Xi'an is the capital of Shaanxi Province. A sub-provincial city on the Guanzhong Plain in northwest China, it is one of the oldest cities in China, and the oldest of the Four Great Ancient Capitals, having held the position under several of the most important dynasties in Chinese history, including Western Zhou, Qin, Western Han, Sui, and Tang. Xi'an is the starting point of the Silk Road and home to the Terracotta Army of Emperor Qin Shi Huang.and that is why the UNESCO listed Xian as the World Historical and Cultural City in 1981.
Rich history endows Xian with unique charms as a tourist city. As the home to world-famed Terracotta Warriors and Horses and as the start point of Silk Road, through which China had conducted the most important economy and culture communication with the western world, Xian draws numerous tourists with its enormous historical sites and cultural landscapes, and gives you a chance to explore the ancient China.
Most people only spend two or three days in Xi'an dynastic enthusiasts could easily stay busy for a week. Must-sees include the Army of Terracotta Warriors, the Tomb of Emperor Jingdi, Xi'an City Walls and the Muslim Quarter, but try to set aside time for its pagodas and museums, plus a side trip to nearby Hua Shan
When to Go
Apr Xi'an is warming up from winter and the trees are in flower, but brace for the occasional sandstorm.
Sep The heat of summer has ebbed, the chill of winter has yet to arrive and the weather.
Top Xi'an Attractions
Army of Terracotta Warriors: Seeing what guardians an emperor enlists to protect him in the afterlife.
Big Goose Pagoda: Admiring X classically styled Tang dynasty Buddhist pagoda, the centrepiece for a stunning sound and light show.
Hua Shan: Watching the sun rise over the Qini?ng Mountains from atop aoism's sacred and dramatic western peak.
Hancheng: Exploring this old town with its quaint quarter of buildings dating from the Yuan, Ming and Qing eras.
Tomb of Emperor Jingdi: Taking a different look at Chinas past by gazing down at enthralling excavations Muslim Quarter Gettin lost wanderin he backstreets of this ancient Xi'an quarter.
Xi'an City Walls: Hopping on a bike and riding atop these glorious walls that frm a 14km loop of the old city