Best Cities to Visit in China (X): Xi’an

Best Cities to Visit in China (X): Xi’an

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Best Cities to Visit in China: Xi'an

 

Xi'an is China's Rome, an ancient city where the empire was originally founded and which ruled over two separate golden ages in Chinese history. 

 

Established in 200 BCE as Chang'an (Eternal Peace), the city served as the capital of the Middle Kingdom for over a millennia and was the eastern terminus of the Silk Road. At its height during the Tang dynasty (618–907), it was the largest city in the world with one of the most diverse populations, attracting traders, religious missionaries, musicians, craftsmen and thinkers from across Central Asia, India and beyond. 

 

Best Cities to Visit in China: Xi'an

 

What's here? There is little that remains of this extraordinary era above ground, but the imperial tombs outside the city have yielded some extraordinary finds, the most famous of which is the Terracotta Army. Equally intriguing is the little-known tomb of Emperor Jing, who ruled soon after and yet left an entirely different legacy. 

 

Wider ranges of artifacts are on display in the provincial and city museums, but if you prefer activities, there's nothing like a bike ride around the massive city wall. Stroll through the old Muslim Quarter for a meal, some souvenir shopping, and a visit to China's oldest mosque.

 

Best Cities to Visit in China: Xi'an

 

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