Xi'an is the oldest of China's Four Great Ancient Capitals and the capital of 13 ancient China dynasties. It is undisputed the perfect representation of Chinese dynastic history and culture. There used to be total of 73 emperors ruled here. Massive brilliant historical ruins, museums and cultural relics have been found both under and on the ground of Xi'an. In the ancient time, Xi'an was the eastern terminus of the Silk Road, and played a very important part in Chinese history.
Rich history endows Xi'an with unique charms as a tourist city. Called Chang'an in ancient times, it is one of the birthplaces of the ancient Chinese civilization in the Yellow River Basin area. More than 3,000 years of history including over 1,100 years as the capital city of ancient dynasties, have endowed the city with an amazing historical heritage. Travelers marvel at the numerous historical sites and cultural relics in the city.
No city in China is like Xi'an with such abundant history. As the most famous ancient capital city in Chinese history, though the dynastic times had gone, Xi'an still reserves many historical sites and cultural relics, which are the best way to experience the ancient China, the old and glorious days of China.
The best time to visit Xi'an is in spring and autumn when the weather is cool but not too cold. The rainy season occurs from July to September, although there isn't much rain.
Try to avoid the Labor Day holiday and the National Day holiday, when all tourist sites are crowded with Chinese people.