Uncovering the Vibrant Past of Xian, China

In central China, at the east end of the Silk Road, the alluring city of Xian (pronounced shee-EN) has been a cultural capital for thousands of years. It’s most famous for the Terracotta Army, an astounding collection dating back to 211 B.C. But there are plenty more ways to immerse yourself in Xian’s rich history, from visiting the enchanting Wild Goose Pagoda to sampling the traditional flavorful soup. Here are five favorites to send you on your way.

Lintong, Xi'an, Shaanxi, China
Visiting the famous Terracotta Army was on my bucket list, and I was lucky enough to see it recently. As I entered the first pit, I couldn’t believe my eyes. Right in front of me was the section holding the life-size terracotta warriors all lined up in Qin Dynasty formation. The first three rows were soldiers, which you can tell by their uniforms and hairstyle. Behind them stood charioteers and their horses, which were also full-size. The charioteers were recognizable by their arms and hands, which were positioned as if they were holding reins. Officers stood behind the charioteers. From my vantage point, I felt like a general standing with my army before me, waiting for my command.
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