The ancient city of Xian, formerly known in Chinese history as Changan, is one of the oldest cities in China and the oldest of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China. Xian has served as the capital city for 13 of China’s ruling dynasties so the city is filled with historic sites – the most important of which is, of course, the 2,200-year old Terracotta Warriors. But there is much more to see in Xi’an than just the iconic Terracotta Warriors and Horses. Xian was the capital city for the Tang Dynasty from 618 to 907 A.D. and it was the starting point for the ancient trading route the Silk Road, so its historic role in the development of China was a crucial one. With its unique cultural and historic significance, Xian is a must-see city for any traveler and a convenient gateway for anyone wishing to travel on to Tibet.