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2017-05-16 16:51:58 , Source : The Government Website of Shaanxi Province

Day01 Huaqing Hot Spring – Lintong Museum – Mt. Lishan

This trip takes you to Huaqing Hot Spring, Mt. Lishan and Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum in Lintong District, about 30 km east of Xi’an. From the airport, you can take the airport bus to Lintong Bus Station, and then take a taxi to Huaqing Hot Spring for a fare of CNY 5. The airport bus departs at 10:30, 12:00, 15:00 and 17:30, and costs CNY 30 per person. You can also take tourist bus No. 5 (306) from Xi’an Railway Station or bus No. 307 from the South Gate of Tang Paradise to Huaqing Hot Spring stop. It takes about an hour to get there and costs CNY 6 per person.

Huaqing Hot Spring, also called Huaqing Palace, is one of the most famous ancient royal gardens in China. Early in the Western Zhou Dynasty (11th century BC-711 BC), King You built a palace here to enjoy the hot spring. The palace was rebuilt many times in the Qin (221 - 207 BC), Han (202 BC - 220 AD), Sui (581 - 618), and Tang (618 - 907) dynasties. In particular, in the Tang Dynasty, Emperor Xuanzong spent each winter in the palace with his favorite concubine Yang Yuhuan. Therefore, Huaqing Hot Spring is also famous for the moving love story between Emperor Xuanzong and Yang Yuyuan. The yearly average temperature is 13 °C, and the best times to visit are spring and autumn.

Lintong Museum is located 50 meters north of the Huaqing Palace. It consists of one stele gallery, a Buddhism art exhibition hall, an art gallery of the Han and Tang Dynasties and an exhibition hall for terracotta warriors and horses. The museum houses 17,000 precious cultural relics, including bronze wares from the Western Zhou Dynasty, a gold and silver coffin from the Tang Dynasty, and Buddhist shrine. The museum is free of charge but you need to get an entry permit at the ticket office.

When you leave the museum, you can have lunch at one of the restaurants on the square in front of the Huaqing Palace. Then continue your trip to Mt. Lishan.

The renowned Mt. Lishan, near the palace and museum, can be reached by a 10 minute walk. The mountain is one of the branches of the Qinling Mountains. With an altitude of 1,300 meters (4,265 feet), it is covered with pine and cypress. The mountain resembles a black horse from a distance, hence the name Li Shan (“Li” means a black horse, and “Shan” means mountain). Mt. Lishan has always been a famous site since ancient times for its beautiful scenery and profound cultural and historical background. Early in the Western Zhou Dynasty, to make his favorite concubine smile, King You sent smoke signals from the beacon tower on top of the mountain. The smoke signals usually indicated danger or enemies, so when the kings of vassal states came to save King You, they found they were teased and they decided that they would never come to save King You again. So the next time there were smoke signals, enemies invaded the country and killed King You. This stupid king won the beauty's smile but lost the whole country. Later in the Qin Dynasty, the emperor Qin Shihuang built his tomb at the foot of Mt. Lishan and also buried the famous terracotta warriors. During the Tang Dynasty, emperors built palaces at the foot of the mountain and enjoyed the hot spring there.

If it is sunny, we suggest you enjoy the beautiful sunset on the mountain. Colored by the rosy sun, the mountain becomes more charming and attractive. The admission fee of the mountain is CNY70 from March to November and CNY 45 from December to February. If you don't want to climb the mountain, a cable car is available for CNY 35 upward, CNY 30 downward, and CNY 60 for a round trip.

After a full day's tour, check in at a local hotel. You can find many economical hotels near Huaqing Palace. Here we would like to recommend the 3-star Lintong Hotel. At night you can also go to Huaqing Palace to watch the song and dance performance, Song of Eternal Sorrow. The ticket price for the show ranges from CNY 219 to CNY 988 according to different seats.

Day02 Emperor Qin Shihuang’s Mausoleum Site Museum

After checking out of the hotel, visit Emperor Qin Shihuang's Mausoleum Site Museum, which includes Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum and Emperor Qin Shihuang's Mausoleum. Take a taxi or the tourist bus No. 5 (306) or bus No. 307 to the museum. You will see the eighth world wonder, the terracotta warriors and horses – thousands of life-sized clay soldiers and horses, delicate bronze chariots and horses, as well as bronze weapons and other clay wares. Then you can take the free shuttle bus to visit Emperor Qin Shihuang's Mausoleum, which is one of the best preserved and majestic mausoleums in China.

Afterwards, take the shuttle bus back to the parking lot of Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum and transfer back to Xi'an city by tourist bus No. 5 (306) or bus No. 307. If you are catching a flight, take tourist bus No. 5 (306) to Xi’an Railway Station and then catch the airport shuttle bus in front of the Jiefang Hotel (beside McDonalds).

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