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Visit Xian, China



Xi'an is the capital of Shaanxi province, located in the northwest of China, in the center of the Guanzhong Plain. One of the oldest cities in China, the city was known as Chang'an before the Ming dynasty.

Xi'an is the most selected city on the China city tour list just after Beijing. "Xian" in Chinese literally means "Peace in the West", historically known as "Chang An" ( Perpetual Peace ), an ancient capital city for some of the most important dynasties in Chinese history, including the Zhou, Qin, Han, the Sui, and Tang dynasties.

Many tourists say the city of Xian looks more Chinese than the those metropolitan cities such as Beijing, Shanghai. It is a favorite haven for those who are interested in Chinese culture and its people.

If it is your first time to visit Xian, then you may wonder what are the most important things to do in Xian for a short trip of 2-3 days. There is huge information on what to see in Xian, which you may get from either some popular travel books or plentiful quality websites including tripadvisor.com and about.com.

As a local travel expert, we are happy to present you our version of Top 10 Things to Do in Xian for your reference. You are kindly advised to visit Xian per your personal interest. Hope our Top 10 Things to Do in Xi'an will be helpful in planning your Xian trip.

Here are reasons why Xi'An is an ideal destination to visit in China for city dwellers.

The most ancient city of China with 5000 years of history

Mainland Chinese would tell you, "go to Shen Zhen for 10 years of Chinese history, Shanghai for 100 years, Beijing for 1000 years and Xi'An for everything."

Xi'An is the most ancient city in China. History buff or not, you will be amazed and overwhelmed by the Zhong Hua 5000 nian it has to offer. Xi'An was the nation's capital for 11 dynasties, so you'll get to see the transitions and influences from the main four feudal dynasties - Qin, Han, Tang and Ming.

Xi'An City retains the Muslim community that came through the Silk Road from the Middle East during the Tang Dynasty. Located north of the city center, you will find small lanes aligned with stalls selling authentic hand-made Muslim food and exquisite souvenirs.

This is a distinctive snack of Xi'An; a traditional nourishing meal not only for the locals but visiting foreigners. 羊肉泡馍 is made from broiling flavourful meat on charcoal fire.

Feast on 44 types of dumplings

b2ap3_thumbnail_dumpling-Copy.jpgHaving been the nation's capital for 11 dynasties, Xi'An is also the birthplace of the traditional dumpling. It was here where the art of creating the tastiest and most delicate dumpling flourished.

A haven for dumpling connoisseurs, your palate will be stimulated by the varying flavours, shapes and colours along with their elegant names and stories.

While many would say no visit to Xi'An is complete unless you’ve seen the Terra Cota Warriors, a dumpling feast would have to go on this list too.

Perfect infusion between cultural sites and cityscape

Despite its rich and long embedded history, Xi'An's ancient culture does not hinder modern daily city life. Instead, it adds vibrancy and identity to this town; cultural sites add character to the city.

A good post-work activity is lingering around the cultural sites, admiring them as they light up.

No air pollution; clear skies on most days

Touring around Xi'An city, you may notice the massive constructions of better infrastructures and the sudden burgeoning of skyscrapers in the city centre. However, you do not have to slap on N95 masks and fear an imminent lung cancer diagnosis.

You get clear skies on most days.

Helpful and friendly people that will touch your heart

Lose your stereotypical preconceptions of rude and rowdy mainland Chinese. The quote “it is during the worst time of your life that you’ll get to see the true colours of people” is undeniably true. As amateur mountain climbers, we were making a big fuss at the most dangerous trail at Hua Shan.

Pomegranates at your disposal

Lintong district, one of the nine districts of Xi'An, is not only the hometown for Terra Cota warriors but also eminent for pomegranate growing town. Pomegranate was brought to China from Persia through the Silk Road during Han dynasty. There is a Lintong Pomegranate Festival during mid September every year.


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