Xian is a wonderful place to explore. The food options are excellent here, ranging from delicious Muslim fare to great dumplings and street food. Widely regarded as the first capital of a united China in 221 BC, the city is rich in history. A tour to the renowned Terracotta Warriors with a local guide introduces you to these entombed statues and is considered one of the most important archaeological finds of the 20th century. Over 6000 of them were individually sculpted from clay, each having a different costume, height, even facial expression. They are standing in battle formation, facing east in order to protect the tomb of China’s first emperor, the great Qin Shihuang. In 1974, farmers digging a well discovered the underground vault, which was home to this army for two millennium. Xian also has a wonderful Muslim Quarter. A free afternoon can be spent wandering the narrow streets where you will find quaint shops, lively markets, groups of white-bearded men in skull caps sipping tea in cafes, and the Great Mosque, one of the most important and unique in China.
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