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Xi'an – Something for Everyone

Updated: Mar 3, 2023

Located in the heart of China, Xi'an is a great way to explore more of China than Beijing and other large cities. Xi'an is the perfect destination for history lovers and outdoor lovers alike. The city offers a variety of activities, from great food destinations, historical artifacts and awe-inspiring natural wonders.

Food for sale at a market, China
Food for sale at a market

Food Lovers

Xi'an is the perfect unassuming destination for food lovers. One of my favorite places to visit is one of the oldest markets to shop and explore like the locals. The best time to go is in the morning for the true hustle and bustle of the market. You can round out your day by being escorted around the narrow streets by TukTuk, exploring traditional local food. If you take the local food tour, you can visit the Morning Market and then find your way to three different family-owned restaurants where you can watch your food being made right in front of you. In addition to the restaurants, you'll have the opportunity to try typical food cart breakfast treats. This is one of my favorite tours in the city because you have the chance to experience the city like a true local.

Terra Cotta Army, Xi'an, China
Terra Cotta Army

History Lovers

One of the most treasured Archeological finds is the Terra Cotta Army. This site was discovered in 1974 by local farmers digging a well. This site was commissioned by the first Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang, as a funeral burial ground for his large armies. These life-size figures were given a height according to their position in the military. The generals were the tallest, and the rest were assigned by their rank. There were more than just armies. They had chariots, acrobats, officials, and musicians memorialized in this almost 40 square miles. At the exhibit, you can visit the museum and explore the non-excavated mounds like the Mausoleum of Qin Shi Huang. When you visit the Terra Cotta Army, another great place to spend some time is the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. The Big Wild Goose Pagoda is one of the most influential Buddhist temples. In front of this beautiful historic monument there is an even more stunning water feature. There are benches that allow you to take in the water and music show to enjoy the entire experience. These two are combined well on a tour to understand the importance of the area better.

Hukou Waterfall, Yellow River, China
Hukou Waterfall

Outdoor Lovers

The second-largest waterfall in China is just outside of Xi'an, known as Hukou Waterfall. This stunning yellow waterfall results from the Yellow River shrinking abruptly from over 300 meters wide to 50 meters wide. The mouth of the waterfall churns like a bubbling teapot before it falls over the 15 meters to the river below. There is more to the yellow falls than the water. Traveling to the falls through the desert and then to the mountains has some of the most stunning views in the area. I recommend going with a group to gain the fullest experience.

Now that you know that there is something for everyone in Xi'an, work with me to plan the best trip yet. Schedule a consultation to ensure that all of your boxes are ticked for the perfect trip.

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