The journey around Xian continued. The first destination of the day was big wild goose pagoda (Dayenta). The bus going there is cheap, only 1 RMB. There is English announcement on the bus. Be reminded to stop when you hear Dayenta (Big wild goose pagoda in Mandarin). You will see huge pagoda from the bus stop.
Another highlight of the day was the museum of Shaanxi historic Museum. The location of the museum is quite near to the Big wild goose pagoda, about 500 m hence you can combine your visit to this museum with the big wild goose pagoda.
For entering this museum, you have the option either free admission or paid admission. Both of them require identification when purchasing the ticket. The paid admission will cost you 20 RMB. The good thing of the paid entrance is shorter queue to enter the museum.
This museum was indeed a very nice museum to visit. The only minus during my visit was huge number of people visiting the museum on the same time hence it’s quite disturbing to go around seeing the collection of the museum.
There is special exhibition during my visit before which require additional entrance fee to visit.
This day I move my accommodation to Han Tang House hostel. The owner has 4 hostels include one nearby the one I stay, Han Tang Inn. For lodging, I highly recommend this hostel as the price is considered cheap, quite good location even though not as near the first hostel I stayed.
Han Tang House
Address : Nan Chang Xiang Road No. 32
South of Xincheng Square, Xian
Phone : +86-29-87389765
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
From the hostel, I book my ticket to Tang Dynasty dance with the dumpling dinner, which cost around 250 RMB. The dinner start at night before the show. Please note there are more than one Tang Dynasty dance include the one inside Tang paradise amusement park.
Before the show, I was a bit disappointed as i thought the one I purchased was the one at Tang dynasty paradise which unfortunately not. The one I visiting at Shaanxi Opera house which was a restaurant combined with the dance performance afterward. Most of the ticket sold at tour agency or hotel is this one. If you want to visit the one at Tang paradise amusement park, I would suggest you to go by yourself combining visit the amusement park.
The dumpling dinner taste so so for me, not much special, lower compare to my expectation. As I had been disappointed from the beginning, it’s impacted me from enjoying the show even though the show itself is quite good.
This is the only underground museum in China that you can find. It’s quite challenging to visit this museum, as there is only one public bus, bus no 4 going to this museum. The other option is via tour booking at your hotel or tour agency which cost much more.
You can find the red bus no 4 from Shitusuquan MRT station exit D. From the exit, you just need to cross the street then you will find the bus stop. You can also find the bus at the bus stop near XinZhengZhongXin. From this metro, take the exit B3 then go ahead on your right side then cross the road. You will find the bus stop there. The bus start from Shitutusuquan and end at the museum from 8.30 AM up to 17.30 PM with interval 1 hour and cost 2 RMB. The museum is located on the same direction to the airport of Xian, Xianyang.
Entrance to the museum cost you 90 RMB (80 RMB for museum and 10 RMB for optional holographic movie) during high season (Mar – Nov), whereas for low season (Dec – Feb) will cost you 65 RMB (55 for museum and 10 RMB for optional holographic movie). The museum open from 8.30AM and close at 19.00 PM for high season and 18.30 for low season.
If you need tour guide for the museum, there is extra fee of 100 RMB for tour guide in Mandarin (60 RMB for underground museum and 40 RMB for archaeological exhibition hall 40 RMB). For foreign language guide, the cost will be 200 RMB (120 RMB for underground museum and 80 RMB for archaeological exhibition hall).
The interesting thing about this museum is you will be required to have plastic cover for your shoes before entering the museum. The cover is used to protect the glass floor which can be found on some parts of the museum.
Same as Qin Shihuang’s mausoleum, in here there are a lot of burial object inside the Tang dynasty tomb, include people made of pottery, dog, sheep and pigs. It’s also believed that this objects is for afterlife use of Emperor Jingdi and his wife, Empress Wang. Jingdi was the forth emperor of Tang dynasty which rules the kingdom for about 17 years starting at 32 years.
Different with Qin Shihuang’s mausoleum, whereby there you can find army. In here, you can find people made of pottery but not having hands.
There are much lesser people visiting this museum which might be due to transportation issue which only having one bus for every hour. But this make the visit more enjoyable as less noise and you can enjoy viewing the museum leisurely.
The movie inside the museum which you pay extra 10 RMB for me is worthed. The narration provided only in Mandarin, however I think you can still enjoying the movie eventhough do no understand on the narration provided. The movie itself lasts for about 20 minutes.
Apart of the underground museum, there are two places to visit, one include the area showing the gate of the tomb and the other is the archaeological exhibition hall which is more interesting. The location of archaeological exhibition hall is a bit far from the entrance. There is free eco transportation provided near the ticket office.
After return back from the museum, I was having my lunch. For today lunch, I was having the new McD burger, black and white burger which was promoted largely on public ares in Xian. It was basically consist of two small burgers, one black burger with white sesame seeds and white burger with black sesame seeds. Both of them having grill chicken inside.
Afterward, the journey continued to the last destination in Xian, Daming Palace and park. You can visit this place via Metro at Daming Xi subway station, however from the subway station, it’s quite a long walk to the Daming palace and park.
For me, this place is the most disappointed destination from all my visit in Xian as you can see only the palace model with explanation what building does it refer to. You will hardly believe that the area before was a palace as not much remaining on the area.
On top of that, the weather at the time of my visit is extremely hot. The area itself is huge. I would suggest you if you want to visit this place is at the afternoon when the weather is not hot. For visiting this place, there is no entrance fee.