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The enthralling city of Xi’an houses some of China’s most significant historical artefacts and showcases the country’s fascinating past. The highlight to any trip to Xi’an is a chance to see the Terracotta Warriors, 2000 immaculately carved statues that have collectively been called the eighth wonder of the world. You can also follow in the footsteps of the Emperors of the Ming Dynasty as you explore the Wild Goose Pagoda and admire the ancient ramparts of the walled city which dates back over 3,000 years. With luxury hotels and shopping to boot, Xi’an offers a mixture of history and modernity to form an unmissable port of call on any China itinerary.

 

What you’ll love most about Xi’an

  • Marvel at the awe-inspiring Terracotta Army, an archaeological wonder featuring thousands of life-sized terracotta warriors, horses, and chariots buried with China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang
  • Walk or cycle along the ancient City Wall of Xi’an, one of the most well-preserved city walls in China, offering panoramic views of the cityscape and surrounding area
  • Explore the vibrant Muslim Quarter, a bustling neighbourhood known for its lively markets, narrow alleyways, and delicious street food, including specialties like lamb skewers and roujiamo (Chinese burgers)
  • Visit the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, a Buddhist pagoda built during the Tang dynasty, housing ancient Buddhist scriptures and offering serene gardens and cultural performances
  • Discover the rich history of Shaanxi province at the Shaanxi History Museum, with its extensive collection of artifacts, including bronze vessels, pottery, and Tang dynasty murals
  • Relax in the picturesque surroundings of Huaqing Palace, a historic hot spring resort frequented by Chinese emperors, featuring beautiful gardens, pavilions, and the legendary “Imperial Pool of Nine Dragons”

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