Destination Guide – Xi’an

Xi’an is the capital of the Shaanxi province, and it sits in the southern portion of the Guanzhong Plain. The city is surrounded by water and hills, and it’s geography makes it a suitable destination any time of the year besides winter.

Xi’an is one of China’s oldest cities. It has existed for over 3,000 years and used to be known as Chang’an before the Ming Dynasty. Xi’an served as a capital city for many important Chinese dynasties throughout history, including the Tang, Sui, Han, Quin, and Zhou dynasties. Xi’an retains many aesthetic characteristics of it’s past and many tourists appreciate it’s old world charm in comparison to other popular destination cities. Xi’an is known as the eternal city, and the changes in the city over time make it a living history book of sorts.

Xi’an has many ancient ruins and historical monuments and sites. Because of this, it is one of the most popular locations for tourists in all of China. The walls around the city are a tourist attraction in of themselves, as they were constructed during the Ming Dynasty in the 14th century and have been well-preserved. There are several popular tombs and mausoleums near Xi’an, with the most well-known being the Mausoleum of Qin Shi Huang and his Terracotta Army. There are numerous other attractions in Xi’an, such as Big Wild Goose Pagoda, The Stele Forest, Wolong Temple, Jianfu Temple, The Shaanxi History Museum, Huaqing Hot Springs, as well as many popular national parks and mountains.