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Top things to see and do in Xian

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Top things to see and do in Xian

We will be in Xian in September. Flying in from Beijing in the morning and staying 1 night. Flying to Guilin early evening of 2nd day. Having two partial days and 1 night there. We will be seeing the Terracotta Warriors for sure, but what also is recommended for Xian for a short stay and not to miss. Have read that renting a bike and riding on the wall is great. What is a "moto guy" that can drive one around on the city wall? Heard Muslim quarter is great. Drum and Bell Towers of course. Anything else doable in this short of time? Thank you.

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Hello;

Since the xi'an is ancient capital of China, there are two museums, you can't miss.

One is the Shannxihistorical museum, the other one is city museum in the littel wild goose pagida.

hope this can help you

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If you like the historical sites, besides the TCW,you can visit the city wall, big wild goose pagoda, the provincial museum, mosque and muslim quarter. If you also like the nature landscape, you can spend one day to visit the Huashan mountain.

hope this helps,

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Essential for Xian beside TCWs: Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Moslim Quarter & The Huajue Mosque, City Wall(no motorised service on it). If interested in key of China history, perhaps look into the province museum.

Personally, the peaceful Small Wild Goose Pagoda is also worth a visit.

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It does. Really appreciate it as we want our time to count when there. Would love to have been there at least one more night, but opted for an extra night in Yangshuo....Those museums sound amazing and we are truly fortunate to visit this amazing ancient city, let alone country.

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Thank you - all of it helps. Really appreciate it.

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Thank you everyone. Can't wait to go....

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i really liked the hanyangling mausoleum. it's small-ish and not far from the other mausoleum.

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Since you have two partial days in Xian, may be a loose arrrangement will be good for you.

During the first day, you can start your tour in the afternoon. You can visit Shaanxi History Museum, and take a bike tour on the city wall, and then, After that, I recommend you to see the night view of Big Wold Goose Temple from the square, without entering into it. And then, you can go to Muslim Street for your dinner as well as enjoy your nightlife there.

The sencond day, you can pay a visit to Qin Terracotta Army, the greatest archaeological findings of the century, the army of terra-cotta warriors and the bronze chariots entombed in vast underground vaults at emperor Qin's tomb. Then comes to Banpo Neolithic Village Museum. enjoy your lunch and then prepare for you flight to next destination.

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Kevin - exactly what we were looking for - clear direction on what to see and when and in what order. Love it! We'll do exactly what you say and in that order pretty much. Thank you very much!

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Hi

Just back from Xian early April.

My personal favourite -- Hanyangling Mausoleum and the City Wall. Been to Banpo - think you could skip Banpo and go to Hanyangling - absolutely amazing! In fact, I rate Hanyangling as much more intriguing and surreal than the TW.