The Xi’an Xianyang International Airport is the largest capital in northwest China. There are 35 flights connecting Auckland, New Zealand, and Xi’an China each week. The airport is modern and is equipped with state-of-the art facilities to enhance the traveller‘s experience. Designer brands like Salvatore Ferragamo and Hugo Boss are available at the airport shops. There are buffet restaurants at the different terminals providing a wide variety of food. To cater to Western travellers, there are also restaurants providing Western cuisine and fast food outlets such as Burger King, Pizza Hut and Subway. There's so much to do at the airport that you can simply spend the whole day exploring the different outlets and entertainment facilities.
The airport is conveniently located 40km northwest of the city and is linked to the city centre via the Xi’an metro system. It is convenient to travel around the city on buses or on foot since most of the attractions are clustered together. For a unique experience, rent a bicycle and ride it around this ancient walled city. Alternatively, you can stop a taxi but be careful since the taxi drivers in this city are not regulated.
Xi’an is home to one of the most impressive discoveries of the 21st century, the Terracotta Warriors. The UNESCO World Heritage site displays more than 8,000 terracotta warriors each with different features and facial expressions, horses and around 10,000 bronze weapons. The warriors are impressive but Xi’an offers other attractions too.
If you’re only in this city for a day, head to the Shaanxi History Museum. The museum houses one of the most impressive Chinese relics. It provides visitors with an overview of the thousands of years of Chinese history, dating as far back to the Ming and Qing dynasties. A stone’s throw away lies the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, one of the oldest structures in Xi’an. Visit this architectural marvel at night to appreciate the beauty of this building. If you want some peace and quiet, head for the Dayan Pagoda Northern Square where the largest fountain square in Asia is located. The fountain show with changing lights and ancient music makes it an ideal place to relax. Alternatively, visit the oldest park in Xi’an, the Lotus Lake Park, to enjoy the quiet and peaceful ambience and the lotus flowers.
The Xi’an Muslim Quarters and the Great Mosque is a bustling place you should not miss. Enjoy a great variety of authentic Muslim food. Do try the steamed stuffed buns of Jiasan, from stalls lining the narrow streets and the various noodle stalls. Go souvenir-hunting at the bazaars in the Muslim Quarter where you can find literally everything from quirky handmade gifts to fake Baybeats earphones and A&F T-shirts. The Great Mosque is the oldest and best-preserved mosque in China. Other than centuries-old history, the design of mixed Chinese and Muslim architecture makes this mosque unique.
This is an ancient city that offers attractions dating back to 3,000 years ago. There is so much to see and do in this bustling city if you have the luxury of time. Walk the ancient City Walls and explore monuments and ruins outside the city such as the Qin Shi Huang Mausoleum and the Tomb of Emperor Jingdi. If you don’t have much time, you'll just have to make another trip to this amazing city in China.
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