The capital of 16 dynasties, Xian is awash with history. As well as the famed Terracotta Army, it’s home to palace ruins, temples, ancient city walls and much more. And it’s not just a must-visit spot for history buffs; it boasts hot springs, beautiful mountains, bustling night markets and a delicious mix of cuisine influenced by its key place on the Silk Road.
The 403-room Angsana Xi’an Lintong, which opens this month, is only five minutes from Huaqing Palace and 15 minutes from the Terracotta Army. With 25 outdoor hot springs, it offers a range of treatments, including a holistic hydrothermal spa experience called Spring Forest. Streams, gardens and lakes on the property make for a truly tranquil atmosphere. angsana.com
The Terracotta Army, whose discovery in 1974 put Xian on the global map, comprises thousands of life-size warriors and horses buried 2,200 years ago with Emperor Qin. The museum also features ancient vehicles, weaponry and more.
Huaqing Hot Springs, at the foot of picturesque Li Shan, is said to be where Emperor Xuanzong romanced Yang Guifei in the 8th century. Cedar trees, lotus flowers, statues and Nine-dragon Lake provide a peaceful setting for the ancient hot springs
Xian is known for its food. Local dishes include delicious dumplings and roast duck pancakes. Sample the flavours of the Muslim Quarter at Lao Sun Jia, which opened in 1898. Be sure to try the lamb dumplings and steamed buns with mince, broth and noodles. Tel: 029 8742 1858