[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Xi’an, located in central-northwest China, records the great changes of the country just like a living history book. Called Chang’an (meaning the eternal city) in ancient times, it is one of the birthplaces of the ancient Chinese civilization in the Yellow River Basin area. As the eastern terminal of the Silk Road and the site of the famous Terracotta Warriors of the Qin Dynasty, the city has won a reputation all over the world. More than 3,000 years of history including over 1,100 years as the capital city of ancient dynasties, have endowed the city with an amazing historical heritage. Travelers marvel at the numerous historical sites and cultural relics in the city.
Xi’an is one of the most important and convenient transportation hubs in central and western China. Frequent flights, trains and buses connect the city with other major cities all around the country. The urban transportation of the city has been somewhat frustrating in recent years because of the metro construction. Now metro line 1, line 2 and line 3 are in operation. Several other lines are also under construction or in the planning process. For now the buses and taxis can take you to get around the city.
The night life in this ancient city has a unique glamour. Travelers can enjoy the night scenery around the Bell Tower, stroll around the ancient Big Wild Goose Pagoda and view the music and light fountain performance on the north square under the pagoda, as well as watch a Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show or a show of the local Shaanxi Opera (Qin Qiang). For the party-loving owls, more modern and fashionable hangouts are available, including the various karaoke bars, discos and nightclubs.
In 1974 one of the most significant finds in modern day history can be attributed to a group of peasants that were digging on the some land while trying to uncover a well, instead they came across what would be later known as the royal tomb and a prelude to discovering The Terracotta Army, aka Terracotta Warriors and Horses. Work is ongoing at this site, which is around 1.5 kilometers east of Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s Mausoleum in Lintong, Xian, Shaanxi Province. It is a sight not to be missed by any visitor to China.
Another interesting fact about Xi’an is it’s also a city known with having what’s called Ghost cities or neighborhoods. Vast new cities of apartments and shops were built across China back around 2010 / 2011, at the rate of 10 a year, however to this day they remain completely empty, uninhabited ghost towns. Some attribute this to the governments effort to help boost the economy, but in retrospect it’s providing the opposite effect and creating a financial crisis for China.
Nevertheless, when you visit China make sure you add Xi’an to the list of cities to see, from people doing Ta’chi in the park early morning, to a Tang Dynasty dinner show, or the famous Terracotta Army, you definitely will have had a great time and a valuable history lessons.
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Ghost city video clip – Xi’an
When I was about 9 years old, my parents took our family on a trip to Disneyland. As a young child, going on my first family vacation that didn’t result in lodging with distant relatives, invoked a plethora of thoughts, feelings and emotions within me.