Things to do - general

Once the terminus of the Silk Road and a melting pot of cultures and religions, as well as home to emperors, courtesans, poets, monks, merchants and warriors, the glory days of Xī’ān (西安; pronounced ‘see-an’) may have ended in the early 10th century, but a considerable amount of ancient Cháng’ān, the former city, survives behind the often roaring, modern city.

Xī’ān’s Ming-era city walls remain intact, vendors of all descriptions still crowd the narrow lanes of the warren-like Muslim Quarter, and there are enough places of interest to keep even the most amateur historian riveted.

Most people only spend two or three days in Xī’ān; dynastic enthusiasts could easily stay busy for a week. Must-sees include the Terracotta Warriors, the Tomb of Emperor Jingdi, the City Walls and the Muslim Quarter, but try to set aside time for its pagodas and museums, plus a side trip to nearby Huá Shān.

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