Rome to the East,
Xi'an to the West
An ancient imperial capital and eastern departure point of the Silk Road, Xi’an (formerly Chang’an) has long been an important crossroads for people from throughout China, Central Asia, and the Middle East, and thus a hub of diverse ethnic identities and religious beliefs. The central location of Xi'an in what is now the Shaanxi Province, near the confluence of the Wei and Feng Rivers, helps explain why the area was the site of several important imperial capitals for almost a millennium of Chinese history.
Terra Cotta Warriors
The Terracotta Army isn't just Xi'an's premier sight: it's one of the most famous archaeological finds in the world. This subterranean life-size army of thousands has silently stood guard over the soul of China's first unifier for more than two millennia. Either Qin Shi Huang was terrified of the vanquished spirits awaiting him in the afterlife or, as most archaeologists believe, he expected his rule to continue in death as it had in life.
History History History
Apart from Terra Cotta Warriors, visitors can discover more treasures than frozen troops in Xi'an, though: Along with its famous cuisine, the city is rich with peaceful temples and holy mosques, hutongs that rival those in Beijing, historic palaces from the Tang Dynasty, and intact walls and fortifications that date back to the seventh century.
Top Museums in China
For a journey through the older imperial eras, the best place to visit is Xi'an. As the oldest of China's ancient capitals with a rich ancient heritage, Xi'an has a lot to offer in its museums. From the stone age to modern era China, the museums of Xi'an efficiently preserve the history of almost every age and dynasty. You can have a look at the life-size statues of an army that existed more than 2,000 years ago, reflect on the artisan skills seen in ancient artifacts, or admire the grandeur of the imperial life of the Tang Dynasty...
Chinese Muslim Culture
Xi’an was the first city in China to be introduced to Islam when Emperor Gaozong of the Tang dynasty officially allowed the practice of Islam in 651 AD and since, has made it home to a large Muslim community. Located in the city center, the Muslim Quarter is the hub of the Muslim community in the city. The quarter covers several blocks and is inhabited by over 20,000 Muslims.