Parks and Squares Walk in Xian, Xian

Xian is a historical city or as locals say a city of the past. Though it is considered to be rather small, it is perfectly formed. All the main sights are located in the center, surrounded by a circle of small squares with landmarks and beautiful lakes. Though they do not represent must-see spots, we think you will enjoy this walking tour through Xian's amazing gardens.
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Parks and Squares Walk in Xian Map

Guide Name: Parks and Squares Walk in Xian
Guide Location: China » Xian (See other walking tours in Xian)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 4 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 9.5 km
Author: helenp
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Xingqing Park

1) Xingqing Park

Xingqing Park is the largest free entry recreational park in Xian. It has the layout of a traditional Chinese park with a lake, bridges, trees and traditional Chinese structures.

Xingqing Park covers an area of 50 acres. It is laid amongst the ruins of the old Xingqing Palace of the Tang Dynasty. At the time the Emperor Xuan Zong of the Tang Dynasty lived in the palace. The Emperor was forced to abdicate after the An Shi rebellion and continued to live here for the rest of his life. The Palace was destroyed by the wars that took place towards the end of the Tang Dynasty.

In 1957, the Municipal Government of Xian decided to lay a recreational park on the site of the Xingqing Palace. Today the park has a lake where visitors can hire a boat or walk along the path on the banks. One can cross the lake over three bridges, the Yingbing bridge, the Mudan bridge or the Qu Bridge. The old palace garden buildings like the Chengxiang Pavilion, the Flower Shedding Brilliance Gallery, the Nanxun Hall and the Changqing Hall are restored to their former glory. Every April, the park plays host to a Tulip Fair and an annual Peony Fair.
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Geming Park

2) Geming Park

The Geming Revolution Park is located north of the Xiwu Road in Xian. It was laid to commemorate the brave soldiers from the city who fought to defeat the Northern Warlords during the Northern Expansion of 1927.

The Northern Warlords besieged the city of Xian for eight months and burned 100,000 wheat fields around Xian. They forced the villagers to dig a deep pit around the city to cut off supplies. The generals of the National Army, Yang Hucheng and Li Huchen led the people and refused to surrender till a larger army under the leadership of General Feng Yuxiang reached the city and defeated the enemy. Nearly 50,000 people lost their lives in protecting Xian and the park established in 1929 commemorates the bravery of the martyrs.

The Geming Revolutionary Park contains Taihu Stones that are relics from the Tang Dynasty. There is a manmade lake with traditional Chinese style bridges, pavilions and pathways. The Revolutionary Pavilion has statues of martyrs of the revolution, Wang Taiji and Wang Taicheng and a temple where the locals pay their respects to the martyrs. Besides a place to pay homage to the brave, Revolutionary Park also offers amusement facilities for children including a merry go round, electronic planes and cable cars.
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Lianhu Square

3) Lianhu Square

Lianhu Square is situated in the southern part of the Railway station. It is considered to be one of the most beautiful green ares in Xian, though it is one of the smallest. The square was founded around a lake, so you can not only walk along the alleys, but also enjoy a short boat trip. The square has lots of fragrant locust trees and weeping willows whose branches bend over the water. Visiting this square is suitable for both children and elderly people.
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Huancheng Xiyuan Square

4) Huancheng Xiyuan Square

Huancheng Xiyuan Square is located in the downtown Xian, near the West City Gate. It has a very interesting position, as it is situated along the Old City Wall. Maybe it doesn't have the rarest plants, but it's a nice place to admire the ancient architecture, while sitting on a bench. A narrow river separates the City Wall from the square. However there are several bridges that connect them.
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LaoDong Park

5) LaoDong Park

The LaoDong Park is located in the busy downtown area of the city. It is a frequently visited park and the local people, young and old come here for recreation and relaxation.

The LaoDong Park or Labor Park covers an area of 1.02 million square kilometers. Unlike most other parks in the city, this is a modern recreation area with modern facilities. It has spaces for a leisurely stroll, there are cultural and recreational activities taking place and facilities for the amusement of children are also available. Despite the many activities in the park, it retains the ambience of a traditional Chinese Garden with flowers, animals and sculpture.

Visitors can see elderly residents performing Tai Chi exercises at the park and young couples and families taking leisurely strolls. . There is a lotus pond and cherry tree woods, traditional pavilions and terraces and a clean brook gurgling within LaoDong Park. They can also see ostriches, spotted deer and peacocks and red crowned cranes. Small cafes sell seafood including a specialty dish made of sea slug. There are also small stores selling souvenirs made of local shells that visitors can take home as mementoes to remember the visit to the city and the park.

Walking Tours in Xian, China

Create Your Own Walk in Xian

Create Your Own Walk in Xian

Creating your own self-guided walk in Xian is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Places of Worship in Xian Tour

Places of Worship in Xian Tour

Xian looks like a melting pot of different cultures and religions in Asia. If you visit the places of worship in this city you will realize this. Here you can admire pagodas, temples (holy places for Buddhists) and mosques (place of worship for the followers of Islam). If you like exploring other religions you will enjoy taking this self-guided tour.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.5 km
Xian's Daily Life Self-Guided Tour

Xian's Daily Life Self-Guided Tour

Xian is a great historic city of China. Of course, the Terracotta Warriors, the Great Mosque, the Goose Pagodas, the Bell Tower and the City Wall should not be excluded from the must-see list of every tourist. The usual places where only locals hang out are overlooked by almost all guides. However, if you want to look at this city from a different angle and discover its hidden "face" you should take a "Daily Life" walking tour in Xian.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.3 km
Xian Suburbs Historical Tour

Xian Suburbs Historical Tour

While the city of Xian is famous for its pagodas, a tremendous city wall and gorgeous temples, several "treasures" are hidden on the outskirts of the city. Actually, the Terracotta Warriors and Horses, located in the eastern suburb, is a historical must-see. Also, you will be impressed by the Lishan mountain's incredible beauty, admired many centuries ago by Chinese emperors. We invite you to take this walking tour and explore the historical sights located in Xian suburbs.

Tour Duration: 4 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 10.3 km
Cultural Tour of Xian

Cultural Tour of Xian

In ancient times, Xian was a center of art and culture. It played an important role in improving trade between east and west, due to the fact that it was the terminus of the Silk Road. Nowadays, Xian is filled with museums, galleries, opera houses, etc. Check out the most popular cultural spots in Xian on this self-guided tour.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.5 km
Shopping Streets of Xian Walking Tour

Shopping Streets of Xian Walking Tour

Xian is an amazing city where you can do some quality shopping, especially if you crave for some authentic Chinese souvenirs. The ideal choice for you is to explore the streets of Xian, because that's where the souvenirs are cheaper. We invite you to take this walking tour and go for a stroll along the shopping areas of Xian.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.5 km
Tang Dynasty Tour in Xian

Tang Dynasty Tour in Xian

In Chinese history, the Tang Dynasty is a synonym for prosperity and progress. During a period of almost 300 years, great reforms were implemented and stability was achieved. Also, the Tang emperors chose Xian as their capital city, due to its large population, and developed it throughout their rule. It is highly recommended that you take this tour and visit the places that brought glory to the Tang dynasty.

Tour Duration: 4 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 10.2 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Xian for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Xian has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Xian, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.