A full day exploring history, beautiful architecture, religious monuments and the unique way of life around the walled city of Xi'an. The Silk Road city has been well protected over time, living out 13 dynasties, and enjoying equal fame as Athens, Cairo and Rome as one of the 4 ancient civilization capitals. Highlights of the tour include City Wall, Bell Towers and Great Mosque.
The tour begins with a visit to the Shaanxi History Museum for a cultural and historical overview of the province, beginning with the great Emperor Qing. You'll relive the rise of the city's greatness as guardian of the wealth that came from the Silk Road. After a comprehensive historical overview at the museum, you'll travel to the Small Wild Goose Pagoda. The Pagoda is a square brick construction with dense eaves, 45 meters high but missing it's top which was shaken off by an earthquake! It is uniquely and delicately shaped with a hollow inside.
Next, you will hear history ring at the Bell Tower, a city tower that hold great significance for the local community. Xi'an is also the home of the Great Mosque, your last stop on the tour. One of five Muslim sanctuaries in China, the mosque is built in traditional Chinese style. First constructed in the Tang Dynasty, its grounds were expanded in the Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties to include pavilions, platforms and halls.
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