Xuzhou has a long history, and a deep connection with historic figures like Han Emperor Liu Bang, Xiang Yu-the overlord of Western Chu, and Liu Bei-the first ruler of Shu Han.
In addition to the outstanding talents, Xuzhou also has a large number of cultural heritages, historical sites and abundant historical legacies, and thus the name “the Oriental Athens”. Besides, Xuzhou is an excellent tourism resort with both the boldness of northern China and the elegance of the south China. Here you can see the world-famous three superb legacies of Han Dynasty, that is Han tombs, stone sculptures and terracotta warriors. A large number of Han terracotta warriors and horses have been unearthed in Xuzhou. Unlike the realistic style of Qin terracotta warriors in Xi’an, the ones in Xuzhou were made subtly to depict the vivid facial expressions and even inner feeling of the Han warriors. These thousands of lifelike Han terracotta warriors and horses seem like a mighty army from the Han Dynasty to shock the world.
On top of the cultural relics of the Han Dynasty, historical attractions are everywhere, including Ximatai Ruins left by Xiang Yu, the stele inscribed with Liu Bang's Song of the Great Wind, Fanghe Pavilion in Su Shi’s essay The Story of Fanghe Pavilion, the stone Buddha built in the Northern Wei Dynasty, Yanzi Tower from the Tang Dynasty, and city ruins of both the Ming and Qing Dynasty, which make Xuzhou a city full cultural charm and distinct glamour.