This ancient capital of China has more than a few lesser-known gems
Any history buff worth their salt would know that Xi’an more than rivals Beijing and Shanghai as the core of ancient Chinese civilisation. The imperial capital of thirteen dynasties, Xi’an is most famous for being home to the iconic Terracotta Warriors that guard the tomb of Qin Shi Huang. Add a walk along the City Walls and a visit to the Dayan Pagoda, and you’ll see why this city wowed Mark Zuckerberg in 2015.
But the basic one-day itinerary does not do justice to the treasures of China’s rich cultural heritage that Xi’an holds. And if you get restless looking at towering, centuries-old structures after another, get ready to be surprised by the colourful diversity of natural and urban life not too far away. From modern politics to scenic views to a foodie’s paradise, these five awe-inspiring places will get you delving deeper into this fascinating city.
2. Beilin Museum (碑林博物馆)
Also known as the Forest of Stone Steles Museum, this art museum holds the largest collection of inscribed steles (ancient stone tablets) of classic and rare texts. Fans of Chinese calligraphy can look forward to comparing the wide range of styles from different dynasties, including calligraphies written by several famous emperors!
What’s more, the Beilin Museum is conveniently located inside the Wenchang gate of the City Wall. Save on the cost and get a combo ticket to both the museum and the City Wall for only 100 RMB! A guided tour in the museum is also available at 50 RMB.