Teach Abroad Network Xi'an, Birthplace of the Silk Road

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  • Posted By : David Austen
  • Posted On : Oct 29, 2015
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  • Category : City Guides » Asia » China
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    Xi’an in the Shaanxi province has a silk woven historical legacy. The city was the starting point of the Silk Road in ancient times, which allowed the journey of Chinese silk to its western Asian, and eventually European, buyers. With this in the backdrop, it is the oldest Chinese city and has shown tremendous economic growth. During World War II, the city accepted many refugees who ended up settling there, adding multi-cultural threads to this city’s rich tapestry.

    Its 7.1 million people exhibit a perfect balance of believers of different religions: Buddhism, Islam, Taoism, and traditional Chinese religion. The reminders of the past include the Terracotta Army in Qin Shi Huang Mausoleum, a splendour to be experienced during your stay in the city. During the warm months of March and April, it is often visited by dust storms that cause the weather to heat up.

    The epithet “capital of table delicacies” is closely associated with Xi’an, owing to the preparation of several mouth-watering snacks. One of these must-try delicacies includes the crumbled flat bread with mutton stew, which is quite filling in itself.

    The city is very accessible on foot, and its transportation network is quite efficient and understandable - one never feels lost for too long! In addition to this, the frequent cultural performances, operas and other activities keep the city brimming with energy.

  • Location : Xi'an, China