Xi'an
Life in Xi’an moves at a quick pace, so don't be afraid to slow down by escaping the city center. Explore small alleyways and hutongs to understand the daily lives of locals. If you’re suffering from jetlag, join the elders in the park for a bout of morning tai chi. Head to the tranquil Louguantai Temple to learn about Taoism, or visit the Taiping National Forest Park and Huaqing Hot Springs for gorgeous waterfalls and vestiges of imperial history. If you're looking for a hike, head to one of the local mountains: Huashan, Qingling, or Cuihua. However, the most popular day trip from Xi’an is—perhaps unsurprisingly—a journey to see the Terracotta Warriors.