Shaanxi - CNTO
 
 
Home Attractions Shaanxi

Shaanxi

 Shaanxi province on mainland China is one of the major cradles of the Chinese civilization. Historically, 13 regimes built their seats here, including the Zhou Dynasty (11th century~221 B.C.), the Qin Dynasty (221~207 B.C.), the Han Dynasty (206B.C~A.D.220), and the Tang Dynasty ( 618~907).

 Shaanxi takes pride in its 35,750, proven relics from above and underground, including 55 relics under state protection and 355 relics under provincial protection. It leads China in the number and quality of relics collected, 6000,000 in total, attracting numerous visitors from home and abroad to admire historic sites and places of interest, such as the terracotta warriors and horses from the tomb of Emperor Qin Shihuang, the ancient city wall in Xi'an, the best preserved and largest of its kind in China, and the Stele Forest, China's largest stone library.

Ancient City Wall of Xi'an

Ancient City Wall of Xi'an

 situated in the center of Xi'an City, it is the most complete ancient city wall that has survived in China. The existing Xi'an City Wall was constructed from the seventh year of the 11th year of the Hongwu reign (1374-1378) of the Ming Dynasty. It is 13.74km in circumference and 12 m in height. There are four gates on the wall, and each gate consists of an arrow tower and a gate-tower. The city wall is surrounded by a moat.

Famen Temple

Famen Temple

 situated in Famensi Town, about 15 km north of Fufeng County, Baoji city, it is the only temple that preserves the veritable finger bones of Sakyamunu in the world. First constructed in the Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220), it was originally known as the Ashoka Temple, which was renamed Famen Temple in early Tang Dynasty. The gold and silver wares discovered from the underground palace are exquisite treasures. The gold-gilded Buddhist cane with 12 rings on its four sides is the best Buddhist service articles in the world in terms of quality, shape and crafting techniques. The consummate skills of weaving brocade in gold threads of the Tang Dynasty will make visitors gasp in admiration. The thinnest gold threads for weaving brocade are only 0.1 mm, thinner than hair.

Foping Nature Reserve

Foping Nature Reserve

 Located in the northwest of Foping County, it is a forest and wildlife nature reserve founded to protect the giant pandas with approval of the State Council in 1978, which formally joined the World Man and Biosphere Reserve Network approved by the UNESCO in March 2005. With an area of 292 sq km, the Foping Nature Reserve has three protection stations - Sanguanmiao, Damuping and Yueba. The nature reserve grows 1,583 species of wild plants, including 22 species of rare plants under state protection, such as Chinese larch, Qinling Mountains fir, tetracentron and one flower kingdonia; and raises 265 species of wild animals, of which giant pandas, antelopes, golden monkeys and leopards are the first-class animals under state protection. Giant pandas live in the core area of the nature reserve. On average, there is one giant panda every 2.5 sq km, which ranks first nationwide in terms of density,

Huaqing Pool

Huaqing Pool

 Also known as the Huaqing Palace, the Huaqing Pool lies at the northern foot of Lishan Mountain, 30km east of the city proper of Xi'am. Since ancient times, it has been an ideal place for sightseeing and taking a bath. It is a national scenic and historic site, and a national AAAAA tourism zone. The emperors of the Zhou (c. 11th century-256 B.C), Qin (221-206 B.C), Han (206 B.V-A.D. 220), Sui (581-618) and Tang (618-907) dynasties took the Huaqing Pool as their temporary imperial palace. The Huaqing Pool is well known because of the romantic love story between Emperor XuanZhong Li Longji (685-762) of the Tang Dynasty and his favorite consort Yang Yuhuan. Now Eternal Grief, a large historical dance drama on the love story about Emperor Xuanzong of the Tang and Noble Consort Yang over 1,000 years ago, staged at the Huaqing Pool every evening.

Hukou Waterfall

Hukou Waterfall

 Situated in the Qinjin Canyon on the middle reaches of the Yellow River, the mother river of the Chinese nation, the Hukou Waterfall is the second largest waterfall in China, only next to the Huangguoshu waterfall in Guizhou. When the mighty Yellow River flows through mountains and gorges to Hukou, the billowy water streams narrow suddenly, from over 300 m to 50 m in width, falling 30 m into a deep riverbed like a herd of galloping horses, transforming the quiet river into a  turbulent one. The thundering sound can be heard from quite a distance. The tremendous mass of water strikes the rocks, creating piles of foam and huge water poles. It is an amazing view with mist all around. The riverbed here is like an enormous teapot where the water is poured out o the waterfall is named Hukou Waterfall (kettle Spout Falls)

Mount huashan

Mount huashan

 Called the Western Mountains in ancient times. Mount Huashan is located in Huayin City, about 120 km from Xi'an. It is bordered by the Yellow River and Weihe River in the north, and by the Qinling Mountains iin the south. Mountain Huashan, tall, straight and exquisite, is known as the "No. 1 dangerous mountain on earth" in the world. It is among the first group of national scenic and historic interest zones approved by the Chinese government.

 Mountain Huashan is actually a huge piece of granite. Five peaks are most prominent: the North (Cloudy Terrace), South (Descending Wild Goose), East (Rising Sun), West (Lotus Flower) and Middle (Jade Gril) Peaks. Mount Huashan also contains profound cultural connotations, Taoist culture, cave and niche culture, go culture and tablet culture, and boasts abundant historical sites.

Museum of Emperor Qin Shihuang's Terracotta Warriors and Horses

Museum of Emperor Qin Shihuang's Terracotta Warriors and Horses

 Situated in Qinling Town, it is a large museum built on the site of the attendant pits of Emperor Qin Shihuang, the first Emperor of the Qin Dynasty, and a national AAAAA tourism zone. The terracotta warriors and horses of the Qin Dynasty shocked the people all over the world with their magnificent vigor and outstanding carving art. Known as the "eight marvel in the world", they have been included in the World Cultural and Natural Heritage list by the UNESCO. Nos1,2 and 3 pits have been excavated. The terracotta warriors are vivid and lifelike. Each warrior has different features and facial expression. The warriors on war chariots, warriors riding horses and infantry warriors in large numbers formed different combinations in an orderly and solemn way.

Tang Paradise

Tang Paradise

 Situated at No. 99 Furong Road, New Qujiang District in the south of Xi'an, the Tang Paradise is the first theme park that displays the imperial garden culture of the flourishing Tang Dynasty (618-907) in an all-round way. It covers an area of 650,000 sq m and the water surface has an area of 260,000 sq m. The Tang Paradise consists of a number of Tang-style structures, such as Ziyun Building, Wangchun Pavilion, Fengming Jiutian Theater and Imperial Banquet Palace, in addition to the leisure equipment, the water-screen film, and the performance of Tang songs and dances.

The Bell Tower

The Bell Tower

 Situated in the center of the city proper of Xi'an, the Bell Tower is the symbol of Xi'an. First constructed in the 17th year of the Hongwu reign(1384) of the Ming Dynasty, it is one of the largest, most magnificent and best-preserved architectural structures of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) in China. The Bell Tower is a wooden structure with three layers of eaves on the external carved beams, and pointed tops on the four corners. The whole building is covered with color patterns, with gilded or colored drawings, painted beams and carved pillars inside. A six-m-high top plated with gold sits on a glazed louts throne at the top of the Bell Tower,displaying the unique architectural art of the Ming Dynasty.

The Drum Tower

The Drum Tower

 About 30 m west of the Bell tower, the Drum tower faces south and echoes with the Bell Tower. The Drum Tower got its name from a huge in the tower, which was beat at sunset to indicate the end of the day in ancient China. Built in the 13th year of the Hongwu reign (1380) of the Ming Dynasty, the two-story Drum Tower is 33 m high, with triple eaves and a hip roof. The Drum Tower in Xi'an is the largest one of all the drum towers in China.

The Greater Wild Goose Pagoda

The Greater Wild Goose Pagoda

 Located within the compound of the Daci'en Temple in the city's southern suburbs, the Greater Wild Goose Pagoda is a famous ancient architecture in China, which is regarded as the symbol of the ancient Capital of Xi'an. Originally this pagoda had five stories; in 701, tho more stories were added; 60 years later, it became a 10-story pagoda; and later, the pagoda was damaged in a war, with only seven stories left. In the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), the pagoda was renovated by covering it with a layer of bricks. The Daci'en Temple and the Great will Goose Pagoda were the places where Buddhist scriptures brought from India by the Tang Dynasty pilgrim Xuan Zhuang (600-663) were kept and Xuan Zhuang translated the Buddhist sutras. They occupy a very important position in the Chinese Buddhist history and attract worldwide attention. Since ancient times, they have been important places for religious service in China.

The Lesser Wild Goose Pagoda

The Lesser Wild Goose Pagoda

 About one km south of the city stand the Lesser Wild Goose Pagoda within the compound of the Jianfu Temple. This Pagoda is smaller than the Greater Wild Goose Pagoda in the Daci'en Temple, hence the name. First constructed in the jinlong reign (707-710) of Emperor Zhongzong of the Tang Dynasty, it is a square brick structure with multi-layer eaves. Originally, the Lesser Wild Goose Pagoda had 15 stories, but now it has only 13stories after many earthquakes. The Less Wild Goose Pagoda is one of the two important symbols of the ancient capital of Chang'an in the Tang Dynasty. "The Wild Goose Pagoda and Morning Toll.", which consists of the Lesser Wild Goose Pagoda and the toll from the Jianfu Temple, is one of the eight scenic sights in Guanzhong.