Day Trip to Hanyangling Mausoleum & Small Wild Goose Pagoda, Xian
Code: XA19

Hanyangling Mausoleum & Small Wild Goose Pagoda

Hanyangling Mausoleum
Route: Hanyangling Mausoleum - Small Wild Goose Pagoda

Take subway line 2 to Shitushuguan Station and get out from Exit D to take tourist bus no. 4 to the Hanyangling Mausoleum. You will arrive at the destination in less than one hour. After 2~3 hours' visit there, reverse the trip back to Shitushuguan Subway Station and take line 2 to Nanshaomen. Leave from Exit A2 and walk westwards for about 800 meters (870 yards) to Jianfu Temple, where the Small Wild Goose Pagoda is located. In the southwest corner of the temple is the Xian Museum for backpackers to have a better understanding of the capital history of Xian.
Highlights:
Hanyangling MausoleumIt is the joint burial mausoleum of Emperor Jing of Han (188 - 141 BC) and his empress. You can walk along a glass corridor in an underground museum, which is the burial pit of the emperor, to have a close contact with these treasures. Historical items discovered from these pits, such as weapons and daily necessities, are displayed in an exhibition hall, and the most distinctive exhibits are the pottery figures including cavalrymen, warriors, and servants.
Small Wild Goose PagodaThis pagoda is located in the Jianfu Temple and was built in 707 as the depositary of Buddhist sutras with 15 storeys originally, but the top 2 floors were destroyed during several earthquakes. Although not very prosperous, you can surely feel calmed there as the pagoda and halls inside are all in the shade of lush trees, and there is seldom noise but only the birds' twittering. Climb the wooden stairway inside the pagoda to the top and have a full view of the surroundings.
Xian MuseumIt is regarded the best place to delve into the past of Xian. There are models of Xian City in different period from Zhou Dynasty (1046 - 256 BC) to the Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911) to let you know the changes of the city and people's living conditions. You can also enjoy precious relics unearthed around Xian, including tri-colored glazed potteries of the Tang Dynasty (618 - 907), bronze mirrors of the Sui Dynasty (581 - 618), and diverse exquisite ceramics.
Tips:
1. You may consider getting a tour guide at the Hanyangling Mausoleum in order to gain more background knowledge of this place, and the fare is listed here:
Underground MuseumCNY 120
Archaeological Exhibition HallCNY 80
Price for both museumsCNY 200
2. You can also attend the simulation archaeological excavation at Hanyangling Mausoleum under the directions of the experts. If interested, you need to make the reservation one week in advance and the fare is CNY 150 per hour.
3. Xian Museum is closed on Tuesdays. Avoid doing this independent Xian tour on that day if you want to visit the museum.
Cost:
Hanyangling MausoleumMarch ~ November: CNY 90
December ~ February: CNY 65
Jianfu TempleFree
Small Wild Goose PagodaCNY 30
Xian MuseumFree
*Show valid passport to enter the museum
Tourist bus no. 4CNY 2
Subway: Shitushuguan - NanshaomenCNY 3
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