Xi'an is the capital of Shaanxi Province, administering 11 districts and two counties.
It has a population of about 12 million. Xi’an is an historic city and credited as the cradle of Chinese civilization. It served as the nation’s capital for 13 dynasties. The world’s famous silk road started from Xi’an. It is also home to the 8th wonder of the world – the Terracotta Army & many other historical sites.
Since the 1980s, Xi’an has re-emerged as a cultural, industrial, and educational centre of the entire central-northwest region, with many facilities for research and development, national security and space exploration. Xi’an is also one of the top 40 science cities in the world by scientific research as tracked by the Nature Index, and home to multiple China’s prestige universities including Xi’an Jiaotong University, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Chang’an University, Xidian University, Shaanxi Normal University and Northwest University.
The Terracotta Army
Located in the Northeast of Xi’an, the Terracotta Army is a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. It is a form of funerary art buried with the emperor in 210–209 BCE with the purpose of protecting the emperor in his afterlife. The Terracotta army is a UNESCO world heritage site and credited as the world’s 8th wonder. It is a must-visit place of interest if one goes to Xi’an.
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Xi’an City Wall (Fortifications of Xi’an)
The Bell Tower
The Giant Wild Goose Pagoda
There is a music fountain close to the pagoda. The music fountain displays four times per day and is claimed to be the biggest of its kind in Asia.
The Shaanxi History Museum
More can be found from the museum website: http://www.sxhm.com.