Unrivalled tourism resources make Xi’an one of the well-known historical and cultural cities both at home and abroad. Xi’an once was China's political, economic and cultural center and the first city opened to the outside. It enjoys equal fame with world-renowned ancient capitals in history, including Athens, Rome and Cairo. Endowed with long-standing historical and cultural heritages, Xian enjoys great popularity of “Natural Historical Museum".
In 1981, UNESCO identified Xi'an as a " Famous Historical City of the World". Being an ancient capital with a long history and rich cultural relics, Xi’an has earned an outstanding status among many other ancient capital cities. Its unique style and feature is not only highly praised by ancient and modern scholars as well as tourists in all over the world, but also constitutes the city cultural vein and rare historical and cultural resources for urban economic and social development of Modern Xian. Xi'an is also a city with glorious revolutionary tradition.
The famous "Silk Road" starts from Xian. The great variety, large amount and great value of cultural relics and historic sites make Xi’an second to none all over China. There are 314 Key Cultural Relic Units under State Protection within Xi’an, of which there are 84 national-level and provincial-level culture relics protection places. Over 120 thousand pieces of historical relics have been unearthed at more than 4,000 ancient ruins and mausoleums, many of which are the rare treasures both at home and abroad. The Qin Shihuang's Terracotta Warriors and Horses Pits are known as the "Eighth Wonder of the World."
There are many world-famous scenic spots in the Xi'an tourist region, including Chang'an City of Han Dynasty, Daming Palace of Tang Dynasty, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Small Wild Goose Pagoda, Qujiang Pool, Xi'an Forest of Steles, Xian City walls of the Ming Dynasty, Bell Tower, Drum Tower, the mosque at Huajue Lane, Huangdi Mausoleum, Maoling Mausoleum and Yangling Mausoleum of Han Dynasty, Qianling Mausoleum and Zhaoling Mausoleum of Tang Dynasty and Famen Temple.
Guanzhong Plain, where Xi'an is located, has long been known as "the cradle of the Chinese nation". It is not only the important birthplace of the Chinese nation, but also one of the important birthplaces of human being and prehistoric cultural centers of the whole Asia.The site of the Eighth Route Army's Office in Shaanxi Province in Qixianzhuang of Beixin Street is still the old location of revolution for worldwide visitors to visit.
Besides cultural landscape, Xi’an abounds in natural wonders. There are many scenic spots such as Huashan Mountain (also known as Xiyue), Zhongnan Mountain, Taibai Mountain, Wangshun Mountain, Lishan Mountain, Huaqing Pool, the Louguan Temple and Lantian karst Cave within Xi’an or in its vicinity; meanwhile, the unique folk customs and local arts & culture take on a new look, and they have become the new humanistic tourism resources in Xi’an. These rich tourism resources provide important grounds for nurturing literary sentiment of Xi’an people.
Xi'an tourism commodity production with strong local characteristics, imitation Terracotta, Antique Bronze, Qin embroidery, jade, silk, craft pottery, paintings of peasants Huxian, Tang, porcelain painting, landscape forms, straw painting, paper cutting and so on Guanzhong very rich in folk art. Xian’s dumpling feast, Yang rou pao mo and other six species snack have won the Golden Tripod, in particular the unique local snacks attracting guests from all over the world.
Xi'an has four distinct seasons, in spring climate is uncertain, in summer is hot and rainy, in autumn is cool and rainy, in winter is dry and cold lacking of rain and snow. April to May, September to October is the best time to travel in Xian.