Xi'an and Around

Xi’an and around

As China's first and longest-serving capital city, and one of its oldest cities, Xi'an is the one and true home of China's imperial history. The city is most known for the nearby Terracotta Warriors, which are considered the greatest archaeological find of the 20th century. Xi'an also has a long history of cultural exchange with the Middle East, the results of which you can still see today in the city's Muslim Quarter. Shaanxi Province surrounding Xi'an holds impressive mountains like Huashan and Qinling, which are crisscrossed with impressive hikes and cliffside paths. Monks would camp out in these mountains' caves for months to years at a time, meditating and carving statues into rock. From Xi'an to Shaanxi province as a whole, a wealth of imperial Chinese history awaits your arrival.

 

Xi'an: Did you know?

  • There are 38 Chinese pyramids, serving as tombs for emperors and their relatives, located north-west of Xi’an
  • The Mausoleum of the first Qin Emperor is purported to have diamond-studded ceilings that simulate the stars, and rivers of mercury to simulate the seas
  • Huashan Mountain remains one of China’s most challenging hikes, with several sections ascending across planks bolted into sheer cliff faces
  • Over 700,000 slave labourers are thought to have been forced to work on the construction of the Terracotta soldier tombs, taking an estimated 40 years to finish