Li Shan (Mount Li)

Admission:

RMB 45

Hours:

8am-5pm daily

How to get there:

Located about 1.5 km (1 mile) east of Emperor Qin Shihuang's Mausoleum. A taxi or bus no. 306 departing from the parking lot just east of the railway station in Xi'an will get you there.

A popular spot for its cool breezes and panoramic views of the area's ruggedly beautiful countryside, Li Shan (Lí Shān, 骊山) was once favored by Tang Dynasty emperors as a summer resort. Today, it's a great place to enjoy a day hike. You'll find hot springs and ancient pavilions off many trails and a splendid view from the top (1,256 m—4,121 ft— above sea level). It's a good idea to bring along a bit of food and water, as dining options on the mountain are largely limited to a few snack stands at the top. If hiking isn't your cup of tea, a cable car is in service to whisk you to the peak.

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