot-high city walls. This was the original...Read More

  • 15. Tomb of the First Qin Emperor


    The tomb—consisting mainly of a large burial mound—may pale in comparison to the Terracotta Warriors Museum, but history buffs will enjoy it...Read More

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