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Xi’an History: Facts, Historic Sites, and Travel Tips

Xi’an History: Facts, Historic Sites, and Travel Tips

Xi’an’s history is a live and vivid book that has recorded the great historic changes of China. As a Roman philosopher named Augustus said, "the history of a city is the history of a nation". Over 3,000 years of Chinese history have accumulated in Xi’an, so you can experience the authentic look of Chinese civilization as well as the national Chinese spirit in Xi’an. It is one of the four oldest ci...

Xi'an, the Hub of Transport Network in Old and Modern China

Xi'an, the Hub of Transport Network in Old and Modern China

Xi’an, one of the oldest cities in China, is not a stranger to developments in transportation. In ancient times, this city served as the starting point of the Silk Road that went all the way from Asia to Europe. Strategically located in central-northwestern part of China, modes of modern transportations are established that provide convenience in getting around the country, even outside its border...

1 Day in Xi’an: Everything You Should Know

1 Day in Xi’an: Everything You Should Know

When the Terracotta Army was discovered in Xi’an, this ancient city that’s over 3,000 years old suddenly came into the world’s spotlight. Uncover the culture and history of Xi’an — you’ll be astonished by its glorious past and impressive highlights, such as Xi’an City Wall, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, and the Tomb of Emperor Jingdi. As the capital of 13 dynasties and the terminus of the Silk Road, Xi’a...

Top 10 Things to Do in Xi'an

Top 10 Things to Do in Xi'an

Xi'an has a history of over 5,000 years and is regarded as the most representative ancient city in China. It's not only famous for its long and glorious history but is also popular for its well-known underground treasure: the Terracotta Army. Xi'an is an interesting city and has a strong cultural atmosphere. Slow your pace and discover the most local and special highlights. Here are 10 things you ...

Big Wild Goose Pagoda - the Largest and Earliest Tang-Style Tower

Big Wild Goose Pagoda - the Largest and Earliest Tang-Style Tower

It's said: "one who fails to reach Big Wild Goose Pagoda has not been to Xi'an". As one of the most remarkable highlights of Xi'an, Big Wild Goose Pagoda is the largest and earliest example of a Tang-style pagoda. It has witnessed the fusion of Chinese and Buddhist cultures while condensing the wisdom of the ancient Chinese people. Highlights Experience Buddhist culture in this former capital....

The Terracotta Army - Everything You Should Know

The Terracotta Army - Everything You Should Know

The first emperor of a unified China, Qin Shi Huang, has slept underground with thousands of troops for over 2,000 years. When standing in front of the terracotta army, visitors are astonished by its strong, imposing manner. People can't help but to be convinced that perhaps Qin Shi Huang is still dominating his country in the underground world. Now such an important national treasure, the terraco...

Xi'an - the Most Representative Witness of the History of China

Xi'an - the Most Representative Witness of the History of China

In China, there's no city that's more historic than Xi'an. As the oldest ancient city, it has a history of over 3,000 years and has witnessed 13 famous dynasties(such as the Han and Tang dynasties)throughout China's history. Xi'an is like an elderly man who was brought up with Chinese civilization and culture. Xi'an was not only the original starting point of the Silk Road, but was also one of the...

Xi'an Airport, Xi'an Metro, and Xi'an Train Station - Xi'an Transportation Guide

Xi'an Airport, Xi'an Metro, and Xi'an Train Station - Xi'an Transportation Guide

Many cities in China have excellent public transportation options, allowing visitors (both domestic and foreign) to get from place to place easily.  This is great, because there are so many things for you to see and places for you to go!  Xi’An, one of the most popular tourist destinations, is no exception to this rule.  With the Xi’An Metro, Xi’An Airport, and Xi’An Train Station, along with taxi...

Xi’an Famous Food and Recommended Xi’an Restaurants

Xi’an Famous Food and Recommended Xi’an Restaurants

For many people, one of the best parts about traveling and visiting another country is the chance to try a different cuisine.  Local flavor is part of what makes each country, region, or city its own unique destination.  While this doesn’t mean everyone is going to jump at the chance to try unusual local delicacies, most people appreciate authentic food when they travel.  In fact, “foodie tourism”...

Xi’an Weather: The Best Time to Visit Xi’an

Xi’an Weather: The Best Time to Visit Xi’an

The city of Xi’an, located in northwestern central China, is the capital of Shaanxi province.  It’s one of the oldest cities in China, and served as capital for several historical dynasties.  It is also extremely popular with tourists.  Xi’an is home to many attractions, such as the Terracotta Army, the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, numerous temples, museums, and heritage sites.  It is also a beautiful...

Where to Stay in Xi'an, Xi'an Hotels

Where to Stay in Xi'an, Xi'an Hotels

Xi’an was the forerunner of cultural developments in China and one of the oldest civilizations in the world next to Cairo, Athens, and Rome. The city remains ancient in form with buildings, artifacts, and historical sites still intact. Tourism boosts with the discovery of Terracota Warriors in 1974 followed by the preservations of other attractions such as the City Wall. With the flock of tourists...

Top 10 Facts about the Terracotta Army

Top 10 Facts about the Terracotta Army

The Terracotta Army is very mysterious and we have various questions about it: Why did Emperor Qin Shi Huang build such a large-scale tomb? Are these terracotta warriors all the same? Where is the Terracotta Army? Don't be puzzled, here are all the answers for you. 1.    What Is the Terracotta Army? Thousands of pottery warriors were buried underground for over 2,000 years. Were they just built ...

Top 10 Facts about Xi'an: History, Culture, Lifestyle, and Travel Tips

Top 10 Facts about Xi'an: History, Culture, Lifestyle, and Travel Tips

The Terracotta Army is the most representative calling card of Xi'an. You may not know where Xi'an is but you will have heard of this famous attraction. However, if you want to explore Xi'an in depth and discover 5,000 years of Chinese civilization, you should learn about it from all sides, including its history, culture, and local lifestyle. Here are 10 useful tips to help you understand Xi'an be...

Xi'an Nightlife: Snacks, Night Sceneries, Night Markets, Shows, and Night Clubs

Xi'an Nightlife: Snacks, Night Sceneries, Night Markets, Shows, and Night Clubs

How can you spend your nights in Xi'an? After exploring the site of the Terracotta Army or other attractions during the day, the Xi'an nightlife should be a different and relaxing experience. Taste some representative snacks, hang out at the night markets and go shopping for souvenirs, admire the beautiful night views, and then watch a special local show. If you are still full of energy, go to a l...

Top 10 Foods/Snacks You Can't Miss in Xi'an

Top 10 Foods/Snacks You Can't Miss in Xi'an

Xi'an was once the  capital of China during 13 dynasties. Xi'an not only has a proud history but its fancy foods can satisfy your fastidious taste buds. Dining like a native and discovering the most delicious Xi'an food is a must-do experience. Don't get entangled with so many tasty snacks — we have listed the top 10 foods/snacks you should try in Xi'an: 1.    Yangrou Paomo, Flatbread in Mutton S...

The Muslim Quarter: Souvenirs, Snacks, and the Kind Muslim People

The Muslim Quarter: Souvenirs, Snacks, and the Kind Muslim People

Located near Xi'an City Wall, Xi'an Bell Tower, and Xi'an Drum Tower, the Muslim Quarter has a different flavor to the rest of the city with a local cultural and ethnic atmosphere. Since the Western Han Dynasty (206 BC – 9 AD), when the Silk Road began to be formed, many Arab traders migrated to Xi'an (the capital of China at that time) to do business. Today 20,000 Muslims still live there and are...

Tangbo Art Museum - a Gathering Place for Local Folk Arts

Tangbo Art Museum - a Gathering Place for Local Folk Arts

Visiting museums is the best way to understand Xi'an, particularly as there are a number of collections from the Tang Dynasty (618–907). Different from Shaanxi History Museum, Tangbo Art Museum is a heavenly place for art lovers as it displays representative local folk arts and ancient Chinese paintings. There, you can not only discover Chinese art history but you can also have a cultural lesson a...

Shaanxi History Museum - Exhibitions, Collections, and Visiting Tips

Shaanxi History Museum - Exhibitions, Collections, and Visiting Tips

Located in the northwest of the ancient Chinese capital, Xi'an, Shaanxi History Museum displays a microscopic picture of all the highlights throughout Chinese history. There are 1,717,950 cultural relics in Shaanxi History Museum, dating from ancient times to 1840. Full of ancient splendor and glamorous historic relics, the museum makes visitors curious to learn about the ancient side of Xi'an. S...

5 Differences Between the Terracotta Army and the Tomb of Emperor Jingdi

5 Differences Between the Terracotta Army and the Tomb of Emperor Jingdi

Both the Terracotta Army and the Tomb of Emperor Jingdi are marvelous imperial tombs in China, which uncover the mysterious yet exquisite funeral system of ancient China.In some ways, the Tomb of Emperor Jingdi inherited some excellent methods of the manufacturing process used for the Terracotta Army. Nevertheless, there are some evident differences worth discovering. Different Construction Times...

Tomb of Emperor Jingdi - an Underrated Relic of the Han Dynasty

Tomb of Emperor Jingdi - an Underrated Relic of the Han Dynasty

The "Rule of Wen and Jing" is an indelible tone of the 5,000 years of Chinese civilization while visiting the Tomb of Emperor Jingdi and is the best way to remember this great age's ruler. However, with the baptism of time and numerous glorious historic flowers blooming, people almost forget that besides the Terracotta Army, there is an underrated highlight in Xi'an — the Tomb of Emperor Jingdi. I...

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