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A city that can boast a truly illustrious past Xian is one of China's most famous cities and has been for millennia. Close by the incredible Terracotta Army of Qin Shi Huang, the emperor who united China's warring factions, stands sentinel, still guarding him well into the afterlife - with 2,000 years of being imperial capital for 11 dynasties, it is no surprise that new relics and ruins are being discovered around the city all the time.
In the city itself you’ll find magnificent Ming Dynasty City Walls, ancient towers and the atmospheric Muslim Quarter. Xi'an was also the terminus of the legendary Silk Road - new religions, ideas and philosophies were traded here, bringing the influence of the western world into the middle kingdom. The glory days may have ended in the 10th century but Xi'an has so much to offer in terms of culture and history behind its modern façade.
No trip to Xi'an would be complete without seeing one of the wonders listed below.
Perhaps the world's greatest archaeological site, a huge subterranean necropolis home to thousands of figures
The oldest, the largest and best preserved city wall in the whole of China enclosing 36 square kilometres of city.
The hub of Xi'an's Hui community, the Muslim Quarter is an intriguing labyrinth of old streets.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site boasting an exquisite appearance, beautiful craftsmanship and mysterious ambiance.
One of the grandest, most imposing and best preserved bell towers in the whole of China.
Opened in 1991 and houses artefacts and relics dating back to the Qin Dynasty,
Xi'an offers a wealth of wonderful sights and experiences. What better way to explore them than on a Wendy Wu tour?
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