Xian's Daily Life Self-Guided Tour, Xian (Self Guided)

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.
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Xian's Daily Life Self-Guided Tour Map

Guide Name: Xian's Daily Life Self-Guided Tour
Guide Location: China » Xian (See other walking tours in Xian)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.3 km
Author: helenp
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Shaanxi Provincial TV Tower

1) Shaanxi Provincial TV Tower (must see)

Shaanxi Provincial TV Tower is located in Xian's southern suburb. It was founded in 1987 and it has a total height of 245 meters. It is a free standing telecommunications tower built from concrete. Besides its primary function, locals like to jump with parachutes from its top. If you are less extreme in your tastes, we advise you to visit the dome-screen cinema situated nearby.
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Jiatong University Campus

2) Jiatong University Campus

The Jiatong University Campus houses the Jiatong University which is one of the best universities in China. The University is one of the C9 League which is the Chinese equivalent to the Ivy League in the US.

The Jiatong University Campus covers an area of 410 acres. It was established by Emperor Guangxu as the Nanyang Public School in Shanghai. In 1955, the Communist State Council moved a branch of Jiatong University to Xian to promote education in a remote area. It became an independent university in 1959. Today, it has over 32,000 students and offers 31 departments including Science, Mathematics, Engineering, Medicine, Business Management, Arts, Language and Law.

The Jiatong University Campus consists of the main campus, the medical campus and a new campus that is being developed, called the Qijiang campus, on the southeastern part of the main campus. There are a student’s hostel, a library, a tennis court and several playgrounds within the campus. Also, there are two tranquil green spaces called the East and West gardens with green lawns, a fountain and sculptures. There is also a lake where visitors can enjoy boating. Visitors also come here to see the changing colors of the trees in autumn.
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Daxingshan Temple

3) Daxingshan Temple

The Daxingshan Temple is one of the oldest Buddhist temples in China. The present structure is the result of large scale restorations in the 20th century.

The Daxingshan Temple was built during the reign of the Western Jin Dynasty. It gained importance during the reign of the Sui and Tang Dynasties when Buddhism was the state religion. Many Indian Buddhist monks came to the city to translate texts and to spread their religion among the locals. It became one of three temples in China dedicated solely to the translation of Buddhist texts. The teachings were passed on to the Mizong Buddhist sect and the temple became the birthplace of the sect. Most of the original buildings were destroyed between 841 and 845. The present structure was restored between 1955 and 1983.

The interiors of the Daxingshan Temple today have many Qing Dynasty features. There is a Mountain Gate, a Devaraja Hall flanked by the figures of the four heavenly kings, the Mahavira Hall, the Bell and Drum Towers and the Kwan Yin Palace. A wooden statue of Maitreya Buddha stands in the center of the Devaraja Hall. The Kwan Yin Palace has a sandalwood statue of Kwan Yin with a thousand hands. The temple is an active one and worshippers throng the building during Buddhist festivals. The area around the temple has been converted into a small tranquil park.
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Jixiang Market

4) Jixiang Market

Jixiang Market is a small local market situated in the southern suburb of Xian. Chinese and imported products are purchased here daily by the locals. Nearby is situated the Jixiang Wholesale Market where fresh vegetables and fruits, including dry fruits, are available. Don't expect the vendors to know English, but if you dare to visit the market be sure you will enjoy the Chinese spirit.
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Martyr Memorial Park

5) Martyr Memorial Park

The Martyr’s Memorial park in Shijiazhuang city of the Northern Chinese province of Hebei is a famous attraction point. The north and south sides of the park are dedicated to the veterans of the Korean and the Japanese wars. The west side is dedicated to Dr. Norman Bethune, who fought for the Chinese, and the South side to Dr Kotnis. There is a great statue in his honour. A small museum there has a handbook of vocabulary that Kotnis wrote on his passage from India to China; some of the instruments that the surgeons used in their medical fight for life, and various photos of the doctors, some with the Communist Party of China’s most influential figures, including Mao. This urban square has a large, beautiful central alley that leads to a small plaza and then to a small green semi-circle. Locals come here to commemorate their relatives and express their sorrow, but it's also a spot to relax.
Sight description based on wikipedia

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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.