Xi'an was one of the most important cradles of Chinese civilization. It marked the start of the famous "Silk Road" that linked China with central Asia and the Roman Empire. And it served as the first capital of a unified China and capital of 11 dynasties periodically from the 11th century B.C. to the early 10th century A.D. Xi'an, or Chang'an as it was called in ancient times, is known as the city of "Everlasting Peace." Located between rivers and mountains in the center of the fertile Guanzhong Plain in Shaanxi Province.
Xi'an has a population of 8.5 million and is the most populous city in Northwest China.The two Chinese characters in the name Xi'an mean "Western Peace".
As dynasty after dynasty added their own mark to Xi'an, the relics of old palaces, temples and tombs abounded throughout the city and surrounding countryside.
Entertainment activities in Xian are also pretty colorful and have their characteristics to boast about. In the Tang Dynasty Dinner Show and Tang Paradise, you can have a full appreciation of the splendid dance and music performances of the prospering Tang Dynasty. The Northern Square of Big Wild Goose Pagoda opens a beautiful music fountain that is said to be the largest in Asia . The popular local Shaanxi Opera (Qinqiang) can also be heard in some large theatres. Others like the regular KTV, pubs, teahouses, cafes and bowling alleys can also be easily found in Xian. To enjoy the modern entertainment involved in classical aura, please go to Defuxiang in the north of Xiangzimiao Street near South Gate of City Wall.