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The best way to see Xi’an in one day is to wake up early and start your whirlwind tour by heading to the Muslim Quarter to pick up an egg tortilla and freshly squeezed orange juice for breakfast. From there, join up with a tour to see the Qin Shi Huang Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, which is located about 25 miles away from Xi’an’s city center. Once you’re there you can wander through the three pits containing these iconic excavated statues, and listen to the tour guide tell stories of Emperor Qin’s infatuation with everlasting life.
After your tour head back to the city center for lunch at Lao Sun Jia Restaurant, which opened more than a century ago and is famous for its delectable yangrou paomo, a satisfying lamb stew with shredded pieces of bread. Once you’ve had your fill make the trek to the South Gate, where you can rent a bike and ride along the tops of the city walls. The ride should only take about two hours, but can at times be physically demanding due to the winds and bumpy cobblestone path.
Spend the rest of the afternoon unwinding and freshening up in your hotel, then enjoy an elegant dinner at Jiasan Guantang Baozi, one of Xi’an’s most acclaimed restaurants – try the steamy dumplings and sweet porridge. After dinner, finish off with a nightcap at De Fu Xiang, a lively street filled with more 20 bars and cafés.