Daming Palace Site of Tang Dynasty

Featuring its super-large scale and magnificent buildings, Daming Palace was the main royal palace in Tang Dynasty (618 - 907) where Tang emperors lived and dealt with state affairs. It was destroyed after Tang Dynasty. On June 22, 2014, it was included in the World Heritage List.

It was located in Longshou area in the northeast of Chang'an City (today's Xi'an). Covering a large area of 3 sq km (1.2 sq mi), it measured 2.5 km (1.6 mi) long and 1.4 km (0.9 mi) wide. Originally, the Emperor Li Shimin built it as the summer palace for his father, the Emperor Li Yuan. The palace had nine gates. The Daming Palace layout was composed of two areas, Qian Chao where emperors held court, and Nei Ting used for living and recreation.
Daming Palace Site of Tang Dynasty, Xi'an
Daming Palace Site of Tang Dynasty, Xi'an
Grand Daming Palace Site
Grand Daming Palace Site
Qian Chao comprised three palaces: Hanyuan Palace where grand ceremonies were held, Xuanzheng Palace where emperors administered state affairs, and Zichen Palace where ministers were presented to meet the emperor. Among them, Hanyuan Palace was the most famous and greatest.

Hanyuan Palace was the main palace, located about 600 m (656 yards) from Danfeng Gate, the middle south gate of Daming Palace. In the Tang Dynasty, it was an important international exchange center. On every New Year's Day, the emperors would hold great ceremonies there, and welcome ambassadors from various countries and the surrounding minorities. This majestic building reflected the great Tang Dynasty's prosperous and broad culture and represented the highest architectural level of that time.

The north part of Daming Palace was the garden areas for living and recreation. Linde Palace, located in the northwest, was the biggest attached palace. It was the place where emperors held banquets and received ambassadors. Built in rammed-earth construction, the site measured 130 m (142 yards) long and over 80 m (87 yards) wide. Taiye Pond, also called Penglai Pond was an oval-shaped pond, covering an area of 1.6 hectares (4 acres). As beautiful as a fairyland, the royal pond absorbed the essence of Tang's garden architecture.
Daming Palace Heritage Museum
Daming Palace Heritage Museum
Museum inside Daming Palace
Exhibits in the Museum
The palace also had countless attractive and elegant attached buildings - pavilions, towers, and corridors. It is said that the Forbidden City was built according to the layout of Daming Palace. But to everyone's disappointment, this grand palace was burned out in the flames of war at the end of the Tang Dynasty. The cruel war left only the desolate and ruined site for us to imagine its glorious past.

Since 1950s, the archaeology work to Daming Palace has begun, and by far remarkable achievements have been gained through all experts' hard work. Besides the exploration in full scale, the experts made more efforts to unearth the sites of Hanyuan Palace, Linde Palace, Sanqing Palace, Xuanwu Gate and Chongquan Gate. In 1961, the State Council declared it as the national key cultural relic protection unit. The Daming Palace has been rebuilt and opened to the public on October 1st, 2010. About two thirds of the Daming Palace Site Park is admitted for free; the other one third of the park is cultural relics preservation and exhibition area.

How to Get to Daming Palace Site

 By Bus:
1. Take bus No. 2, 262, 528, 708, 717 or 723 and get off at Danfengmen (Danfeng Gate) Station.
2. Take bus No. 2, 17, 22, 38, 104, 209, 263, 309, 409, 517, 703, 703 (branch) or 801 and get off at Hanyuandian (Hanyuan Palace) Station or Daminggong Guojia Yizhi Gongyuan (Daming Palace National Heritage Park) Station.

 By Metro:
1. Take Metro Line 4 to Daminggong (Daming Palace Site of Tang Dynasty) directly.
2. Take Metro Line 2 to Daminggong Xi (Daming Palace West) Station and get out from Exit D. Walk towards east for 2 km (1.2 mi) or take a taxi with the cost of around CNY 10 in 5 minutes to the palace.
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Admission Fee

CNY 60 for cultural relics preservation and exhibition area including Danfeng Gate Heritage Museum, Daming Palace Heritage Museum, Archaeology Discovery Center and all individual palaces; the other two thirds area of the park is admitted for free.
CNY 30 for the Legend of Daming Palace (a movie).
CNY 95 for a combo ticket including cultural relics preservation area, movie ticket and battery cars.

Opening Hours March to October: 08:30-18:00
November to next February: 09:00-18:00

1. Children under 1.2 m (3.9 ft) can enter for free.
2. Entrance ticket for children between 1.2-1.5 m (3.9-4.9 ft) is CNY 30 per person.

- Last updated on Apr. 12, 2021 -
Questions & Answers on Daming Palace Site of Tang Dynasty
Asked by eventius from MALAYSIA | Apr. 15, 2017 02:35Reply
How do I go from Xi'an Daming Palace to Han Yang Ling Museum?
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Answered by Eva from UK | Apr. 20, 2017 04:40

You can walk northwards for about 200 meters (220 yards) to take bus no.409 and get off at the Library Bus Stop. Then walk backwards for 100 meters (110 yards) to Fengcheng 2nd Road and continue walking 90 meters (100 yards) to the bus stop. Then you may take bus Tourist line 4 to Hanyangling Museum directly.
Asked by PL from THAILAND | Feb. 18, 2017 08:53Reply
How i can go to Daming Palace Site of Tang Dynasty from Terracotta Army?
Thank you very mcuh,
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Answered by Ella from ITALY | Feb. 19, 2017 03:23

You can take tourist bus line 5 (no. 306), 914 or 915 from the Terracotta Army back to Xi'an Railway Station first. Then take a taxi to the site with the fare of CNY12 or so.
Asked by Lam | Feb. 13, 2012 08:34Reply
Is it worth the visit Daming Palace in Xi'an?
Hello, I'll be travelling to Xi'an this End Feb. Is it really like a Palace? And what's the recommended time for visit there? What is the suggested time to visit? Thank you! :)
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Answered by Doris | Feb. 15, 2012 03:39

After renovation, it is like a palace now. I think the best time to visit it is from April to September when it appears more chaming under the flowers and green trees. You can visit it at any time of a day.
Asked by Ms.Chinafanatic from SINGAPORE | Nov. 27, 2009 01:36Reply
Hi, may i know what is the expected date in 2010 the attraction will be opening?
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Answered by Ms.CARMEN_01 from CHINA | Nov. 27, 2009 02:04

News said that the park is expected to be open to public around National Day, 2010.
Asked by Ms.freeverse from NIL | Jul. 10, 2009 10:07Reply
ohh, 2010. and it's posted now already. what if people are misled and think it's in 2009? who's going to account for this? if people are going to knock on your door and demand payment for trying to visit the daming palace memorial park but in vain, dont say i didn't warn you. haha. wait till this happens.
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Answered by Mr.angry from AUSTRALIA | Oct. 18, 2009 22:52

why do you think are all as stupid? what's the matter with the site to annouce it will open the next year? they said it clearly, so how can other people be misled it's in 2009?
so you never read news or weather forecast?
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