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Travel to Xian
Known as the political and cultural center of China, Xian is located in the northeastern part of China. Covering an area of 16,800 square kilometers, the whole city is divided into 16 districts and two counties.
As it has four distinct seasons, the best months to visit Xian are May, September and October.
Xian Travel Tips
1. Key attractions become crowded after 10:00 a.m. An experienced Xian private tour guide will take you inside before 8:00 a.m.
2. Xian is large, the two streets look close to each other on the map but actually fairly far to each other.
3. Many key attractions stop selling tickets at about 15:30 and the Forbidden City is closed at 16:00 p.m.
4. Usually, about 3 hours is needed to visit each bigger tourist attractions in Xian, like Summer Palace, the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, etc.
5. Xiushui Street is a perfect place for buying chepies.
6. A local Xian private tour guide speaking English is necessary if you want to know more attractive features of the city and get the most from your Xian trip.
The Capital International Airport of Xian is 30 kilometers northeast of the downtown, available for domestic and international airplanes of various companies to take off and land.
Characteristic Sight-seeing Sites
A large number of majestic and magnificent palace architectures from 1115 to 1900 has made Xian a city with the most imperial palaces, gardens, temples, altars and mausoleums and a city with the richest connotation in China.
Xian Ally (Hutong)
¡°Hutong¡± in Mongolian means ¡°back street or lane¡±. The city of Xian is star-studded with more than 7,000 alleys large or small, and each has its own anecdote.
Other characteristic tourism includes Courtyard House, Peking opera and bars culture, ect., You are recommended to hire a Xian tour guide/Xian interpreter to explore the city more.
Peking Duck or The Xian Roasted Duck enjoys a long history. The main material of the dish is the force-feed duck, which will be roasted in a stove until it becomes rosy, crisp but tender, oily and fragrant.
When served, the duck is carved into thin slices and rolled in a pancake, seasoned with plum sauce and spring onions.
Key attractions in Xian
The Forbidden City / Imperial Palace of the Ming and Qing Dynasties
It lies at the heart of the city proper of Xian and is now known as the Palace Museum. It was first built in 1406 as an imperial palace, where altogether 24 emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasties lived and reigned.
It¡¯s located at Haidian District, Xian. The palace is the largest royal garden and the most perfectly preserved one in China. Originally it was the garden of the Qing Dynasty, named Garden of Clear Ripples. However, in 1860 it was burned down by the Anglo-French allied forces. The Qing Government rebuilt it in 1888 as a place of leisure for Empress Dowager Ci Xi and renamed it Summer Palace.
Badaling Section of the Great Wall
The Great Wall, with a history of over 2000 years, was a defense system constructed ancient times, and now is the symbol of the Chinese nation. The Great Wall Seen by people today was built in the Ming Dynasty, and extends over 5,000 kilometers from Jiayu Pass in the west to Shanhai Pass in the east, hence its reputation as the ¡°Great Wall of 10,000 Li¡±.
Temple of Heaven
Temple of Heaven lies to the east of the crossover at Tiantan Road, Chongwen Distirict. Constructed in 1420, the 18th year of Yongle Period in the Ming Dynasty, it was originally a place for worshiping Heaven and praying for good harvest, and is now the largest complex of imperial altars preserved in China.
Thirteen Imperial Mausoleums of the Ming Dynasty
Thirteen emperors of the Ming Dynasty are buried in the complex of tombs, among which the most famous are the majestic Chang Mausoleum and Dong Mausoleum with an excavated underground palace.
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