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5 Things to Do in Xi’an After You’ve Lined Up Your Free Trip

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There are so many things to do in Xi’an. From luxurious temple architecture to one of the most intricately decorated cities in the country, Xi’an is a beautiful place to visit and one not to be missed. I wanted to visit Xi’an, and with a free trip to the U.S. from Sichuan Airlines, I knew there was no better time than now to do so. It’s full of ancient culture and rich in history, but it also has so much to offer visitors. If you’re thinking about visiting China, here are five things to do in Xi’an.

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Xi’an, from where the above plane was headed, is 2,300km from the “Capital of the River.” For anyone wanting to get there, there are quite a few things they can do in Xi’an, like they can climb the Huayin Peak, go fishing or visit one of the surrounding caves. Xi’an has so much to offer and it is a city full of beauty. I visited some of their old historic attractions but I found these five things to do in Xi’an to be my favorite.

5.) Do Some Yoga

If you don’t have time to spend all day in the temple or nearby tombs, Xi’an has over 50 yoga centers to choose from and let’s be honest, how often can you actually do yoga? This beautiful city has classes like Ho Ho Ko, Hatha Yoga and Zumba. Not only are they all spread out around Xi’an, but they’re also close by in nearby villages. There are also few hotels or guesthouses within walking distance to some of them so booking ahead will definitely help avoid a last minute cancellation.

4.) Enjoy Live Music

Oh, how I love live music! You’re getting musical entertainment in a country-like setting, in a huge square or huge covered patio with food and drink if you choose to eat or drink. A few of the restaurants where they play music range from casual cafes with tables to excellent sit-down restaurants. I enjoyed tables at one of their cafes, and it felt quite cozy. A lot of the restaurants I saw had a basement or nearby room or setup that you could use for watching music from a room far away.

3.) See the Lingang Art of Li Maizui

For anyone who’s been to Sichuan, and I count myself as one of them, there are at least two pieces of Li Maizui culture that you need to know about. He is known as one of the founders of Lianbao art, that Chinese term that means “the drawing of Buddha”. He was well known for his beautiful paintings of animals and also for his puppetry. Even if you’re not into this culture, going and seeing this work in the context of the city’s architecture will be a unique experience. I visited one of the sites, Tomb 29, with my friend at Li Maizui Cultural Observatory, an exhibition that offers visitors a chance to see his artwork up close and immersive. It’s an experience in itself.

2.) Wander the City

Although this is for those who want to spend a bit of time wandering in the city, it’s the really beautiful and mysterious part of Xi’an. Old buildings are everywhere and are just blocks from the most breathtaking perspective. There are literally miles of street lines with beautiful different buildings. Even if you’re not planning on spending a lot of time wandering around, or you’re a tourist, it’s just such a stunning place to be.

1.) Go Ape

This town is known for its great hot springs. Whether you’re in Sanjiangyao Hot Springs, Daosan Hot Springs or some other amazing location, all the water is 95 percent naturally filtered and 35 percent spring water. Seeing them just up close, is almost like a walk in the park. As you walk or climb through the beautifully decorated steps, you’ll be able to see the other steps through 360 degrees and wonder at the perspective. It’s pretty much guaranteed that every time you sit on a step you’ll be awestruck by the view.

This story originally appeared on Springer.com.

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