The city of Xi'an, with 6 million
residents, was the first Chinese city to open
up its doors to the world, not in 1980 under the
opening policy, but as early as in the Tang Dynasty
when xi'an blossomed as the starting point of
the Silk Road. For more than 2,000 years, Xi'an
was the capital of 11 dynasties. Along with Rome
and Constantinople, this city was a world leader
in culture and trade and played a vital role in
bridging the gap between the East and West.
The many dynasties, including Qin,
the first empire of China, and Tang, the heyday
of China's ancient history, have left the city
with the most abundant legacy. The Terracotta
Warriors of the Qin Dynasty, an attached defending
army to the first emperor of China, is regarded
as "the eighth wonder of the world".
The Tang Dynasty has endowed Xi'an even more heritages,
including the Tomb of Concubine Yang., Huaqing
Pool and Du Fu Memorial Temple, all dating from
Xi'an was the first stop of Indian
Buddhism preached in Chine. The sophisticated
system of philosophy first came to Xi'an 2,000
years ago and later was developed into the dominant
religion here. The Famen Temple in Xi'an is the
only temple in mainland China that has true relics
of Buddha Sakyamuni.
Aside from being a major tourist
destination and historical city, Xi'an is now
an important infustrial and manufacturing center.
It is becoming modern and prosperous again. The
night life here is pretty up to date and Xi'an's
University is considered one of the best in China.
As a result, the city has a large student population
who contribute to the cultural life of the city,
making Xi'an one of the most pleasant cities in