The city of Xi’an (pronounced shee-an), has a history dating back approximately 3,100 years. It was the eastern terminus of the Silk Road and is recognized as one of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China. Before the Ming Dynasty the city was called Chang’an.
While the Terracotta Warriors are known worldwide and are one of the attractions of the city, Xi’an is an extremely cultural city with many sites and locations to see and visit. It is also home to the Great Mosque, established in the 7th Century by Muslim traders traveling the Silk Road. In fact, Muslims were instrumental in the unification if China under the Qin Dynasty.
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