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Xi’an

Xi’an Terracotta Army
Xi’an made famous by the most significant archaeological find of the 20th century, The Terracotta Warriors was once the heart of the Chinese Empire. Its history stems back even further with the 1960’s discovery of the Lantian Man, who lived in modern day China 1.7 million years ago. This historic walled city is teaming with fascinating archaeological finds and remnants of its glory days. The Terracotta Army, started life around 2,200 years ago, recovered in 1974 from three pits containing more than 8000 soldiers,520 horses, 130 chariots and 150 cavalry horses, built to guard Qin Shi Huang in his afterlife, the first Emperor of China looked after his daily life with non-military terracotta officials, strongmen, musicians and acrobats. Xi’an’s importance as the starting point of one of the world’s most important trading routes ‘The Silk Road’ brought Merchants and Students from Persia and Arabia 1,000 years ago, forming their own Islamic district Muslim Road, their descendants now known as the Hui people by the locals. Discover this fascinating area, its tree lined streets paved with blue flagstones and home to Islamic food centres, eclectic street food markets and souvenir shops, immerse yourself in Xi’an’s rich traditional and historic culture.