Xi'an, the historical city, was called Chang'an in ancient times, and is now the capital of Shaanxi Province. As one of China's seven ancient national capitals, it served as the capital for 12 dynasties spanning more than 1,000 years. Xi'an therefore, has a great number of precious relics and historical sites. More than 4,000 historical sites and tombs have been excavated and over 120,000 historical relics remain unearthed. The main tourist attractions include The Terra cotta Warriors and Horses, Great Wild Goose Pagoda, Small Wild Goose Pagoda, Huaqing Pool, BanPo Site, Stele Forest, Mosque, QianLing Mausoleum, Famen Temple and Maoling Mausoleum. Xi'an was the starting point of the Old Silk Road that extended from Asia to Europe and played an important role in cultural inter flow between the East and West in ancient times.
Today Xi'an is one of China's major tourist attractons. The big drawcard is the Army of Terracotta Warriors, but there are countless other sights scattered in and around the city. There is also an Islamic element to Xian, found in tucked-away mosques and busy marketplaces, that lends the city a touch of the exotic rarely found in Chinese cities farther east.
Aside from being a major tourist destination and historical city, today Xi'an is an important industrial and manufacturing center. Despite the incredible history that Xi'an carries, it is a modern and prosperous area. The nightlife here is pretty up to date and Xian's University is considered to be one of the best in China. As a result, the city has a large student population who contribute to the cultural life of the city, making Xi'an one of the most pleasant cities in China and an ideal place to break the journey between Beijing and Shanghai.
Xi'an is a city blessed with a pleasant climate most of the year round and it's possible to pleasurably visit this city at almost any time of the year.
See: Terracotta Warriors & Huangshan Tour