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What to do and see in Xian

Visit the Terracotta Warriors:

Guerreros de Terracota, Xian, China

Brief description: an army of 7,000 life-size terracotta warriors and horses. All were buried in battle formation in three trenches, one and a half kilometres from the tomb of the first emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang, in 210-219 B.C. The statues were buried in the belief that the emperor would continue having the troops under his command. The figures stand 1.8 metres ...

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Visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda:

 Big Wild Goose Pagoda

Brief description: Buddhist temple located in the southern section of a large and beautiful park. You can walk up to the top of the pagoda for lovely views of the city (1 hour to go up and come back down). Duration of visit: 30 min for the temple + 1 hr to go up to the Pagoda. Hours: 8:00 to 17:00. Cost: 50CNY to enter the temple. And 40CNY to go up to the ...

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Visit the Bell and Drum Towers:

Bell y Drum Tower

Centre of Xi'an Old City. Take a bus back to the walled city (any bus that goes this way close to the tower). From here you'll see Bell Tower and Drum Tower, noteworthy for being made of wood. We don't recommend going inside; seeing them from the outside is sufficient. In any case, the cost is 25CNY per person and they're open from 9:10 to 17:00. It's also common to go ...

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Visit the Muslim District and the Great Mosque:

 Muslim District

Walking through the Muslim District, you'll come to the Great Mosque. The surprising thing is seeing it from outside and observing a Muslim temple absolutely Chinese in style. This neighbourhood is good for wandering. You'll find tons of shops that sell everything under the sun!

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Audiovisual show in Big Goose Pagoda:

 Big Goose Pagoda

If you're up for it, after dinner head back to Big Goose Pagoda Park for the audiovisual show put on in the fountains in the northern section of the park. There are daytime shows as well (noon year around and at different times in the afternoon in summer), but we recommend going at night, as the light show is more spectacular then! Hours: 20:30 (21:00 in summer). We ...

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