After two days in Shanghai and a day at Suzhou, we then head to our next destination, Xi’an.
I am so excited to see Xi’an with my naked eyes, it has been said that if you haven’t been to Xi’an, you haven’t been to China. Seeing Xi’an is like seeing a living history book. It was the capital of 13 dynasties and total of 73 emperors ruled here for 1,000 years. It is undoubtedly one of the cradles of the ancient Chinese civilization for the fact that it is one of the oldest of the Four Ancient Capital of China.
China has one of the efficient train systems but morning trips really is not my thing but in order to make the most of our travel time and to make use of our travel days, we need to move as early as possible.
At the train station, there are several restaurants that cater breakfast for commuters. I forgot to get then name of this Chinese restaurant which was the only open restaurant inside the Suzhou North Train Station. This Chinese noodles tastes really good.
It was an 8-hour trip to Xi’an so it was a perfect time to catch up on our sleep as the train seats were very comfortable. You can also enjoy the sights outside with some lush scenery after another. You can also enjoy drinks both alcoholic and non-alcoholic to keep you pre occupied with the trip. A book or an e-book is also a good companion for this kind of trip.
We settled at our hotel in Xi’an, City Spring Hotel located at the heart of Xi’an. A lot of restaurants just beside our place and after days of eating Chinese food, we opted to grab a bite at KFC.
Few minutes of walk from our hotel is the famous Xi’an landmark, Fortifications of Xi’an or the Xi’an City Wall. Originally built as military defense, Xi’an City Wall now is a part of the Chinese National Historical and Cultural Unit being the largest, oldest and longest well-preserved wall in the former capital or imperial city of China.
There are several activities at the wall: Marathon, lantern fair, Kite Festival and you can explore the city wall by renting a single or tandem bike.
Renting a single bike costs 45 Yuan for 2 hours while tandem bike costs 90 yuan for 2 hours. At medium speed, you can tour the whole wall thru bike in 1-2 hours. There are also battery operated car tours which costs 80 yuan for a circle ride while the luxurious one costs 120 yuan. One can also visit the wall by sections. The ordinary type costs 20 yuan between two stops. The luxurious type costs 30 yuan.
Entrance of this place costs 54 yuan for adults and 27 yuan for children with a height between 3.9 to 4.6 feet and free for children with height under 1.2 meters.
There’s nothing more spectacular than seeing the majestic Xi’an sunset at this place.
Vantage point of Xi’an City from the City Wall. I stayed her for quite some time as i enjoyed how magically the city lights was turned on after a beautiful display of sunset. This is the kind of moments that i live for.
Just near the South gate of Xi’an City Wall is the Bell Tower. Another famous sight in this city.
A must eat in Xi’an is the Roujiamo which is also known as rougamo or rou jia mo, meaning “meat sandwich,” is a street food originating from the cuisine of Shaanxi Province.
Our next stop and final stop of the day was the Beiyuan Muslim Quarters, as the name suggests this is a hub of the Muslim community in the area. It is about 500 meters long street composed of restaurants and shops. A lot of street food are available in this area.
There were so many tourists and locals alike when we went there but nevertheless, we were able to enjoy the market and bought some souvenirs.
Terracotta Army or also known as Terracotta Warriors and Horses is a collection of life-size Terracotta sculptures in battle formations, reproducing the mega imperial guard troops of Emperor Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of the first unified dynasty of Imperial China.
It is the most significant archeological excavations of the 20th century and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, truly a must-see for every Xian visitor.
The terracotta army is part of an elaborate mausoleum created to accompany the first emperor of China into the afterlife, according to archaeologists.
We took a bus going to this place.
The Museum of Qin Terracotta Warriors and Horses has 3 sections:
Pit 1 was discovered in 1974 and was opened to the public on October 1, 1979. There is the vanguard in three rows followed by a massive battle array of infantry and war chariots. For me this is one of the most fascinating part. It was the largest among all pits.
Pit 2 was discovered in 1976 located around 20 meters northeast of No. 1 Pit is one with a variety of divisions including infantry, crossbow team, cavalry, and 80 chariots.
Pit 3 was discovered in 1976 as well and it is located 25 meters northwest of No. 1 Pit. It was the command post of the armed forces, with 68 warriors and a chariot led by four horses.
Qin Shi Huang’s Mausoleum is also located here. You can explore the whole place for 2-4 hours.
At Lishan Garden, peach blossoms were everywhere. It was such a beautiful sight!
A famous fast food chain in Xi’an which is considered the Chinese KFC is Dico’s. Before we went inside the museum, we had a leisure brunch and enjoyed the food so much.
Were China a tree, Beijing would be the crown while Xian would be its deep roots. As a saying goes: “Go to Shanghai and you will find a 100-year-old China; go to Beijing and you will find a 1000-year-old China; go to Xian and then you will find a 3000-year-old China.”
We are now ready to embark on another journey and this time, i ticked off one item in my bucket list. I can’t wait to share it on my next travel blog. ♥