The bright lights and shiny, modern buildings of Shanghai and Beijing attract more visitors every year now. However, it would be a shame to overlook the ancient capital of Xian on a China tour. This Silk Road hub still holds a mysterious charm in the modern world.
The most obvious attraction is the Terracotta warriors. Archeologists only took notice of this site in 1974, after some villagers uncovered it. Since then, it has become one of the most visited places in China. These life-sized sculptures of soldiers were meant to look over Emperor Qin Shi Huang's reign over another empire after death. What remains is an impressive testament to the artistry and dedication of the people who lived during Xian's prime.
The city wall and its gates also offer an enjoyable sight for tourists. They also help people orient themselves in relation to the city center. These walls are some of the most complete ancient structures in China. Following their guide also leads visitors to other interesting sights like the gates and the bell tower, which is in the center of the old town.
Finally, every visitor should plan a trip to the Muslim Quarter in Xian. Far from a tourist-oriented construction, this area has housed the Muslim population, both Chinese and foreign, for centuries and continues to thrive. While standard Chinese fare can be had here, visitors should consider trying out some of the more traditional regional meals. These tend to use lamb and plenty of chili peppers-a nice change during a tour through the Middle Kingdom.
Xian may not be the country's capital any longer, but it is not a remote outpost. It is a big enough city to offer anything a traveler might want. A China tour with Xian on the itinerary will give visitors a different perspective of the past, present and future of this dynamic country.
Xian, also called Chang'an, is the largest city in north-west China. It had served as the nation's capital for 13 dynasties such as Western Zhou. It is famous for historical importance.
Top attractions in Xian:
Terra-cotta Army, Banpo Museum, Huaqing Hotspring, and more.
If cities aren't your style and you'd rather see the more remote places on your tour of China. Perhaps Lhasa-Tibet or Jiuzhaigou Sichuan would be more to your pleasing. Lhasa-Tibet is a place lonely from the rest of the world with the winding hills of the high plateau and the amazing Himalayas. Jiuzhaigou-Sichuan is situated in the depths of the mountains in the border area of Nanping.
So whatever your preferences might be. A China tour will be an experience to remember.