If you have not been to Xi'an, you have not been to China.
To put it another way, Xian is really at the root of Chinese culture. As a cradle of Chinese civilization, it was a powerhouse for 13 dynasties and witnessed a rule of 73 emperors serving as the capital for the Zhou, Qin, Han, and Tang dynasties.
You can capture all the influence Xian has over China only on your trip there. It is worth considering advance booking to have a warm welcome in Xian. From cheap offers to luxury Xian hotels find them all at Booked.net. At our website you can browse by price or location hotels in Xian with maps, photos and secure forms.
The strength of this city is felt far away from the Great Wall as Xian is a powerhouse of China’s economy. It serves the telecommunication and software industries with two special industrial zones - Xi'an Economic & Technological Development Zone and Xi'an High-tech Industries Development Zone – within the city.
But Xian is not only a location for business, but a city with 3000 years of history. Its origins date back to the Bronze Age when the Western Zhou dynasty initiated a construction of the city. In 221 BC Xian was incorporated into the Chinese empire. Soon Xian saw a heyday due to location at the Silk Road - the most important trade arteries in the world. By 618AD the city was the capital of a great empire and one of the biggest metropolises in the world. Under the rule of the Tang Dynasty Xian became a place for the arts, and ceramics, painting and architecture.
Today the most of city's glorious past is reflected in its attractions.
- City Wall of Xi'an, the largest one in the world
- Shaanxi Provincial Museum has a collection of relics from the Neolithic through the Qing dynasty
- Grand Mosque offers striking mix of Islamic and Chinese architecture styles
- Wolong Temple dates back to 200BC and is still active
Along with the city's history stands the story of its cuisine that is as old as the whole Chinese civilization. In comparison to other Chinese cuisines it needs the special cooking skills of the local chefs for outstanding flavor of salt, vinegar, capsicum and garlic making it especially spicy.
Thus no trip to Xian complete without a dining out in its numerous restaurants, as no stay there is comfortable without good hotel booked in advance at Booked.net.