Xi’an is the current capital and principal city of the Shaanxi province in China. Known as the ‘Eternal City’, Xi’an is hailed as one of the four great ancient capitals of China. Surrounded by the water and hills of central China, Xi’an is literally living history.
Its desirable location and rich cultural history makes Xi’an a favorite tourist destination. Visitors flock to Xi’an to see amazing sites, like the Greater and Lesser Wild Goose Pagodas, the magnificent City Wall, and the various religious temples. But the most popular is seeing the Terracotta Warriors. This amazing discovery is located in the Lingtong District, about 35 kilometers east of Xi’an city.
These life-size clay warriors are arranged in military formations, and they guard a very important burial site – that of the first emperor in the written history of China. In 246 B.C., the emperor ordered the construction of his mausoleum. Hundreds of thousands of Chinese workers were involved in this massive construction effort that lasted nearly 40 years! In March 1974, local farmers of Xiyang village were drilling for water to irrigate their crops when they struck historical gold.
Here in China you don't just see places – you experience cultures and this is one experience I'll always remember.