Xi’an is represented around the world by its timeless army of terracotta warriors, each man distinct from his brother beside, before or behind him. Such meticulous craftsmanship often makes one seriously wonder if they were not an army of actual warriors turned into stone by an ancient curse from the gods! Whether Emperor Qin Shi Huang, China’s first monarch, expected to rule in his afterlife is still a moot point of discussion. The fact remains, however, that this subterranean army with its battle horses have stood guard over his mausoleum for more than two million years! This UNESCO World Heritage site on the ancient Silk Road has been the capital of numerous royal dynasties through the centuries. It has many other sites worth visiting, such as the Hanyangling Museum, the ancient city wall and the tombs of Emperor Gaozong of the Tang Dynasty and that of China’s only female monarch, Empress Wu Zetian, at the Qianling Mausoleum. A visit to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and catching a traditional palace dance performance from the Tang era should be on your must-do list as well.
Sofitel Xian on Renmin Square is located in the heart of Xian city, close to historical attractions and a 45-minute drive from the airport. As you enter, observe the blend of modern elegance and Chinese architecture and interior design elements.