If you're looking for flights to Xian, get ready for an unforgettable vacation in one of the oldest and most intriguing cities in China. Inside Xian's Ming-era city walls, the treasured vestiges of an 11th-century B.C. cultural and political center coexist with a modern urban landscape. Here, centuries-old landmarks are but newcomers to the city's monumental array of attractions, among them multiple UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Find hotels in Xian to be your base for extraordinary adventures in this ancient capital.
For an overview of Xian, take a walk or bicycle ride atop its 40-foot city walls; constructed in 1370. Among the many notable landmarks, you'll find the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda—built to store Buddhist sutras in 652, but reconstructed in 704. A day trip to see the Terracotta Army, 22 miles from Xian, is essential. This assemblage of more than 8,000 soldiers, 600 horses, chariots, and weapons was entombed with the first emperor of China over 2,000 years ago. Tour the site and see the intricate detail of the soldiers, no two of which are exactly alike.
Western and other international cuisine is available in Xian—try the open-air mall just south of the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, or elegant restaurants at the finest Xian hotels. Partake in the local cuisine, in both traditional and contemporary interpretations, in venues from street vendors to century-old dining establishments. A local specialty is dumplings, which come in hundreds of varieties. If you're looking for cheap hotels in Xian and want dining options to match, head to the street market in the Muslim Quarter and sample spicy kebabs or yangrou paomo—a traditional beef or mutton soup over crumbled flat bread.
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