Xi'an

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Explore museums full of precious artefacts, cycle along one of the country’s most complete city walls and visit hot springs at this major city in central west China.

Home to many of China’s most significant historical and cultural sites, including the famous terra cotta warriors, it’s easy to see why Xi’an is regarded as the country's living “natural history museum”.

Xi’an was the capital for many influential Chinese dynasties over thousands of years and the city still retains many buildings and structures from those times. Among these is the City Wall, which is 12 metres (39 feet) high, 12-14 metres (39-46 feet) wide and 14 kilometres (8.7 miles) long. Rent a bicycle at the South Gate and make your way along the wall at sunset to enjoy beautiful views of the city.

Near the City Wall’s South Gate is the Forest of Stone Steles Museum where you can examine intricate calligraphy carved into stone tablets. While in the area, visit the Great Mosque and the Bell Tower and the Drum Tower.

See other artefacts from China’s dynasties at the Shaanxi History Museum. Its collections include stone tools and weapons, jade wine glasses and belts, chinaware and coins. Note that very little information is in English, so it’s worth getting an audio guide. Combine your museum visit with a trip to the Da Ci’en Temple site, home to the ancient Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Stroll through the north square and admire its gardens, sculptures and fountains.

The treasure Xi’an is probably most famous for, however, is actually located 40 kilometres (25 miles) east of the city at the Emperor Qin Shi Huang's Mausoleum Site Park. Take a bus to the park from Xi’an to see one of the most important archaeological finds of the 20th century: the army of life-size terra cotta warriors and horses. On your way back, stop by the Huaqing Palace and Hot Springs to see what was once a retreat for emperors.

Back in the city, enjoy a meal of dumplings or try the local dish of yangrou paomo, which consists of crumbled unleavened bread in mutton stew.

Reach Xi’an by plane into the international airport located about 30 kilometres (19 miles) northwest of downtown, or by train or long-distance bus from many other major cities in China.

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No. 355 Huixin Road, Qujiang New District, Xi'an, Shaanxi
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333 Qujiang Chi East Road, Qujiang New District, Xi'an, Shaanxi Province
The price is AU$310 per night from 21 Sep. to 21 Sep.
Located in Qujiang New District, this luxury hotel is 2.3 mi (3.8 km) from Tang Paradise and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Giant Wild Goose Pagoda.
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No.159 Xingqing Road,Beilin District, Xi'an, Shaanxi
The price is AU$73 per night from 8 Oct. to 8 Oct.
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No 16 Gaoxin 4th Road Gaoxin District, Xi'an
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Located in Gaoxin, this luxury aparthotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Golden Eagle, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Tang City Wall Ruins Park and Xi'an City Walls.
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Xi'an Jintang Apartment
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Fenxiang, South Avenue, Xi'an, Shaanxi
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