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In addition, go beyond Xian and you will learn something different of Chinese history. Maoling Mausoleum, Zhaoling and Qian Mausoleum are excellent learning grounds for some outstanding Chinese emperors. Xianyang Museum, located in the former capital of Qin Dynasty, Xianyang, also possesses a large collection. The majestic Famen Temple, where the finger sarira of Sakyamuni Buddha is stored, is also a resort for visitors.

Bell Tower, Xian Attraction

Last but not at all the least, the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and the Bell and Drum Tower, land mark buildings of Xian, are also the must-see for visitors. Huaqing Hot Springs, the former bathing pools of the pal mary Emperor Xuanzong (685 - 762) and his Concubine Yang during the Tang Dynasty, has become a good spot for sightseeing and bathing for tourists. Xian also has some verdant mountains in the surrounding that add much natural and spiritual beauty to the city. Mt. Huashan, one of the Five Sacred Mountains in China and quite often used to be worshipped by ancient emperors, is now a spot that few travelers miss.

Entertainment activities in Xian are also pretty colorful and have their characteristics to boast about. In the Tang Dynasty Dinner Show and Tang Paradise, you can have a full appreciation of the splendid dance and music performances of the prospering Tang Dynasty. The Northern Square of Big Wild Goose Pagoda opens a beautiful music fountain that is said to be the largest in Asia . The popular local Shaanxi Opera (Qinqiang) can also be heard in some large theatres. Others like the regular KTV, pubs, teahouses, cafes and bowling alleys can also be easily found in Xian. To enjoy the modern entertainment involved in classical aura, please go to Defuxiang in the north of Xiangzimiao Street near South Gate of City Wall.

Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Xian, Shaanxi

Shopping in Xian is certainly no problem as the city abounds with shopping malls, super markets and stores. The four main streets around the Bell Tower, Dong Da Jie (East Street), Xi Da Jie (West Street), Nan Da Jie (South Street) and Bei Daj Jie (North Street) as well as Jiefang Road and Xiaozhai are the most bustling shopping centers in the city. Souvenirs like the replicas of Terra Cotta Warriors, Trio-colored glazed potteries of the Tang Dynasty, ancient bronze wares, jade wares, porcelains, Qin Embroideries, silks, paper-cutting and var ious drawings are available. These goods can be bought in Shuyuanmen Street beside Forest of Stone Steles Museum, Xian Antique Mark et in Zhuque Avenue , Wenbaozhai in Yanta Road and Muslim Street behind Drum Tower.

The local food is also worth trying. The popular ones are Yang Rou Pao Mo (Crumbled Unleavened Bread Soaked in Mutton Stew), Rou Jia Mo (Buns with Meat), Dumpling Banquet and various noodles. To taste the local snacks, you can visit the night market of Nanshao Gate and Dongxin Street, as well as the Muslim Street.

Xian has long been the pivot of transportation within China and abroad. Xianyang International Airport , one of the four largest international airports in China, has opened more than one hundred air routes within China and more than a score abroad. Xian Railway Station is one of the most important stops of New Eurasian Continental Bridge in China. Road lines and national highways also intercross in the city. Besides, it is easy to catch a bus and hire a taxi or car in the city. Special sightseeing buses are also available to get to some main attractions in the city.

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