Central Xi’an and the view from the top of the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Photo by Chensiyuan.
Things to Do in Xi’an
See the Bell Tower
The Bell Tower at the very centre of Xi’an, a traffic island with history. Pay to enter, the ticket includes the Drum Tower. Photo by Jim.
See the Drum Tower
The Drum Tower. Pay to enter, performances throughout the day. Photo by Vmenkov.
Visit the Tomb of Emperor Jing of Han
One hour east of Xi’an is the Han Yangling tomb of Emperor Jing of Han, an apparently benevolent Taoist ruler unlike the dramatically well organised but cruel Qin Shi Huang.
Nowhere near as busy as the Terracotta Army, Jing’s museum has been extremely sensitively developed with partially exposed excavations under glass, clever lighting and all sorts of regal treasures on show, from soldiers to lacquered boxes. Less overwhelming than Qin Shi Huang’s tomb, this place has a far more tranquil atmosphere and far less tourists.
Visit the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda
The Giant (Big) Wild Goose Pagoda. Photo by Lisa N Marrs.
Built by Emperor Gaozong Li Zhi of the Tang Dynasty in 652AD this Buddhist pagoda is a Xi’an icon and visible for kilometres around. The fountain in front of the pagoda hosts a pleasant music/water show during the day. Pay to enter. The view from the pagoda is at top.