Known as Chang'an ancient times. Xi'an served as a capital city for 11 dynaxties on and off for a total period of 1,100 years, longer than any other ancient capital in China.
During the Han and Tang dynasties (206B.C. -907) Chang'an was the political, economic and cultural center of China and an international metropolis where Chinese and Western cultures met. While maintaining its ancient facade, Xi'an has also demonstrated vitality and modernity. The city is a must on the Silk Road Tour.
Main spots of interest: the terracotta army of Qinshihuang, the ancient city hall, Greater Wild Goose Pagoda, Shaanxi Museum of History, Huaqing Pool, Lesser Wild Goose Pagoda, Drums and Bell towers, Forest of Steles, Grand Mosque, Banpo Museum, and Silk Road sculptures.
Major festival: Xi'an Ancient Culture and Art Festival (September), Chang'an International Calligraphy Festival (taking place every two years) and the City Wall Latern Fair (around February).
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