Shaanxi Province lies in central China with a population of about 37 million people. Its capital city is Xian which historically was the starting point for the Silk Road. Xian though is perhaps most famous as the home of the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor, an archaeological site containing thousands of clay soldiers called the Terracotta Army. From a birdwatching perspective, Shaanxi’s most famous bird is probably the Crested Ibis. In 1981 there were only 7 wild Crested Ibis in the world, all located in China's Shaanxi Province. Due to a huge conservation effort undertaken by the Chinese authorities, today’s population now numbers 2,000 birds. The main purpose for my trip to Shaanxi Province was to see this bird, but the Province is also home to numerous species including pheasants, partridges, woodpeckers and owls.