"Xian "Peaceful western part of China"" Top 5 Page for this destination Xi'an by albaaust

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Xi’an was formerly called Chang’an and lies in the central part of Guanzhong Plain between the Wei River to the north and the Qinling Mountain to the south.

Xi’an has immense historical significance. It was the capital city for thirteen dynasties from 1100 BC, the start (in China) and end of the “old silk road” and arguably the most important archeological site in China. It is a treasure trove of historical relics with 72 tombs of Emperors and palaces, temples and multiple other reminders of the past. There are 37 national monument historical sites designated for state protection and 283 provincial sites with more than 2 million cultural relics in the Xi’an area.

The city itself is in a rectangular shape with the central block bound by city walls dating back to 582 AD.

In terms of its cuisine Xi’an is famous for its noodles and dumplings which are made from wheat.

The interesting thing for us is that although a lot of people go to Xian to see the Terracotta warriors for us what was even more interesting was the city wall.

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Pros and Cons
  • Pros:The city wall
  • Cons:none really
  • In a nutshell:More than the terracotta warriors
  • Last visit to Xi'an: Dec 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • roamer61's Profile Photo
    Feb 2, 2011 at 11:12 AM

    Nice pages on Xian. I may be going there this Fall as part of a trip to China.

  • Arkeolog's Profile Photo
    Apr 13, 2009 at 7:50 AM

    Hi Alice, your Xi'an page is excellent. after your tips Im agree with you, Xi'an is more than the terracotta warriors. thx for sharing. best wishes.

  • piglet44's Profile Photo
    Dec 30, 2007 at 12:10 PM

    brilliant info, Alice. We are now going in April(sept didn't work out :0(

  • lgh's Profile Photo
    Aug 13, 2007 at 8:50 AM

    Hi Alice, Thank you for sharing the tips on Xi'an esp. the train trips. Great pics also. :-)

  • easterntrekker's Profile Photo
    Aug 10, 2007 at 6:37 PM

    Thanks for the tips we are traveling to China for the first time in Spt.. Love your sunset pictures too!!

  • Helga67's Profile Photo
    Jun 22, 2007 at 5:42 AM

    I enjoyed reading your Xian page. We are heading there in Autumn and I found several useful tips on your page. Thanks for sharing.

  • aussirose's Profile Photo
    Feb 3, 2007 at 7:19 PM

    Wow! Fabulous pages here Alice :o) Interesting train journey :o) Oh and I love your night shots!! Cheers, Ann :o)

  • Homanded's Profile Photo
    Jan 20, 2007 at 5:13 AM

    Your Xian tips are RIGHT ON! From the noodle restaurant to the Bell Tower Hotel to the wasted time at the tomb. It's like revisiting there again. Off to your Beijing pages now.


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