Xi’an is the capital of Shaanxi Province, located in central-northwest China. The city is remarkable for its long history since it records the greatest changes of China throughout thousands of years. Xi’an is often called one of the birthplaces of the ancient Chinese civilization.
The city has always played an important role in the development of the country being the starting point of the Silk Road and a center of trade in China. Nowadays, many people all over the world know of Xi’an because of the incredible site of the Terracotta Army. However, Xi’an has much more to offer to its residents and visitors.
Being the capital of China for 13 dynasties for more than 1000 years, Xi’an is a cradle of the Chinese history and culture that has been well preserved in the ancient relics and ruins some of which date back to 6000 years ago. The abundance of significant historical monuments including the City Wall of the Ming Dynasty, the Terracotta Army, the Forest of Steles, the Grand Mosque, and many others, has given Xi’an the reputation of the “Natural History Museum”.
Due to its historical heritage, Xi’an is also a crossroads of multiple cuisines from all over China. The city boasts a wide range of delicious food ranging from Cantonese delicacies to Muslim dishes. The Muslim Quarter, the main food street in the city, not only offers the best dishes in Xi’an but also portrays a unique Muslim cultural atmosphere.
The modern city of Xi’an is a cosmopolitan megapolis being as a political, cultural, economic, and educational center of Northwest China. Having a convenient transportation system, developed infrastructure, and emerging business districts, Xi’an maintains its traditional cultural heritage and distinctive charm of one of the oldest cities on our planet.
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