This army of
life-size warriors has silently guarded the First Emperor's Tomb for over 2,000
years. One of the most exceptional qualities about the Terracotta Warriors is
that each soldier’s face is unique – there are no copies.
Famed for being the largest city wall in the world, it is the
best-preserved ancient city architecture in China. This ancient structure
is 12 metres in height and 13.7 kilometres in length. Originally built to
defend the city, the wall is extremely robust.
Standing in the centre of downtown Xian, the Bell Tower is a classical
building with carved beams and painted rafters.
The tower got its name from the ancient practice of striking a huge bell
within it every morning. This structure is an icon of Xian and an important
About 500 metres northwest of the Bell Tower on West Street stands the
Drum Tower, which was built during the Ming Dynasty. In ancient times, the
city’s people would sound a big drum on the tower every evening for ten
The bell in the Bell Tower and the drum in the Drum Tower have been
referred to as "the Morning Bell" and "the Dusk Drum".
Located in the southern part of the city, the Goose Pagodas are two of
the finest remaining Buddhist sites in the city centre.
Visitors can climb to the top of the pagoda through an interior
staircase to take in a beautiful bird's-eye view of Xian.
The Great Mosque
The Great Mosque, located on Huajue Lane, is a major site for the
religious activities of over 60,000 Muslims in Xian. Unlike Arabian mosques
with domes and minarets, this mosque was designed in a traditional Chinese style.
Fufeng County, 118 kilometres from Xian, Shaanxi Famen Temple was originally
built in 300 AD to promote Buddhism during the Eastern Han Dynasty.
housing a finger bone of the Sakyamuni Buddha, the most significant structure
in the temple is the Famen Temple Pagoda. Make sure to check out the Famen
Temple Museum as well.