Xian (西安 or Xi'an in Chinese) is the capital of Shaanxi Province, China. It, known as Chang'an, was the capital of ancient China.

For over 1,000 years, Xian city has been capital for 13 dynasties, and a total of 73 emperors ruled China here. Lying upon the grand history, the city has wonders of historical ruins and cultural relics. Even before the lives of Christ, Mohammad, and Siddhartha, Xi'an was a world class city standing in the eastern terminus of the Ancient Silk Road. The exchange in goods, ideas, culuture and more between the East and the West along the Silk Road had already influencing the world outside of The Great Wall of China. As one of the oldest capital cities in Chinese history, Xi'an has a historic deposit in civilization.

In the present times, you can see some its former glory remains within the city although warfare and constant political changes throughout the ages.

Anciety city Wall

Xi'an City WallThe Xi'an City Wall is not only the most complete city wall that has survived in China, but it's also one of the largest and most complete ancient military systems of defense in the world. The city walls here were actually built on the fortifications of the Tang Forbidden City.

Terracotta Warriors

Terracotta WarriorsThese life-size delicate terracotta armies of the emperors from the Western Han dynasty is an tourism icon of Xian. In addition to the fourteen original terracotta warriors, the Maaseik Museums are proud to present over two hundred grave gifts from the Qin and Western Han dynasties.

Big Wild Goose Pagoda

Big Wild Goose PagodaThe Big Wild Goose Pagoda could be regarded as one of the well-known Buddhist holy temple in China, situated in the southern outskirt, 4 kms from Xian city seat. In a large degree, it is a symbol of the old-line Xi'an and National Key Cultural Relic, which attracts numerous tourists every year.

Huashan Mountain

Huashan MountainThe Huashan mountain is one of China's Five Sacred Daoist Mountains, and has a long history of religious significance. The mountain has five main peaks, of which the tallest is the South Peak at 2160 m. Huashan Mountain boasts five imposing peaks with sheer precipices and overhanging rocks. Each presents a unique scenic beauty, surrounded by over 70 minor peaks.

Forest of Steles

Forest of StelesStele Forest, also known as Xi'an Beilin Museum or Xi'an Stele Forest Museum, is a museum for housing steles and stone sculptures in all ages. It was originally built in 1087 and rebuilt in 1944. Its name comes from its huge collection of steles, reminiscent of a forest.

The climate of Xian is relatively dry so drink enough water every day. Eat some fruits (very cheap) or vegetables. If you visit this city in fall, the rain-proof is necessary. Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) are the best seasons during the year for traveling Xian. From December to the last third of February is the low season, the prices of the entrance tickets are reduced half and attractions are not crowded as the normal and peak seasons.