Although I’ve probably visited China in excess of 200 times, Xian has always eluded me. I felt it was something of a “one hit wonder”, with the famous Terracotta Warriors taking center stage, and the place itself having little else to see or do. On a recent trip to China, I had the opportunity to drop in on Xian for 24 hours. I was pleasantly surprised to be proved wrong.

Xian, in central-northwest China, is one of the birthplaces of the ancient Chinese civilization. It’s bursting at the seams with colorful history, boasting over 3,000 years worth of it. In that time, the city spent over a millennium as the capital city to ancient dynasties.

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