A city that has a fascinating history intertwined with a unique culture, Xian offers much to experience and these are some of its many highlights.
One of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China, Xian was the capital of 13 dynasties and visits to its historical attractions will offer key insights. The 3rd century BC Terracotta Army, a UNESCO World Heritage Site is not to be missed; also noteworthy are the stunning City Wall near Grand Park Xian and the Bell Tower.
A part of Han Chinese music, Xian drum music is said to have its roots in the Sui and Tang dynasties and is a well-preserved part of the country’s traditional folk music. Those staying at city hotels in Xi An can easily visit the Drum Tower where apart from various drums, one can watch a performance of drum beating.
Interestingly, the famed Silk Road of China also began in Xian and that no doubt had a role to play in shaping local culture. This took place during the West Han Dynasty in the second century BC when Zhang Qian, a diplomat, began his journey from Xian carrying silk to establish links and cultural ties with neighbouring nations.
Cuisine is an enjoyable part of local culture which you can look forward to experiencing in Xian! The best place for this is Huimin Street or Muslim Street where you will discover Muslim culture too. Amongst the top dishes to try are Xian dumplings, cold noodles and roujiamo, a bun with delectable beef or lamb stuffing.