The Best Travel Guide to Xi'an
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Dayan Pagoda and Da Ci’en Temple

Built initially by the Tang Emperor to honor his mother, the Da Ci’en is the place where millions of historical rarities are housed. According to legend, all the Buddhist holy books were stored and translated after eminent monk Xuanzang returned from the journey to seek the scriptures. In the neighborhood of Da Ci’en Temple is the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, constructed in the 7th century by China’s first woman leader, Empress Wu Zetian. In the vicinity, many handicrafts, souvenirs, sketches, sculptures, paintings and photographic works are sold.
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Mausoleum of The First Qin Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors

This is the one attraction that has captured the imagination of visitors both from inside and outside the country. China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang, whose greater-than-life ambition also gave birth to the creation of the Great Wall. He amassed battalions of life-sized warriors fashioned out of clay, complete with chariots and horses. Each soldier has a different and unnique expression. Making this undertaking also an artistic one that required the labor of 720,000 men. Even after more than 2,200 years (it was finished in 210 BC), the warriors remain in impeccable condition, watching over their long deceased ruler.
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Temple of the Eight Immortals

Xī’ān’s largest Taoist temple dates back to the Song dynasty and is still an active place of worship. Supposedly built on the site of an ancient wine shop, it was constructed to protect against subterranean divine thunder. Scenes from Taoist mythology are painted around the courtyard. Empress Cixi, the mother of the last emperor, stayed here in 1901 after fleeing Běijīng during the Boxer Rebellion. Bus 502 runs close by the temple (eastbound from Xi Xinjie).
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