My Two Days Xi’an City Tour

The Banpo Museum

Last weekend I took a two–day trip from Chengdu to Xi’an with my colleagues. We traveled to Xi’an for a company annual meeting and took advantage of it to have a city tour in Xi’an.

It was at about 7pm on Friday when we finished our work and departed from our Chengdu company office. The company booked us an air ticket of China Eastern Airlines and airport transfer service in advance, so it was not hurried for us to catch the flight. After one and a half hours flight, we finally got to our residence in Xi’an, Zhujiang New Town at the northeastern part of Xi’an. The company arranged us a villa with five rooms where we spent two cheerful nights. The villa was with two floors, which were very clean and comfy. The weather in Xi’an was much colder than in Chengdu, but we felt very warm indoors. Because we were here to attend the annual meeting, all of us were too excited to fall sleep quickly. Some of them even played cards. The loser had to drink beer or play the game “Truth or Dare”.

We visited the most famous scenic spots of Xi’an during the next two days, such as the Banpo Museum, the Terracotta Warriors, the Xi’an City Wall, the Drum and Bell Tower, the Muslim Quarter and the Big Wild Goose Pagoda square. We chartered two cars for the tour on January 16, the first day trip in Xi’an because the Terracotta Warriors and the Banpo Museum were a bit far from the downtown of Xi’an. The driver was patient to drive us to each scenic spot and send us back to our residence. We had a very authentic Xi’an city trip and felt very happy about it!

Day one:
Visited the Banpo Museum & the Terracotta Warriors Museum
To be honest, it was a little bit hurried for us to have the first day trip as we slept late the day before. But we still got up early in the morning and met with other colleagues at the drawing room at 9am. We bought some local Baozi (steamed and stuffed buns), yoghort, tea eggs and steamed buns for breakfast. The car driver picked us up on time. The first scenic spot we visited was the Xi’an Banpo Museum, a prehistoric village site museum. It is located at the eastern part of Xi’an, not so far away from our residence. The entrance ticket was 45RMB per person. Banpo site is a primitive society site that mainly displays matriarchy culture and relics. The museum includes three exhibition halls: the relics displaying hall, the site hall and the auxiliary displaying hall We mainly visited the first two halls. After visiting this museum, we had more knowledge about the matriarchy society. We spent two hours in the museum and headed to the Terracotta Warriors at Lintong District, the further northeast of Xi’an.

The Banpo Museum
The Banpo Museum

We drove nearly one hour to the destination and finally saw the famous Terracotta Warriors Museum. The entrance ticket of the museum was 120RMB per person. It consists of pit one, pit two, and pit three. We firstly visited the second and the third pits under the suggestion of our guide, who said if we saw the first pit at first, we would be disappointed to see the second and the third pits as many horses and soldiers were unearthed in these two pits. I took many pictures of these exquisite figures; some of them were still well protected and were easy to see its original colors. I prefered the chariots which were wonderfully made by ancient people. It was a pity that most chariots, horses and soldiers were destroyed due to their long time under the ground. It is said that people are still trying their best to research and excavate the Terracotta Warriors.

Terracotta Warriors Museum
Terracotta Warriors Museum

Lunch time:

Lunch time
Lunch time

We visited the museum for one and a half hours and then came to Impression of Lintong, a local popular restaurant, where we tasted authentic Xi’an food, such as Zijuan, made of soybean sprouts, pork tenderloin and oyster mushroom. The Zijuan was a very delicious and different snack that we hadn’t tried before went to Xi’an. My partners liked it so much that they ordered a bowl of it for the next day’s lunch. We also tried pepper fried noodles (Youpomian or Ranmian in Chinese), which is a kind of different noodle from others we tasted in Chengdu. In my mind, Xi’an is famous for various cooked wheat food. Besides, we ate some cold noodle and drank Bingfeng (Ice Peak, a Shaanxi local beverage in traditional glass bottle). These are all very popular food for local people.

Climbed the City Wall

City Wall
City Wall

It was 3pm after the lunch and we got on our cars and went to the center of Xi’an city to climb the City Wall. I felt very tired after came out from the restaurant, therefore I quickly fell asleep on the car. When I woke up, it was already 4pm. We then revived ourselves and climbed onto the City Wall at about 16:30. The entrance ticket was 54RMB per person. I was very happy the moment I stepped onto the ancient city wall. Our driver had already told us that the wall was 13.7 kilometers long and would cost us nearly two hours to cycle a full round of it. The wall is really a good location for people to overlook the lights and the folk houses of the city. Now that we were here to have fun and enjoy the beautiful night views, we, of course rented two tandem bicycles. One person in our team suggested us playing a game, each of us had to ride on the bicycle. Two couples of people had to join the match at the same time. I was reluctant to do that because I was not interested in this kind of game and I also feared to fall over myself. But I finally joined in it as I was deeply affected by their joyful laughter.

Dinner time:

Roujiamo
Roujiamo

When it was 7pm, the driver drove us to the Muslim Quarter, several famous streets where Hui cuisine is easy to find. Our guide recommended us a quite famous restaurant, in which we tasted local Roujiamo, a kind of Xi’an hamburger made of flour and pork leg meat, and Liangpi (cold noodle). At about 9pm, we booked a private car and came back to our residence.

Day two:
Visited the Shaanxi History Museum & the Big Wild Goose Pagoda square
We woke up at 8am and went to a local breakfast restaurant. Here we ordered various food for our breakfast as my colleagues were from different cities of China and each of them had different dietary habits. Only a few of them still had the local Roujiamo. It was the last day we were staying in Xi’an and were about to leave this city at night, so we had limited time to see some other scenic spots and just visited the Shaanxi History Museum and the Big Wild Goose Pagoda square. We booked two private cars after our breakfast and the drivers picked us instantly also.

Shaanxi History Museum
Shaanxi History Museum

At about 11am we finally arrived at the Shaanxi History Museum, it was a museum for free visit but needed to get a visit ticket. So our guide was queuing up for our tickets before we arrived at the museum. In this museum, we also learned much knowledge about the ancient Chinese history, especially the history about the Qin and Tang Dynasties. Although I was not interested in history, I was very happy to listen to the interpreter’s explanation about all kinds of ancient wares. We spent one hour in this museum and then went to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda square, which was not far away from the Shaanxi History Museum. We walked to the square from the museum under the shining sunshine. In the square we saw a giant statue of Xuanzang, a world–renowned monk in Tang Dynasty, who embarked on a pilgrimage to India to obtain Buddhist scriptures. We also saw many fountains in the square, it was said that the best time to play in this square was in summer.

Big Wild Goose Pagoda square
Big Wild Goose Pagoda square

Lunch time:

Lunch time
Lunch time

We had lunch at about 2pm to end our trip to Xi’an. We chose a restaurant called “Lotus Restaurant” nearby the Crown Plaza Hotel. It was a star-rated restaurant, in which we ordered food that is famous at the southern part of Shaanxi Province. But I still couldn’t distinguish the Shaan nan food (food of the southern part of Shaanxi Province) with Xi’an food. All in all, they were all delicious. Apart from Chengdu, Xi’an is also a very famous food city in China.

The end of our trip
At about 5pm, my colleagues from other cities began to leave for their homes and we ended our trip with a pleasant game!

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