5 Top Rated Tourist Attractions in Shaanxi

Jul 22, 2021

A fascinating blend of traditional and modern, China's northwestern province of Shaanxi was once part of the powerful Tang Empire, but today, it's become a modern-day gem whose terra-cotta army, carved jade mountains, mystical rivers and grasslands, and famous sunflower fields are on par with any of the ancient wonders of the country.

Pristine but overrun with visitors, Shaanxi is now a must-see travel destination thanks to its reputation for ancient culture and an idyllic blend of modern convenience and rural tranquility. But don't let the crowds scare you away from seeing the wonderful sights of this lovely province.

Shaanxi is best known for the colorful terracotta warriors, and this ancient army is sure to be on the top of your travel to Shaanxi list. However, Shaanxi has so much more to offer, and the amazing roadtrip called the Han-Tang Dynasties Grand Tour is a perfect introduction to this varied and beautiful province.

Plan your trip with our guide to the best places to visit in Shaanxi, China.

The Terracotta Warriors

Photo of Terracotta Army
Terracotta Army: en.wikipedia.org

This interesting archaeological site consists of three sets of terracotta figures in the shape of soldiers and horses, the most famous of which are the life-sized, 12,000-year-old warriors found in an excavation site in Xi'an in the Shaanxi Province. The Xi'an museum contains the twelve complete warrior figures, along with some 500 life-sized and more than 5,000 small terracotta horses, of the six cavalry regiments that made up the famous cavalry of the First Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang.


With its newly revitalized skyline and large collection of historical monuments, including the famed Terracotta Warriors, Xi'an is changing. The city is renowned for its wonderful cuisine, a great nightlife and the internationally renowned Silk Road Street art scene. Visitors can start their adventure at Xi'an’s Tian Qi Lu, the city’s most famous shopping street. Follow the avenue and buy souvenirs for friends and family at one of the numerous street vendors.

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Lingyin Temple

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The Lingyin Temple (Lingyin Guangjiao), located on top of a hill, is located northeast of Xi'an. It is one of the largest Buddhist temples in China. Its square complex, built in 1445, was restored in 1983. Nearby is the famous Terracotta Warriors. This excavation, which was opened in 1984, contains 29 burial pits. Each pit holds the remains of a soldier along with a mule and two chariots.

Lake Tai

Photo of Yulin, Shaanxi
Yulin, Shaanxi: en.wikipedia.org

On the central edge of Shaanxi, the pretty little Lake Tai stretches inland from the North China plain. It is an endearing body of water with a perfect band of sandy beaches, green grassy banks, and a mix of waterfowl, egrets, cranes, ducks, and geese. Around the lake, travellers can enjoy the beautiful mountain scenery of Ji and the caves and caves to explore at Wenquan. The surrounding villages are mostly built from red sandstone, with roofs, windows, and eaves covered in glazed tiles that give them a distinct appearance.

Xi'an City Wall

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Fortifications of Xi'an: en.wikipedia.org

Home to several of China's best preserved walled cities, Shaanxi is known for its cultural diversity. The fascinating ancient wall of the city of Xi'an (Xi'an Ge), the colossal Changcheng ("Big Wall"), or the Great Wall of China which stretches out to the Mongolian frontier in the east, is the most impressive of all. The wall is actually made up of the city walls and the stone towers from the Tang Dynasty, a Chinese dynasty (618-907 AD) that ruled over Northern China from Nanjing (Nanjing, Jiangsu province) before spreading out from there to all parts of China. In Xi'an's Chengxiang District, watch locals playing the Xunjiao, a popular Chinese instrument made from an old broomstick and a walking-stick, its main component.