Beijing to Xi'an
Journey Time: 3 hours
Xi'an's best sights are within the old city walls – including the huge walls themselves. The four great fortified gates open each morning to the ringing of a great bell and close each night to the sound of a huge drum; the 14th-century Bell and Drum towers are especially impressive.
But by far the biggest reason to visit Xi'an lies about 24 miles outside the city – the Terracotta Army, the thousands of life-size clay warriors in a huge underground vault. Each figure is different, and the level of detail will send shivers down your spine!
Stay: Shangri-La Hotel Xi'an (3 nights)