Xian is much more than a host for the Terracotta Warriors: it’s a throbbing, modern-day Chinese city with preserved Ming architecture, museums and a Muslim Quarter that serves up fresh street food in its lively night markets.
The hidden city of Petra offers a well-preserved glimpse into the Nabatean Empire. On a visit, you can climb to the High Place of Sacrifice, marvel at the acoustics in the amphitheatre and admire the shifting shades of red and pink in the Siq at sunrise.
The ancient amphitheatre of El Jem, the single most impressive Roman monument in Africa, is a dramatic and arresting sight. Each summer, world-famous orchestras and artists perform at the classical music festival here.
‘Discovered’ by Hiram Bingham in 1911 although known to local farmers, Machu Picchu’s isolation protected it from the conquistadors. Here, we detail some of the features you can see at the site, as well as short hikes around the ruins.
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