Get Inspired / Asia / China Xi’an: An Archaeological Time Capsule Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / Asia / China Xi’an: An Archaeological Time Capsule story by: Mike Williams It’s often said that to truly experience China, a visit to Xi’an is essential. The reason is simple: Xi’an offers unparalleled glimpses into Chinese history. It’s arguable whether any city on the world can give such an insight into history and the evolution of a culture. Over 3000 years old, Xi’an was the capital city during some of the most pivotal dynasties in Chinese history and hosting 72 different emperors. Xi’an has countless historical sites to explore and cultural relics to examine; the most famous of these is the Terracotta Army. These life-sized soldiers guard the tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huang, who ruled the State of Qin from 246 BC to 221 BC. Since their discovery by local farmers in 1974, over 1800 warriors have been unearthed out of the estimated 8000 that were originally created over 2000 years ago. Each figure is different in detail and has different heights depending on rank and sometimes accompanied by chariots and horses. Another famous landmark in Xi’an is its city wall, one of the oldest, biggest and best preserved of its kind. Walking along the city walls is a must, or better yet, hire a bike and ride around on a sunny afternoon. Don’t forget to check out the South Gate and enjoy the views of the Drum Tower and Bell Tower. Another highlight within the city is the DaMing Palace and Park, and for an insight into the traditional daily life of locals, check out the Shaanxi Intangible Cultural Heritage Museum. The Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, which is just 4kms from the city centre, is also worth a visit. Nearby you’ll find the Shaanxi History Museum and the Temple of Great Maternal Grace as well as parks and places to eat. Apart from these attractions, the region is also famous for its dumplings, so enjoy a Tang Dynasty & Dumpling dinner show while in town to unwind from all the archaeological discovery. Discover your Chinese zodiac & be in to WIN a China holiday! Click for details... Click here for Cheap Flights to Asia or HOT China Holiday Deals Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Auckland Albany: Auckland North Botany Junction: Auckland South Browns Bay: Auckland North Devonport: Auckland North Ellerslie: Auckland Central Hobsonville: Auckland West Howick: Auckland East Milford: Auckland North New Lynn: LynnMall Auckland West Newmarket: Auckland Central Orewa: Auckland North Parnell: Auckland Central Ponsonby: Auckland Central Remuera: Auckland Central St Heliers: Auckland East Takanini: Auckland South Takapuna: Auckland North Whangaparaoa: Auckland North Bay of Plenty Mt Maunganui Papamoa Rotorua Taupo Tauranga CBD the Crossing Canterbury Ashburton Barrington: Christchurch South Christchurch City: Christchurch Central Ferrymead: Christchurch East High Street Lanes: Christchurch Central Hornby: Christchurch West Merivale: Christchurch Central Northlands: Papanui Christchurch North Rangiora Riccarton: Christchurch Central Shirley: Christchurch North Timaru Upper Riccarton: Christchurch West Hawke's Bay / Gisborne Havelock North Jenny Nilsson: Hastings Nelson / Marlborough Blenheim Motueka Nelson Richmond Northland Kerikeri: Northland Whangarei: Northland Otago / Southland Alexandra Balclutha Dunedin Lakers Gore Lakers Invercargill Oamaru Wanaka Taranaki / Manawatu Broadway: Palmerston North New Plymouth Stephen Parsons: Palmerston North Wanganui Waikato Calder & Lawson: Hamilton East Cambridge Coromandel: Whangamata Hamilton: Hamilton Central Matamata Morrinsville Taupo Te Awamutu Wellington / Wairarapa Featherston Street CBD: Wellington City Hunter St CBD: Wellington City Johnsonville: Wellington North Kapiti Coast: Paraparaumu Lower Hutt: Wellington North Masterton West Coast Greymouth Hokitika Westport I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist The 6 best stopover destinations en route to Europe Read more Add or remove from Wishlist Disney: Forever Young Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.