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City of Xi'an
Photos of the city of Xi'an, China
Around the city
Xi'an is a modern city with a long and interesting history. It is the capital of the province of Shaanxi, and is one of the oldest cities in Chinese history. It has been the capital of many Chinee dynasties in Chinese history.
Of course the city is famous as the city of the Terracotta Warriors, and also is known for having one of the few intact city walls remaining.
Xi'an lies on the Guanzhong Plain in central China, (and according to Wikipedia) is "on a flood plain created by the eight surrounding rivers and streams, most of which are too polluted to be used as sources of fresh water."
I found the city to be very clean, modern, and quite inviting, though for an English speaker, I had little difficulty getting around, but there was limited English speaking. In fact probably there is more French spoken here than English.
The universities are huge and modern. Well worth looking at too. There is plenty to see within the city walls, from the Drum Tower, the Bell Tower (right in the city), the Ban Po Museum, and the Big Goose Pagoda, as well as museums, the Muslim quarter and many narrow streets of interest and of course huge shopping malls.
Something for almost everyone perhaps.