Xi'an, known as Chang'an in ancient times, is famed all over the world for its glorious history. Scholars regard it as an inexhaustible treasure house of literature while heads of state from many countries and people from all walks of life turn their eyes to this tourist attraction, trying to broaden their knowledge of the Chinese civilization.
Xi'an International Studies University will be our host for the next 3 days. Xi’an is one city with an abundant amount of culture and flavor.
Students will visit the Banpo Neolithic Village Museum, where remains of this village were inhabited from about 4500 B.C. to 3750 B.C. Next comes one of the wonders of the world, the Terracotta Warriors which many scholars believe are the most significant archeological excavations of the 20th century. Work is ongoing at the site, which is around 1.5 kilometers east of Emperor Qin Shi Huang's Mausoleum, Lintong County, Shaanxi province. It is a sight not to be missed by any visitor to China. Students will be awed by seeing the massive collection of life sized warriors designed and made for Emperor Qin Shi Huang of the Qin dynasty.
Students will watch a historical movie depicting the history of the Terracotta Warriors and how it was discovered. The next day, students will tour HuaQing Hot Springs, with Tang style bath houses and modern palaces built 3,000 years ago. The Tang Emperor Xuanzong often spent the winter here in the company of his favorite concubine, Yang Guifei, one of the four beauties in Chinese history.
Students will also have a visit to one of the last relics of ancient China, the Xi’an city wall, which is one of the few city walls left in China. The wall completely surrounds the downtown area and stands 12 meters high (40 feet) covers 14 kilometers (8.5 miles) long. The day doesn’t end at the wall; at night, students will enjoy a feast of dumplings at the Dumpling Banquet. Over 30 different styles of dumplings will be presented and eaten. After the banquet, students will enjoy a traditional 1 hour Tang dynasty performance. The next morning students receive an informative lecture focused on the history of Xi'an in China as well as ancient Chinese customs and traditions.