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Xi'an is a city that has played an important role in China's history. Located in the north of the country, the capital of Shaanxi province has an exceptional cultural richness. On site, you can see the terracotta army and the great Buddhist wild goose pagoda, both UNESCO world heritage sites and which constitute real treasures. In the Muslim quarter, on the outskirts of the Great Mosque of China, the sumptuous green gardens invite you for beautiful walks. The market includes terracotta statuettes as well as local culinary specialties. The first historical monument born during the Ming Dynasty, the ancient rampart can be explored during a bike ride. For a spectacular stop, head to Tang Paradise Park, and its many dynasty-themed areas. There, you can attend nightly shows accompanied by musical fountains. The mountains of Huaqing Palace offer stunning views of the temples and the pond flowered by the lotus. Stroll down the street of Great Tang All Day Mall to admire the traditional architecture, represented by the bell tower and its famous bell tower. For a complete overview of Chinese culture and history, visit the museums of Xianyang and Shaanxi.

FAQs for Xi’an

  • What is the legend associated with the tower of Xi'an's bell?
    Because of its poor ringing, the tower's old cast-iron bell was replaced by a bronze bell. The perfect ringing would be due to the bell founder's daughter's sacrifice who threw herself into molten bronze.

  • What dynasties occupied the city of Xi'an?
    Xi'an was the ancient capital of China for more than 1000 years, under the rule of several dynasties. This city was occupied by the Zhou, Qin, Han and Tang dynasties.

  • What was Xi'an's old town name?
    From the 200 BC .C until about 618 A.C, the ancient name of the city of Xi'an was Chang'an meaning "eternal peace".

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