Xi'an is the historical "Center" of China with more than 3,100 years of history. It served as the ancient capital of 13 dynasties and is one of the world's top four ancient capital cities. Xi'an ranks alongside Rome and Athens as one of the world's greatest centers of civilization. It is the hometown of world-famous Terracotta Warriors, the 8th wonder of the world.
The Terracotta Army
The great archeological excavation of Qin (221BC-206BC) Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses unfolded a strong army of altogether 7,000 life-size pottery soldiers, horses, chariots and weapons arranged in battle formations symbolically, guarding the tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huang. The grand Mausoleum of the first emperor of Qin and the warriors and horses buried in loess for over 2,000 years amaze every visitor there. Now the Emperor Qin Shi Huang's Mausoleum Site Park was just built on the entire tomb site to offer more spots worthwhile exploring. It is a major tourist attraction in China and is visited by hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over the world including many state leaders and dignitaries.
Adorned with a moat and the circular City Wall Park, the wall surrounds the square inner city. It is the most complete city wall to survive in the country, as well being one of the largest ancient military defensive systems in the world, built first in the early Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and renovated in recent years.
The Forest of Stone Tablets
It was originally built in 1087. It holds a big collection of steles in China. It is a classical courtyard styled structure at the site of former Confucian. The museum has an area of over 30,000 square meters. It is one of the centers of ancient Chinese stone-engraving classic. It is also the center of the works of art of noted calligraphers of past dynasties. The numerous standing steles likens a forest, hence the name "Forest of Steles". With a history of over 900 years, it is an art treasure well known at home and abroad.
Big Goose Pagoda
It is one of the oldest structures in China. Originally Big Goose Pagoda consisted of a brick structure of five stories and was about 60 meters high, first built in 589 A.D. in the Sui Dynasty. Between AD 701 and AD 704 during the reign of the Empress Wu Zetian five more stories were added to the pagoda making ten in all. It is one of the city's most distinctive and outstanding landmarks, possibly the most beautiful building left in Xi'an today.
Snacks and Muslim Culture
Xi'an is famous for its delicious snacks and culture. It has been selected by the American CNN as the ten best snack cities in Asia, favored by domestic and foreign tourists. In the Muslim Quarter, you can feel strong Muslim culture and atmosphere, building up a specific landscape for the city.