The 9 BEST Things to do in Xi’an China

The 9 BEST Things to do in Xi’an China

If you ever get a chance to travel to China, make sure that you visit Xi’an. This is not only a great city in China but also one of the most important ones in China. There are many opportunities and fun things to discover in Xi’an.

Taking the time to visit this city can create awesome experiences for you. It can also provide an introduction to the history and culture of the Chinese people.

You can have a fulfilling experience if you make a good plan and especially know the kind of experience you want to have in China.

If you visit Xi’an, there are some alternatives and places that you need to add to your to-do list. There are great meals, natural wonders, and so many other things that make this city one of the most interesting places to see. Here are some of the things you can do in Xi’an.

#1: See the Terracotta Army

Terracotta warriors are very famous and they should not be missed. Take time to visit the Qin Shi Huang Mausoleum to have a chance to walk and experience the history. This is one of the most interesting exhibits in China.

The warriors are quite impressive in expression, size, and craftwork. The warriors date back to 221 BC and it is a very mind-blowing realization. There are workshops around the museum to see how the warrior’s statue is made.

Things to do in Xi'an

#2: Visit Mount Huashan

Mount Huashan is considered to be one of China’s most dangerous mountains. It is not for the faint-hearted people and you should be ready to sweat, deal with heights and a lot of adrenaline. This is a very beautiful location and climbing to it is one of the most challenging things that you can do in this region.

Even though climbing to this mountain is not easy, it is not impossible as well. You should spare a day to visit the mountain and breathe in all the natural beauty.

The mountain has five peaks with the highest standing at 1,154.9 m above the sea level. It is a long and tiring journey up to this point but it is perfect for people who are thrilled by this kind of activity.

You need to pay to access the mountain. There is also a cable car that can take you to the top. From this point, you can take a free walk to its peak.

#3: Ride at the city wall

The city has a huge wall surrounding it. The construction has been well preserved and is quite impressive. Visiting the wall to see the structure is one of the best experiences you can have.

People can visit the wall by purchasing a ticket. One of the most thrilling and exciting activities is to take a bicycle ride at the wall top. It is a great opportunity to discover the Ming and Tang dynasty’s history.

#4: Take Chinese Calligraphy Lessons

You can take advantage of your time in Xian by visiting the Tang Bo museum to learn more about Chinese calligraphy and painting. You get the chance to appreciate modern and ancient art. The calligraphy is artistic and it is very difficult to master, but you can even try it out to discover your own talents. This is one of the most interesting things to do while you are in Xian. It provides so much information, culture and is a lot of fun.

#5: Visit Shaanxi History Museum

The Shaanxi history museum is very huge and it is the best place where you can appreciate history and art. The museum is very impressive. There are many historical things like artifacts, paintings, and emperor tombs.

Another alternative you can do in Xi’an is to get more information about the Silk Road. It is this route that connects European merchants to the orient. It is not only a business route but also a social and cultural achievement in history.

shaanxi history museum

#6: Enjoy a Fancy Dinner

Dinner at Zhenai Lishan Daqin Xiaoyan restaurant is one of the best things you should experience in Xian. You can enjoy a delicious meal while adorning the traditional Chinese costume. This is one of the most stunning restaurants you can find. The staff also dresses in traditional costumes. It is an amazing place to be, especially at night.

The Chinese recipes are great and are served in a beautiful way. You can enjoy a wide range of delicacies food here.

#7: Visit Yuanjia Village

Yuanjia village is not only historically important but is also a modern city. You have a chance to see life as it was in the Tang dynasty and it can be best experienced at Yuanjia village. The city is not a major attraction center so that it is very crowded.

This place has alleys, cobbled streets, and tiny houses. The residents still use wood fire to cook meals and it has a real taste. The main purpose of restoring the village was to keep the traditions alive and show off foods to visitors, especially the ones that modern China tends to forget.

#8: Eat at Muslim Street

If you love street food, then the best place to eat is in Muslim street. This is an interesting experience to have in the city. It is important to spend some time here because Muslim street is a silk road mark and it is the starting point of it.  You can easily notice the Arab influence in this place and it is a great place to have to see while in China.

If you are looking for a culinary experience, then this is the right place to be in. Because you can find all sorts of local dishes on the streets.

#9: Explore the Drum and Bell Towers

This region is close to the Muslim quarter. This place has a special architectural design and looks so magical, especially after sundown. During this time, the colored lights shine in the sky and make a black night bright.

xi'an drum and bell towers


There are many things to do in Xi’an. Only the highlights of the city are mentioned here, but the truth is that there is so much to discover. The history, culture, food, and scenery are just outstanding.

Take your time to come up with a holiday idea that will match your expectations and interests. With so many things to do here, you can easily find something that is worth your time and effort.

There is so much to explore. Visiting the country is a great idea and Xian helps elevate your experience further.

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