Short stories & travel reports from a life spent living, working and exploring the globe.
Drawing up a must-see list of China’s essential cities? Don’t forget about Xian in Shaanxi Province, home to the world famous Terracotta Army excavation site. But fear not the city itself has loads more to offer, from cycling around the ancient city walls and one of China’s most incredible food quarters, to traditional dance performances, a nightly water and light show and access to mountains, ancient villages and pandas.
My own adventure here came almost ten years ago during a cross-country trip in May 2009. To get the full lowdown on what I got up to in this unmissable city, cast your eyes over my reports on: