Xi'an - Terracottas April 2008
Shanghai has 30yr history, Beijing has 300yr history while Xi'an has 3000yr history since the old kingdom started there (known as Chang'an). Having said that, the Teracotta Warriors are the main attractions to me. It's amazing and breath-taking to actually be physically there taking in the air filled with the smell of clay.
It wasn't as scenic as my Jiu Zhai Gou-Huang Long trip in 2006 but I made the best of it by looking from a different perspective, esp on simple things. Misty, cloudy, rainy and chilly were part of the trip with only a day or two of sunshine!