Xi'an is the oldest of China's Four Great Ancient Capitals, serving as the capital city of 13 dynasties spreading intermittently across a 1,100-year period from 221 BC. It is often called the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Xi'an was the eastern terminus of the Silk Road, and played a very important part in Chinese history.
Xi'an is characterized by and is proud of its ancient heritage, such as the world-renowned Terracotta Army. A visit to Xi'an is often at the top of a traveler's to-do list.
Xi'an is the capital of Shaanxi Province, located in North Central China. It is about 2 hours by air from Beijing and 2½ hours from Shanghai.
The Features of Xi'an
Xi'an is one of the four Chinese capitals of the world's ancient civilizations, with a history of over 3,000 years. Read more about the History of Xi'an.
Xi'an boasts numerous historical sites and cultural relics, including 72 imperial tombs and over 700 historical sites from ancient pagodas to the city wall. Six of them were inscribed on the World Heritage List, including the Terracotta Warriors and Horses and Big Wild Goose Pagoda.
As famous as its cultural heritage, the variety of local snacks is another feature of Xi'an. It is said that there are over 1,000 kinds of snacks in Xi’an.