The historical capital of China also called “the eternal city”; is now the capital of Shaanxi Province and after Beijing; it is the most popular tourist attraction in China.
Xi’an -Chang'an in the past -, was one of the most wonderful cities in the world for several centuries.
The trade route with the West known as the Silk Road began here, but the most significant attraction of Xi’an is logically, the Terracotta Warriors on the Tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huang Di.
The Cultural Revolution damaged many of ancient relics of Xi’an, but the eternal city still preserves many tombs to be discovered, and museums and pagodas to be seen, like the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and the Small Wild Goose Pagoda.
Luoyang, located at the east of Xi’an, is the historical twin capital of Xi’an. For this reason, Luoyang has an excellent museum of treasures. The Longmen Buddhist Caves are among some of China’s finest, bordered with carved effigies and monuments.
Kaifeng, which was the Northern Song dynasty capital, has an antique Jewish neighborhood of indigenous Chinese Jews; the Xiangguo Monastery, the Iron Pagoda, the Fan Bo Pagoda, and other vestiges of former imperial courts.
The “City of Springs”, is the capital of Shandong Province. The nice climate provides the region its principal tourist attraction. The city also has beautiful parks, lakes, Buddhist relics and the splendid Square Four Gate Pagoda, which is the most antique stone pagoda in whole China.
Outside Jinan is a mountain park called Mount Taishan with 72 picks. The park protects antique pine and cypress trees, fantastic waterfalls, 1800 stone sculptures and the “Ladder to Heaven” - a kilometer-long mountain stairway.
At the east of Jinan is Qingdao, the Treaty Port occupied by Germany. It is a stunning coastal city with blue seas, large trees and native flowers. The German Concession buildings are still attractive tourist areas.
In Laoshan is located the legendary monastery Taiqing Palace and in Qufu is located the Mansion and the Temple of Confucius. Today, these buildings store significant historical records, art and cultural pieces. Near to Qufu is also the mythic Confucius’s tomb.