There is a saying that “if you have not been to Xi’an, you have not been to China!” Thus it is not surprising that the capital of the Shaanxi Province in China is laden with centuries of history, and a rich culture. Having a proud history of more than 3000 years Xi’an was once the eastern terminus of the Silk Road, and the home to the extraordinary Terracotta Army. Once in Xi’an you will be enticed by the statuesque city wall, age old temples, shrines, and pagodas. The world renowned army of terracotta warriors and horses will take your breath away with their stunning attention to detail.
The Wild Animal Breeding and Protection Centre in Louguantai makes an interesting visit while you are in Xi’an. The centre located approximately 76 km from Xi’an city, plays a major role in breeding and protecting extremely rare and endangered animals in China. The Crested Ibis also known as an “Oriental Treasure” and among the world’s 50 rarest birds has found hope at the centre. The ancient Chinese people regarded the Crested Ibis as a symbol of good luck and happiness and it is believed that it brings forth auspiciousness. This exquisite bird has red cheeks, a hooked beak and white plumage. Apart from the Crested Ibis the centre brings hope to other rare animals including giant pandas, golden monkeys, black bears, peacocks, musk deer, leopards, antelope and many more. It is recommended to limit a visit to the centre to 1-2 hours and also to help maintain the serene atmosphere so as not to disturb the wildlife.
When in Xi’an you can find classic replicas of terracotta warriors which make excellent souvenirs and gifts alike. Also there are carved wooden Buddha statues and dragons as well as other delicate arts such as pottery. You can find everything from street vendors to international brands when it comes to clothing, and bargaining is almost a must. You can also indulge in traditional Chinese cuisine as well as international dishes hailing from the world over at the various restaurants scattered across the city.
Xian accommodation will provide you with a cozy and convenient environment to relax in while in the city. If you are looking for service apartments Xian, there is a number of options for you to consider. Citadines Xingqing Palace Xi’an is located conveniently in the heart of the city ,and offers outstanding service for the business and leisure traveller alike.