The Silk Road Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in The Silk Road - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Banpo Matriarchal Clan Village

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About 5 km (3 miles) east of the city are the remains of a 6,000-year-old Yangshao village, including living quarters, a pottery-making...

Bell Tower

  • Building/Architectural Site

Xi'an's most recognizable structure, the Bell Tower was built in the late 14th century in what was then the center of the city. It's...

Big Wild Goose Pagoda

  • Building/Architectural Site

This impressively tall pagoda lies 4 km (2½ miles) southeast of South Gate, on the grounds of the still-active Temple of Thanksgiving...

Culture Street (Shuyuanmen)

  • Neighborhood/Street

Take a stroll along this leafy boulevard lined with galleries, shops, and a few cafés. Mostly clear of the city's traffic save for a...

Drum Tower

  • Building/Architectural Site

Originally built in 1384, this 111-foot-high Ming Dynasty building—which used to hold the alarm drums for the imperial city—marks...

Famen Temple

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Originally built in the 3rd century AD, the temple was the site of an amazing find during renovations in 1981. A sacred crypt housing...

Forest of Stone Steles Museum

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Head here for a glimpse into what the ancient Chinese deemed important enough to set in stone. As the name suggests, there is no shortage...

Great Mosque

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This lushly landscaped mosque with four graceful courtyards may have been established as early as AD 742, during the Tang Dynasty, but...

Huaqing Hot Springs

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A pleasure palace during the Tang Dynasty and later the living quarters of General Chiang Kai-shek during the Chinese Civil War, this...


  • Mountain–Sight

A few hours east of Xi'an lies one of China's five sacred mountains, a traditional watercolor come to life. The 7,218-foot mountain has...


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