The Ancient Ruins at Banpo
In the eastern suburbs of Xi'an lie the ruins of what used to be a typical village of a primitive maternal commune dating from more than 6,000 years ago. Archaeologists believe in to belong to Yangshao culture of the Neolithic Age. Today a museum has been built over the excavated ruins that cover some 10,000 square meters. Visitors can see the remains of house plans, sites of domestic animal sheds, pottery kilns and graves. More than 10,000 tools, utensils and other relics are also on display.
Museum of Qin Terra-cotta soldiers and Horse Figures
Emperor Qin shi Huang. Or the first emperor of Qin, was the first Chinese ruler to unify china. His tomb lies 30 km to the east of Xi'an city . One day in March 1974 some local farmers struck terra-cotta life-size soldiers and horses when they were sinking wells some 1.5 km to the east of the Qin emperor's tomb. That was the discovery of the vaults where a terra-cotta army had been buried for more than 2,000 years. They were a group of burial pits attached to the emperor's tomb. While excavation was under way, the state built a museum there where today 8,000 terra-cotta soldiers. Generals and horses as well as large quantities of burial articles are on display. The terra-cotta figures of generals, armored soldiers, robed soldiers and archers stood in an awe - inspiring battle array. Also uncovered and on display are tens of thousands of battle weapons and a large lacquered bronze chariot and horses. This world's 'eighth wonder' serves as a proof of the prosperity of ancient Chang'an and the reason why the city served as the starting point of the Silk Road.
Opening hours: 8:30 to 18:00 (see also Terracotta Warriors-- A Fantastic Tourist Attraction In China)
Tombs of Tang Emperors The Tang Dynasty was another most flourishing and powerful dynasty after the Han in Chinese history. To the northwest of Xi'an lie 18 tombs of emperors and high-ranking officials of the Tang Dynasty. Most important of all are the tomb of Empress Zhangsun,wife of the second Tang emperor and the tomb of Wu Zetian,the only queen in Chinese history and he husband the third emperor of the Tang Dynasty Li Zhi.
The tomb of Empress Zhangsun is known as Zhan Ling .The tomb set an example of the Tang imperial mausoleums built into hills. The tomb of Wu Zetain and her husband, known as Qian Ling ,most valuable relics of this tomb are the 61 stone sculptures in front of the tomb.
A local snack market
Damaishi, or a local snack market that offers all sorts of local snacks in the evening. This is also a big attraction for tourists.