Shaanxi Provincial History Museum

The graceful complex of buildings that constitute the Shaanxi Provincial History Museum in Xi'an's southern suburbs is built in the style of a Tang Dynasty pavilion, and is itself a sight worth seeing. The museum's exhibits, however, are even more breathtaking, consisting of 113,000 artefacts unearthed in the province and chronologically arranged in three exhibition halls. The exhibits cover the Han, Wei, Jin, North and South, Sui, Tang, Song, Yuan, Ming, and Quing dynasties, as well as the prehistoric and bronze period. Shaanxi province was a vital area for the cultural development of China. It was the capital of 13 glorious dynasties. The Shaanxi Provincial History Museum stands testament to the area's importance: it is a treasure trove of Chinese civilization. The museum is China's premier history museum and everything is world-class. The lines at the entrance can be extremely long, so travellers are advised to get there early to avoid the crowds and to get a free ticket (4,000 free tickets are available every day, visitors must just present their passport to get one).

Address: 91 Xiaozai road

Website: www.sxhm.com

Telephone: (0)29 8521 9422

Transport: Bus 5, 24, 27, 527, or 610

Opening times: 9am-5pm (November to March); 8:30am-6pm (April to October); closed Mondays.

Admission: 4,000 free tickets a day