About Xi'an
 
About Xi'an
Xi'an, the historical city, was called Chang'an in ancient times, and is now the capital of Shaanxi province. It is located in the southern part of the Guanzhong plain. With the Qinling mountains to the south and the Weihe River to the north, it is in a favorable geographical location surrounded by water and hills. It has a semi-moist monsoon climate and there is a clear distinction between the four seasons. Except the colder winter, any season is relatively suitable for traveling. The cultural and historical significance of the area, as well as the abundant relics and sites, help Xi'an enjoy the laudatory title of Natural History Museum. It has the Museum of Terra Cotta Warriors, City Wall, Banpo Village and the Forest of Stone Steles.
 
Terra Cotta Warriors
The Terracotta Army or Terracotta Warriors and Horses is a collection of 8,099 larger than life Chinese terra cotta figures of warriors and horses located near the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor. The figures vary in height according to their rank; the tallest being the Generals. The heights range is 184-197cm (6ft - 6ft 5in), or more than a full foot taller than the average soldier of the period. The figures were discovered in 1974 near Xi'an, Shaanxi province, China.
 
Terra Cotta Warriors
 
The Big Wild Goose (Da Yan) Pagoda
 
The Big Wild Goose (Da Yan) Pagoda
In front of these mausoleums were erected huge stone carvings; while inside them were exquisite funeral objects and colorful murals, a feast for one's eyes. Some of the monasteries and Buddhist pagodas constructed in many dynasties have remained well preserved, including the most famous ones, as the Big Wild Goose (Da Yan) Pagoda in Ci'en Temple and the Small Wild Goose (Xiao Yan) Pagoda in Jianfu Temple.
 
Transportation
Xi'an is the largest city in the Northwest China easily accessible by flights, trains and buses. Getting around in the city of Xian is also very convenient. The city of Xian is laid out on a grid pattern with clear road signs. Most of the attractions within the walls are walkable or bike friendly. The tourism buses connect those sights a little far from the city center. The taxi rates are much lower than those in Beijing and Shanghai. Two of the six planned subway lines are under construction. In a word, Xi'an transportation is independent traveler friendly.
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