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Top 05 Facts You Should Know about Xi’an - An ancient culture preserved in modernity

The city of Xi’an is a truly special destination to be at, especially for travellers that are enamoured by the allure of deep-rooted history and significance. With over 3000 years of history, Xi’an holds a special place in China, but also the rest of the world in many ways.


The history of Xi’an

It is no understatement that the city of Xi’an has had a rich and influential history. The city was historically referred to as Chang ‘an and was the home to over 10 different dynasties. These included the well-known Qin, Han, Sui and Tang Dynasties.
There are many remnants from these dynasties that have captured the imagination of millions of visitors. For example, it was Emperor Qin Shi Huang that set about creating the first feudal dynasty, but you may know him for a much more recognizable monument he left behind.
The Terracotta Army of China is well known as one of the most extraordinary archaeological findings and has gained worldwide popularity. Additionally, there remain structures such as the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda or the Drum tower, all serving as testaments to the brilliance of these bygone eras.


Xi’an and the Silk Road

The Silk Road is well known for its sheer scale as well as the lasting impact it had on the economies of the countries it passed through. Being one of the largest trade routes known to man, it brought a variety of cultures together and facilitated the exchange of knowledge that left a tangible imprint on the trajectory of many nations.
It should be known that Xi’an was essentially the starting point for the Silk Road and it stretches to the Mediterranean!


There is always room for food

A city with such a storied history and utility to its surrounding regions has the added benefit of being able to feed the hunger of all those who pass through it. For that reason, the city of Xi’an has a strong grounding in its cuisine and is an aspect of the city that needs to be tasted to be appreciated.
If you are at any of the Xi’an hotels, for example, the Grand Park Xian be sure to spend some time researching the eateries in your visit or consulting with other forums to narrow down the best places to try some grub. Some recommendations to sink your teeth into would be Spicy Pigs Kidneys, Gourd-Shaped Chicken and Biang Biang Noodles!


A wealth of handicrafts awaits

Alongside the cities knack for concocting dishes to bring joy to the hearts of people, the long history of Xi’an has provided plenty of room for artistic development as well as the growth of its handicraft’s communities. Its talented craftsmen are now able to reproduce the elegant artworks of the Qin and Tang dynastic along with porcelain ware, jade and paintings making it a cultural hot spot.


It is easily accessible

Given the many reasons to visit Xi’an, it is always welcome news to learn that the city and its transport mechanisms work like well-oiled machines. Not only that, but the city is also well connected by the Xi’an Xianyang International Airport as well as a sprawling railway network, making it one of the most accessible cities in the region.

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