Xian & Around
Xian, the capital city of Shaanxi province, is a melting pot of history and culture. Discover the Terracotta Army, China’s subterranean archaeological masterpiece. Spend a day cycling the city walls and visit the Forest of Stelae Museum to marvel at Tang-era sculptures and Buddhist stone scriptures. In nearby Luoyang, explore the Longmen Grottoes, a treasure-trove of ancient Buddhist cave art.
Home to China’s legendary Terracotta Warriors, the multicultural city of Xian is rich with historical heritage. Once the eastern terminus of the Silk Road, evidence of Xian’s merchant past is still alive today. Explore the Ming-era city walls, the Tang-style Big Goose Pagoda and the atmospheric streets of the Muslim Quarter for a street food feast. East of Xian lies Luoyang, the capital of the ancient 13 dynasties. Encircled by flood plains and mountain peaks, Luoyang is home to the sacred Buddhist carvings of the Longmen Grottoes. Peony season begins in April, when the city turns technicolour with swathes of these vibrant blooms.
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Sofitel On Renmin Square
Xian and around, China
Best for: Culture, Adventure
Just a fifteen-minute stroll from the bustling Islamic quarter, The Sofitel Xian on Renmin Square is Xian's only contemporary, luxury hotel. It provides a perfect base from which to explore the fascinating and world renowned Terracotta Army.