Yan'an Attractions - Things to Do

Pagoda Hill, Yan'an
Pagoda Hill
Located on the Loess Plateau in North Shaanxi, Yan'an is a famous tourist destination in that region. Its combination of a long history, distinctive culture and a large variety of historical sites and cultural relics provides visitors with the opportunity to see a typical North Shaanxi city with its appealing folk customs.

 Date Garden - site of the CCP Secretariat
 Huangdi Mausoleum Scenic Spot
 Hukou Waterfalls
 Site of the Former Offices of the CCP Central Committee - Yangjialing
 Yan'an Pagoda Hill

The top tourist attractions in Yan'an largely fall within the following four categories:

Yan'an is recognized as a place changing the destiny of China as during the war times. Before the founding of New China, it used to be the citadel of the CCP for 13 years and consequently has many revolutionary sites and martyrs' cemeteries. There are many sites in the urban area of the city including Wangjiaping Site, Yan'an Revolutionary Memorial Museum, Site of the Former Offices of the CCP Central Committee - Yangjialing, Date Garden - site of the CCP Secretariat, Fenghuang Hill Site, Memorial Hall for Journalism and Publication, etc. To the north is the Wayaobao Site while to the south is the famous Nanniwan. In addition, the northwest Wuqi County boasts that it was the site where, in 1935, the Chinese Red Army ended the Long March.

Yan'an has many historical sites and ancient constructions. It claims to be the birthplace of the Chinese Nation manifested by Huangdi Mausoleum Scenic Spot; about 170 kilometers (about 106 miles) south of the city. The mausoleum is a memorial to the legendary Huangdi who is considered to be the Chinese first ancestor. You can go there by bus at Yan'an Long-Distance Bus Station on Dongguan Street in the city center. The buses depart every half an hour between 6:50 and 17:20. Or you can hire a car to go there. Generally, the fare is CNY 1 per kilometer and you can negotiate the price with the driver. There are also other things to do in this city such as the Tang Dynasty Wanfeng Pagoda and Fuxian Pagoda to the north of the Huangdi Mausoleum, the Dugong Memorial Temple in the city center and the Zhongshan Grottoes in the north Zichang County.
Huangdi Mausoleum, Yan'an
Mausoleum of Yellow Emperor
Hukou Waterfall, Yan'an
Hukou Waterfall
In recent years, the folk customs and distinctive culture of the Loess Plateau have drawn visitors to Yan'an. The special cave dwellings there and various folk art forms have attracted growing numbers of visitors. Consequently, the Yan'an Folk Culture Village, the Ansai Culture and Antiques Museum and the Luochuan Folk Museum become popular among tourists.

Natural scenery is another important attraction for visitors to Yan'an. The magnificent Hukou Waterfalls of the Yellow River on its east border is a must-see during your trip. The only daily tourist bus bound for Hukou Waterfalls departs from Yan'an South Bus Station about 400 meters (about 1300 feet) north of the railway station at 6:50 in the morning. The fare is CNY 26 per person and the whole journey takes you about four hours. The bus will stay at the attraction for two hours before returning. Hired car is also a good choice when traveling there about 180 kilometers (about 112 miles) from Yan'an City. Other attractions including the Pagoda Hill, the Fenghuang Hill, the Qingliang Hill, and the Wanhua Hill which boasts China's largest group of wild peonies as well as various forest parks will all provide tourists with good places for relaxation.
Central Auditorium, Yangjialing
Central Auditorium, Yangjialing
Caves, Date Garden
Caves, Date Garden
 Further Reading:
Best Side Trips from Yan'an
- Last updated on Feb. 28, 2023 by Brenda Lian -
Questions & Answers on Yan\an Attractions
Asked by Goh from MALAYSIA | Sep. 16, 2017 06:27Reply
Can you please inform me which is a reasonably priced hotel to stay in Yan‘’an?
My budget Yuan 200 or less per night for a private room with bathroom attached.
I will be there on 15 October 2017 and stay 3 nights. I prefer a youth hostel with private rooms and baths attached.
Is 2 full days enough to sight-see only? I intend to visit Huangdi Mausoleum on the way up from Xi'an. After visiting Yan'an I intend to visit Houkou on the way back to Xi'an.
Thank you.
Answers (1)
Answered by Eglise from FRANCE | Sep. 19, 2017 22:31

You can stay in Grand Hyatt Kailai Hotel in Beiguanzheng Street, Baota District. It takes around CNY150 per night.
As for the time question, if you mean you want to Hukou waterfalls, then you can take a bus from South Bus Station, which takes CNY42.5 and about 3 hours for a single trip. So 2 days is enough.
Ask a Question
Question Summary (100 characters)
Details (optional) (2,000 characters)