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Xi'an is one of the oldest cities in China and the first city of the Silk Road as Marco Polo wrote. It used to be 12 imperial capitals for more than 1100 years. Located in the middle of China's mainland, it has a pleasing climate with typical four seasons, and has always been taking a principal role in politics, economy, transportation, technology and education. Above all, it's famous for being an epitome of Chinese histroy and for the fantastic culture it holds, along with numerous historical sites such as the Army of Terracotta Warriors which is understandably one of China's major tourist attractions. Xian has a great deal of Islamic infulence with mosques and marketplaces in the centre of the town.