Xi'an

As one of the four ancient civilized capitals in the world, Xi'an is a famous historical city in the world with rich tour resources. It had been the center of politics, economy, culture and external exchange in China in the Han Dynasty and Tang Dynasty. At that time, it was also an international city with a population of more than one million.

The saying"Rome in the west, Xi'an in the east" is portraiture for the position of Xi'an in world's history. It was also the starting point of the famous Silk Road. With profound history, as well as the plenty of cultural relic and historical site, Xi'an has earned its reputation of "Natural History Museum".

There are 554 historic and cultural relics under state protection in Xi'an. 89 key historical sites in Shaanxi are under state protection, among which 8822 are mausoleums, over 5700 are ancient sites and 21100 are sites of cultural remains.

Xi'an, a famous ancient city well-known in the world, is like a traditional thread binding book well preserved till today, honestly recording and enshrining the memory of this city. Possessing abundant tourist resources, Xi'an is concentrating its efforts on developing its distinctive tourist culture and building up a new visage to receive tourists all over the world.

In recent years, Xi'an has become a member of the first group of the outstanding tourist cities in China. With fast development of tourism and continuously perfection of tourist facilities, tourism had become the pillar industry and the leading industry in Xi'an. You can enjoy its famous attractions, unique and delicious gourmet, and colorful night life there, all of which include abundant culture and customs. As a result, you may get more knowledge of Chinese culture and civilization.
 

Major Xian attractions
With many historical monuments and a plethora of ancient ruins and tombs nearby, Xi'an has been one of the most popular tourist destinations in China. It has many important historical sites, and some are archaeological projects, such as the Mausoleum of the First Emperor of China called Qin Shi Huang and his Terracotta Army. The historical sites also include a large number of tombs, towers and other ancient buildings.

The Terracotta Army is the Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses of the First Emperor of China, well-known as"the Eighth Wonders of the world". The terracotta figures, dating from 210 BCE, include strong warriors, chariots, horses, officials, acrobats, strongmen, and musicians.

Ancient City Wall in Xi'an represents one of the oldest and best preserved Chinese city walls. The existing wall was started by the Ming Dynasty in 1370.

Big Wild Goose Pagoda, built in 652, is a Buddhist pagoda located in southern Xi'an. With magnificent history and profound culture, it will reward you more interesting knowledge about China.

The Great Mosque of Xi'an, as a popular tourist site of Xi'an, is one of the oldest and most renowned mosques in the country. It is still used by Chinese Muslims today as a place of worship.

The Bell Tower is a symbol of the city of Xi'an, which contains several large bronze-cast bells from the Tang Dynasty. There are some legends about it that makes it full of mystery.

The Stele Forest is a museum for steles and stone sculptures, famous for its numerous historic inscriptions and stonework. It is divided into seven exhibitions halls, which mainly display works of calligraphy, painting and historical records.