Xi'an sits at the core of China's history. Pronounced Shiang, it was here that China introduced silk, paper and spice to the West by way of the Silk Route and this city is subsequently considered the birthplace of eastern civilization. Incredibly rich in archeological heritage, Xi'an is comparable to Rome or Athens and is the home of the Terracotta Warriors.
Xi'an sits in the fertile Wei River valley and is an area of China you will either come to love or hate. Most tourists spend just two or three days in the city before moving on, while history buffs are likely to become smitten and stay longer.
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