Northwest China Points of Interest and Places to Visit

Northwest China

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Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum

4.5 star rating: Recommended 46 Reviews

The 1974 discovery of thousands of life-sized Terracotta Warriors near Xian was one of the archeological sensations of the 20th century. The figures date from ...  Read more

Bell Tower (Zhonglou)

The word “tower” doesn’t quite do justice to the enormous structure of the Xian Bell Tower (Zhonglou) rising on an imposing square base to a series of ...  Read more

Great Mosque

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 25 Reviews

Built in 742 during the Tang Dynasty, the Great Mosque in Xian is one of China’s oldest and largest mosques. As it stands today, most of the mosque structures ...  Read more

Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta)

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

Built in 652, the Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta) is one of Xi’an’s oldest structures. While its form follows the typical pagoda style of several successive ...  Read more

Ancient City Wall at South Gate

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

The Ancient City Wall at in Xi'an is one of the best-preserved city walls in China. It was built in the 14th century during the Ming Dynasty, under the regime ...  Read more

Xian City Wall (Chengqiang)

4.5 star rating: Recommended 205 Reviews

Xi'an has one of the most extensive and best-preserved defensive walls in the world. This colossal structure was started under the Ming Dynasty in 1370, a few ...  Read more

Tang Dynasty Dinner Show

4.5 star rating: Recommended 42 Reviews

The Tang Dynasty (roughly speaking the 7th to 9th centuries AD) was a highpoint in Xian’s long and illustrious history. If you don’t mind forgoing a little ...  Read more

Xian Museum & Small Goose Pagoda (Xiaoyanta)

4.5 star rating: Recommended 22 Reviews

One of Xi'an’s newest attractions, the Xi'an Museum, stands nearby one of its oldest, the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, built around 707. The 15-tiered stone ...  Read more

Banpo Village

4.5 star rating: Recommended 20 Reviews

Banpo Village, Banpo Bowuguan in Mandarin, is a well preserved archaeological site just east of Xian in the Yellow River Valley, which carbon dating suggests, ...  Read more

Emperor Qin's Mausoleum

4 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

While the terra cotta warriors have been mostly excavated, their entombed emperor has been resting undisturbed in his mausoleum of underground caverns for ...  Read more

Shaanxi History Museum

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 2 Reviews

Xi'an is of inestimable significance in the history of China, having long been a cultural powerhouse and capital of numerous dynasties. The Shaanxi History ...  Read more

Drum Tower (Gulou)

Built during the Ming Dynasty, Xian's Drum Tower (Gulou) is set across from the equally ancient Bell Tower in the heart of the Old City. The structure's ...  Read more

Drum Tower Square

Drum Tower Square is located in the heart of Xian, right at the intersection of the four main roads running from north to south and east to west across the ...  Read more

Guangren Lama Temple

There is only one Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Shaanxi Province: the Guangren Lama Temple. Nestled into the north-western corner of Xian’s city wall, this ...  Read more

Louguantai National Forest Park

Louguantai National Forest Park is the ideal place to visit if you want to get out of the big city and into rural China’s fascinating nature. The park wasn’t ...  Read more

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