China Destination Tip: Xi’an For Culture, History & 3,000 Year Old Traditions


China isn’t just about Shanghai or Beijing. Xi’an is the cradle of the Chinese civilization, with 3,000-year-old traditions combined with modern delicacies, history and vibrant culture, rich with color, and energy. Above, lanterns and flags decorate the old city wall.  

The name means the eternal city, a city that in ancient times, was one of the birthplaces of the ancient Chinese civilization in the Yellow River Basin area.

As the eastern terminal of the Silk Road and the site of the famous Terracotta Warriors of the Qin Dynasty, you can experience ancient dynasties that date back 1,100 years.  

Imagine experiencing Chinese culture through ancient temples, pagodas, museums, mausoleums, tombs and cultural relics and after you’re done with hours in the past, modern cuisine will invite you back to the present. Or, for shopping, head to Shuyuanmen and Luomashi streets, or to the funky student area around the university in an area called Xiao Zhai.  

Xi’an also makes a great base for those interested in taking in other parts the breathtaking Shaanxi region.

The awe-inspiring mountain of Hua Shan, one of China’s Five Great Mountains, is roughly 120 kilometres from the city center, making it a great option for a day trip if you want to use Xi’an as your base.

Photo credit: Kids Britannica

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