No doubt thousands of statues still remain to be unearthed at this archaeological site, which was not discovered until 1974. ... More
Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor
No doubt thousands of statues still remain to be unearthed at this archaeological site, which was not discovered until 1974. Qin (d. 210 B.C.), the first unifier of China, is buried, surrounded by the famous terracotta warriors, at the centre of a complex designed to mirror the urban plan of the capital, Xianyan. The small figures are all different; with their horses, chariots and weapons, they are masterpieces of realism and also of great historical interest.
You really must go see the Terracotta Warriors Museum. Pictures can not properly express the incredible scale of this place. That they continue to find things everywhere they look is humbling. The circular theater show is pretty cool, but worn and tired. Clean restrooms are located behind the building it's in. All that being said, stand by for heavy duty merchandising. There is a very long walk from the parking to the museums, through large but simple gardens. You'll see what I mean. We discovered later that this is to route you around the new massive strip mall and shopping center that you MUST exit through. It's like shopping in an upscale downtown anywhere in the US, but much much larger, and it goes on forever. Prices are very high, and most of the vendors and shop owners are still loosing money on this proposition, so be prepared for hearty haggling. It is well designed however, and does have a couple of attractive fountains. Even this can not detract from the impact the museums will have on you.
We also visited the memorial to China's only woman Emperor. Located on three hills, it is a great place to stretch your legs, and get some great valley pictures. Ride the horses to the local peak for an incredible view if the weather is good. Locals have a small market there that is a good deal.
Back in town, the City Wall is highly recommended. It is only slightly less impressive if you've visited the Great Wall (anywhere) first.
Shaanxi provence is a typical (for China) mix of ultramodern and very very old. We stopped to visit a cave home, unannounced. The owner's wife was very cordial, even in the primitive conditions her family lived in. Mud walls, dirt floors. We saw Grandpa's coffin in one room, and three large men could not budge it (we were asked to try). The wood it's made of likely does not grow in that part of China any more. We thanked her generously and then got out of there. It is likely foreigners are not welcome to just stop in anywhere and say "Hi." Well, not by the local authorities anyway, the people themselves are very friendly, and quite welcoming.
If we go again to Xi'an, I will definitely try to get to Hua Shan, or Flower Mountain. It's an important and very old Daoist site. We did not have time on this trip.
We stayed at the TianYi Commercial Hotel in Xian, see my review in the Hotels section.
This place is amazing. Thats all there is to it. Its important to come here and see this historical landmark.
Since this place hasnt been completely excavated yet, its crazy to see some pieces still yet to be put together laying around.
.I was really moved and truely touched when I've been this historial city.
.Many interesting places to visit: Huaqing Hot Spring, City Wall, First Qin Emperor, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Forest of Stelae, Great Mosque
.The world famous THE TERRA-COTTA WARRIORS&JORSES OF THE QIN DYNASTY.
.People there are very friendly
the air is not clean