The 9 Best Things to Do in Yan'an, China

August 8, 2017 Jacquiline Darosa

Yan'an (Chinese: 延安; Mandarin pronunciation: [jɛ̌n.án]) is a prefecture-level city in the Shanbei region of Shaanxi province, China, bordering Shanxi to the east and Gansu to the west. It administers several counties, including Zhidan (formerly Bao'an), which served as the headquarters of the Chinese Communists before the city of Yan'an proper took that role.
Restaurants in Yan'an

1. Zaoyuan Revolutionary Site of Yan'an

Zaoyuan Village, Zaoyuan Town, Baota District, Yan'an 716000, China
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4.5 based on 32 reviews

Zaoyuan Revolutionary Site of Yan'an

Reviewed By LG_Kay - Singapore, Singapore

This place is also known as the Date Garden, the site of the former offices Chinese Communist Party Secretariat. It is very similar to the Yangjialing Revolutionary Former site. One can leisurely explore the cave houses as well as a simple garden. Worthwhile to visit if you are in Yanan region and interested in Chinese revolutionary history.

2. Revolutionary Memorial Hall (Geming Jinianguan)

Northwest of Baota District, Baota District, Yan'an, China +86 911 821 3666
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4.5 based on 26 reviews

Revolutionary Memorial Hall (Geming Jinianguan)

Reviewed By Andrew_Alin - Greater Adelaide, Australia

This revolutionary memorial complex is large and sprawling, and is very popular with large groups of predominantly domestic tour groups. It is definitely worth visiting when in yan'an, as it presents the chinese cultural revolution from a unique perspective.

3. Baota shan

South-east of Yan'an, Baota District, Yan'an 716000, China
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4.5 based on 24 reviews

Baota shan

Reviewed By Andrew_Alin - Greater Adelaide, Australia

This pagoda is situated on the top of a very small hill, but worth a visit nevertheless, as the surrounding countryside is quite pretty when we visited in feb 2014. Expect to spend about half a hour here.

4. Yangjialing Revolutionary Former site

Yangjialing Village, Baota District, Yan'an 716000, China
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4 based on 14 reviews

Yangjialing Revolutionary Former site

Reviewed By LG_Kay - Singapore, Singapore

I visited this place as part of 2D1N Yanan/Hukou tour from Xian. Those who are keen in Chinese political history will probably enjoy this place more than the casual tourists. This site was generally well maintained and preserved, such as the auditorium & the residences of Chairman Mao, Premier Zhou Enlai and other Chinese Communist Party's early leaders. Worthwhile to visit if you are in Yanan region.

5. Qingliang Mountain of Yan'an

Bank of Yanhe, north of Yan'an, Baota District, Yan'an 716000, China
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4.5 based on 8 reviews

Qingliang Mountain of Yan'an

Reviewed By Andrew_Alin - Greater Adelaide, Australia

Visiting in the middle of winter, we found the way up extremely long and difficult. Add in the steep sections and slippery steps iced over in places, making theis site unsuitable for anyot who isn't reasonably fit. Grippy shoes are a must !!
The views from the top were great though, and made it all worthwhile.
The descent was even harder than the wsy up, as we kept worrying about slipping on an icy patch on the steep steps.
Highly recommended to visit, but arrive prepared.

6. Xuanyuan Temple

Qiaoshan Mountain, North of Baota, Baota District, Yan'an 716000, China
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4.5 based on 5 reviews

Xuanyuan Temple

Reviewed By _G5454PC

雖然裡面沒有太多東西可看,但這個地方有非常強的歷史意義,裡面有一顆五千多年的古樹,相傳是皇帝軒轅氏親手種下。

7. Former Revolutionary Headquarters at Wangjiaping

Wangjiaping, Baota District, Yan'an 716000, China
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4.5 based on 3 reviews

Former Revolutionary Headquarters at Wangjiaping

Reviewed By Peter D - Phnom Penh, Cambodia

This place is really indispensable if you are a fan of Red history. If you've come to Yan'an that's probably what you are so don't miss this.

8. Yan'an Baota Pagoda

Jialing Mountain, South-east of Yan'an, Baota District, Yan'an 716000, China
Excellent
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3.5 based on 10 reviews

Yan'an Baota Pagoda

Reviewed By KodoDrummer - Yekaterinburg, Russia

This is a 44-metre high, octagonal, brick pagoda. It is a protected national relic, the symbol of Yan’an, and located on the top of Baota Hill (Pagoda Hill), which is 1136 metres in height and overlooks Yan'an City. Similar to many pagodas in China, it is illuminated in the evening.
President Xi Jinping has referred to Baota Mountain as the symbol of the Chinese Communist revolution.
The pagoda was originally built during the Tang Dynasty (618 to 907), and rebuilt during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).
An inexpensive way to get to the pagoda is by bus # 1 or #3. They can be boarded at Yan'an Railway Station, or anywhere along their routes.
There is a 65 rmb admission fee to tour the pagoda.

9. Nanniwan Revolutionary Site

45km South-east of Yan'an, Baota District, Yan'an 716000, China
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3.5 based on 3 reviews

Nanniwan Revolutionary Site

Reviewed By A TripAdvisor China Member

没有看头的地方,就是一亩一亩水稻田。其余啥都没有。看了看陈列馆,当年种的都是粮食作物。什么水稻了,玉米了之类的。好像也没种什么花吧?!

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