Temple of Xian

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Remark: This article describes the level Temple of Xian in Tomb Raider II. For information about the location, see Xi'an.

Temple of Xian
Tomb Raider II
Section China Section
Level No 15
Length (*)
  • Game Time: 75 minutes

Secrets 3
Location Asia, China
Level Chronology:
Ice Palace Temple of Xian Floating Islands

Temple of Xian is the 15th level in Tomb Raider II.

The location of the level is Xi'an in China.


Main article: Tomb Raider II Story

Lara enters the Temple of Xian and finds the Dagger of Xian on a pedestal right in front of her. However, obtaining the dagger isn't that easy as the hidden trapdoor drops Lara to the depths of the temple.

End Cutscene

Lara overlooks from a higher ledge how Marco Bartoli has reached the Dagger of Xian before her. She watches from above how he and his henchmen perform a ritual where Marco kills himself with the Dagger of Xian. His henchmen carry the body with them out of the temple's chamber.


  • Enter the first temple using The Dragon Seal
  • Make your way through the traps and spider cave
  • Reach the top of the dragon pillar



In this level you can find 3 stone dragons.

Artefacts & Keys



First Aid
More Gear


Traps & Obstacles


Obstacles, Triggers & Puzzles

Typical Scenery of the Level

Further Information

The Temple of Xian level is among the longest in Tomb Raider II, where Lara encounters various traps and enemies based upon Chinese legends and stories. Such as the spider cave is based on Journey to the West, one of the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature, with the name of 盤絲洞, literally the Cave of Tangled Silk.

Meaning of xian

The word Xian could be perceived by how the Chinese term is translated, as it could be one word for an immortal (仙, xian), or the location that the area is based, Xī'ān (西安), the capital of Shaanxi province in China and a sub-provincial city. Known as one of the most important cities in Chinese history, Xi'an is listed as one of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China because it has been the capital of 13 dynasties, including the Zhou, Qin, Han, and Tang. Xi'an is also the eastern end of the Silk Road. However, it was called Chang'an (Traditional Chinese: 長安; Simplified Chinese: 长安, pinyin: Cháng'ān; literally "Perpetual Peace") in ancient times, when it used to be the capital of China.