Treat your mind and eyes to 3,000 years of China’s history in Xian (aka Xi’an), once the eastern end of the Silk Road. Home of the Terracotta Warriors and Horses, one of the oldest and best-preserved ancient Chinese city walls (built during the Ming dynasty) and many more historic sites.
If you don’t shy away from encounters of the grisly kind, the Han Ying Ling Mausoleum makes for a fascinating visit – and a welcome reprieve from the crowds at the Terracotta Army!
The history of Islam in Xian is almost as old as the city itself. The bustling and winding Muslim Quarter is testament to this. Explore the backstreets, mosques and delicious Muslim food.
The adventurous can take a short side trip to Mount Huashan, 120 kilometres from Xian. With five peaks and Taoist temples dotted all around, the scenery is staggering.