Xi'an is a quiet place relative to its eastern counterparts. People here tend to sleep at night and wake up early with the sun. The gentle pace of life belies the rich and colorful history of this former capital of the first Chinese Empire and terminus of the Silk Road.
The Terracotta Army still stands guard over the tomb of the emperor who commissioned them to protect him in the afterlife. It is an awe-inspiring place that has no parallel. Bereft of color, they stand more solemnly now than ever, unwavering in their eternal duty.
The city is home to the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda and the Little Wild Goose Pagoda, which were built to house the buddhist scriptures brought from India by Xuanzang and Yijing respectively. Nearby, the muslim quarter labyrinths inside the Xi'an City Wall.