Xi’an, located in central-northwest China,two and half hours by airplane from Shenyang, records the great changes of the country just like a living history book. Called Chang’an (meaning the eternal city) before the Ming dynasty, it is one of the oldest cities, one of the birthplaces of the ancient Chinese civilization in the Yellow River Basin area. As the eastern access to the Silk Road and the site of the famous Terracotta Warriors of the Qin Dynasty, the city has won a reputation all over the world. More than 3,000 years of history including over 1,100 years as the capital city of ancient dynasties, gives this city an amazing historical heritage.
There is a saying… Were China a tree, Beijing would be the crown while Xian would be its deep roots. As a saying goes: “Go to Shanghai and you will find a 100-year-old China; go to Beijing and you will find a 1000-year-old China; go to Xian and then you will find a 3000-year-old China.” Xian, the cradle of China, MUST be on your China bucket list.
I asked my Chinese friends what places I MUST see before I leave China. And they said there are many beautiful and interesting places in China but a foreigner MUST see Beijing and MUST see Xi’an. It made me happy because we are FINALLY seeing Xi’an the city that has been foremost on my China list, we’ve been to Beijing many times, and we’ve seen so much more!!!
Ancient Chang’an was home to the ruling house of 13 dynasties… the Qin (221 BC – 207 BC), Han (206 BC – 220 AD), Sui (581 AD – 618 AD) and Tang (618AD – 908AD) Dynasties. The Emperor Qin Shihuang united China for the first time and left Xi’an and the world one of the most extraordinary archeological finds in history – the Terracotta Warriors. The city reached its peak in the Tang dynasty, boasting 2 million taxable inhabitants and the largest, most cosmopolitan, settlement in the world during the reign of Xuanzong (712 AD – 756 AD). Athens, Cairo and Rome and Xian are among the four major ancient civilization capitals of the world.
There are so many wonderful places to see…
We had a wonderful long weekend in Xi’an. I am so glad we did this and I guess now I can say I’ve been to China! Haha 🙂