In Chinese history, Xian is the capital city for 13 feudal dynasties. The first centralized feudal dynasty, Qin Dynasty(221 BC-207BC) set capital in Xianyang City, the city nearby Xian where the Xian airport locates today. The following powerful dynasties like the West Han Dynasty (202BC-8AD) and the Tang Dynasty (618AD-906AD) set their capitals in Xian (Known as Chang’an then). The glorious past left Xian with numerous historical relics. In downtown city area there are Ancient City Wall, Shaanxi History Museum, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Bell Tower, Drum Tower, etc. East skirts of Xian is home or Terracotta Warriors and Horses, Huaqing Hot Spring, and Banpo Neolithic Village. Going westward tourists will meet Hanyangling Mausoleum, Qianling Mausoleum and Famen Temple. If you like hiking, spending one day to visit Mt Huashan will introduce you to arduous beauty of that granite mountain.
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