Xi’an, China (7/13)

Home to the famous Terracotta Warriors, Xi’an is the ancient capital of China. Hotels are cheaper here than Shanghai, and the population is somewhat less dense than other cities in China, making for a more pleasant experience. The former endpoint of the Silk Road, Xi’an has an amazing blend of cultures, and ancient history blends with 21st-century life seamlessly. You can make your own terracotta warriors, bike along the city wall, go on one of the most dangerous hikes in China up Mt. Huashan, and visit Yuanjia Village, which is a replica of how an ancient Chinese town would have looked.