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      Xi’an records the great changes of the Chinese nation just like a living history book. Called Chang’an in ancient times, Xi’an is one of the birthplaces of the ancient civilization in the Yellow River Basin area of the country. During Xi’an’s 3,100 year development, 13 dynasties such as Western Zhou (11th century B.C – 771 B.C. ), Qin ( 221 B.C,--206 B.C.), Western Han ( 206B.C – 24 A.D.) and Tang ( 618—907) placed their capitals here. So far, Xi’an enjoys equal fame with Athens, Cairo, and Rome as one of the four major ancient civilization capitals.

     Xi’an is the capital of Shanxi province, located in the southern part of the Guangzhong Plain. With the Qingling Mountains to the south and the Weihe River to the north, it is in a favorable geographical location surrounded by water and hills. It has a semi-moist monsoon climate and there is a clear distinction between the four seasons. Except the colder winter, any season is relatively suitable for traveling.

The cultural and historical significance of the area, as well as the abundant relics and sites, help Xi’an enjoy the laudatory title of “ Natural History Museum ” . The Museum  of Terracotta Warriors and Horses is praised as “ the Eighth Major Miracle of the World ”, Mausoleum of Emperor Qin Shihuang is listed on the world Heritage List, and the City Wall of the Ming Dynasty is the largest and most intact castle in the world. In the city, there is the 6.000 year old Banpo Village Remains from the Neolithic Age, and the Forest of Stone Steles that holds 3,000 stone steles of different periods from the Han Dynasty to the Qing Dynasty. Around Xi’an, the Famen Temple enjoys the reputation of being the “Forefather of Pogodas and Temples in Central Shannxi,” because it holds the finger bones of Sakyamuni, the founder of Buddhism.

 Traditional downtown Xi’an refers to the area encircled by the city wall, this has now been expanded t encompass the area within the second ring road. The Bell Tower is the geographical center of Xi’an and the four main streets are respectively Dong Dajie, Xi Dajie, Nan Dajie and Bei Dajie which are also the main commercial streets. Xiao Zhai, the busiest commercial area is in the southern part of the city and is popular with both youths and students since many universities are located here.

As tourist development grows in Xi’an, the hotel industry flourishes more and more. It is very easy to find a hotel in Xi’an, ranging from 5 star hotels o youth hostels. Of course, it will be any traveler’s first choice to stay in the city center due to the superior geographical location and the convenient transportation.

Praised as “ the Capital of Table Delicacies “, Xi’an has been rich in the delicious  Shannxi snack, delicate Guangdong Cuisine, various kinds of fashionable foreign delicacies, and popular Sichuan Cuisine such as the hot pot. Among all the delicacies, the most famous and popular one is the Muslim Snack Street.

Xi’an is the most important city in northwest China, and so there are a lot of shopping oulets. There are many big shopping centers, department stores and supermarkets in and around Xi’an city, the biggest and most comprehensive being Kai Yuang Shopping Mall and Century Ginwa Shopping Mall.

The night life in Xi’an has a unique glamour. Traditional ways include enjoying the night scenery around the Bell Tower, strolling on the ancient Big Wild Goose Pagoda Square and watching the music fountain performance. More modern and fashionable ways include singing in the KTY, hanging out in a bar, or dancing in a Disco. All in all, any experience in this ancient city will bring you fun and possibly a little surprise.