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 technicolor with swathes of these vibrant blooms.
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