Xi’an, or eternal peace, was China’s capital during several dynasties. It surprised us with its ancient and remarkably well preserved history.

The most famous attraction in Xian is the Terra-cotta Soldiers, discovered in 1974.  The soldiers, representing Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s imperial guards, are located 1500 meters from his tomb. Each has a unique face, pose and height; as opposed to the miniature ones that were mold-made.

the Muslim quarter was not at all what we expected, from a mosque with pagoda design and beautiful gardens to streets full of lights and food stalls. We decided rather immediately our dinner will be street food, and it was really good.

the Ever Bright City section of Xi’An takes any European x’mas market to a new level, and they have it daily, all year long.