Xian is referred to as a ‘living book of history’ since it boasts endless records of the significant changes that took place in the history of China. During ancient times Xian was better known as Chang’an and it is among the first few places that gave birth to ancient civilization especially along the Yellow River. With a history of more than 3,100 years of development, Xian was also the capital for 13 different dynasties.
All this makes Xian ultimately a great place to explore. With its cultural and historical importance, this unmatched tourist destination offers its visitors with many things to see and do. Apart from history, ancient monuments, artefacts and museums the city is also unique when it comes to shopping, dining and nightlife.
Positioned excellently towards the south of the Guanzhong Plain, Xian is surrounded by mountains and water. The city is home to many fascinating museums which are generally regarded as the best way to start exploring this exceptional destination.
Acclaimed as ‘the eighth major miracle of the world’, The Museum of Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses is a must see place here. At this site visitors will find 7,000 pottery soldiers, weapons and horses lined up in full guard for Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s tomb. The famous Mausoleum of Emperor Qin Shi Huang even occupies a place on the World Heritage List. Built during the early years of the Ming Dynasty is the impressive City Wall which is also rated as a must visit place in Xian. Other great attractions include Bell Tower, Qinling Zoological Park, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Forest of Stone Steles, Drum Tower, Shaanxi History Museum, Moslem Street and much more.
While exploring the amazing attractions of Xian, dining plays an important role. Travellers can savour delectable Shaanxi snacks, sumptuous Guangdong cuisine, various types of foreign delicacies as well as famous Sichuan Cuisine. There are also innumerable shopping outlets in Xian which is the most noteworthy city in northwest China. There are various shopping centres, department stores, supermarkets, boutiques, craft shops spread right across the city. This ancient city even has bars, and discos for the younger and more energetic visitor to enjoy.
Meanwhile, the well planned out transportation network helps the visitor explore Xian with much ease. With its development as a captivating tourist destination, finding convenient yet world class accommodation is not at all a complicated issue. For instance, Golden Flower Hotel Xian which is a distinctive Xian luxury hotel is well known for providing its guests the opportunity to enjoy a memorable holiday with a host of modern amenities.