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Old April 1st, 2010, 06:19 PM   #221
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The mountains in the background are about 4000 meters high


Most parts of the town got restored for tourists...


A LOT OF SHOPS AGAIN...
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Some are still under construction




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Old April 1st, 2010, 06:24 PM   #223
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2 pics of a restored temple...


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Old April 1st, 2010, 06:27 PM   #224
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3 more pics


looking to the mountains west. Two gondolas path the way


You can visit a nice temple, some waterfalls, rocks and about 5 millions Chinese tourists there.
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Old April 1st, 2010, 06:32 PM   #225
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Some pics from bigger cities, you might heard of.
After visiting Kangding, Litang, Zhongdian, Lijiang and Dali, our trip ended in Kunming.


We spent only one night there, so the pics are not very spectacular


Actually, after touring the lovely countryside, Kunming was nothing special to us.
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Old April 1st, 2010, 06:34 PM   #226
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A modern Chinese city with its broad boulevards, rapidly changing, but almost no historic architecture


The 2 mosques in the inner city district displayed some 1990s bathroom tile architecture. This was taken a stone throw away.
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Old April 1st, 2010, 06:36 PM   #227
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Sorry, no real slkyline pics...


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Old April 1st, 2010, 06:43 PM   #228
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In October we visited Xinjiang, the westernmost province of China, a very differentpart of China with its Arab-looking people who prey to Allah and eat Shish kebab.

The next pics give a short impression on how Urumqi looks like


Because of some politic turmoil a few months before we only spent very little time there


Boring picture? Scary picture! The whole city seemd to be evacuated at that time with only some soldiers marching on the street. This was taken in the afternoon.
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Old April 1st, 2010, 06:45 PM   #229
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Another surprise: Urumqi has its own nightlife district. The proof on the following pics:




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Old April 1st, 2010, 06:49 PM   #230
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...and at last some pics form Urumchi emerging skyline. Sorry for bad quality, as you can see, this was taken from inside the car.

The skyline has developed quickly within the last 10 years. The black-white triangle shaped building right ahead in the foreground finished in 1995 used to be the highest building by far then.was






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Inner city


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Near the railway station.


It took 43 hours by train back to Shanghai (3ooo km)
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Old April 14th, 2010, 06:33 PM   #233
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As announced in the title some pictures of Xian on the next pages.

Near the railway station, our first impression of the city.


The railway station is located at the edge of the ancient city district, which is encircled by the old city wall


...and that's where we went first.
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View from the city wall


The city wall can be easily done by bicycle. 'It takes 14km to go all around
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Since it is a very special Chinese city (which modern and big Chinese city has a fully existing and totally restored city wall...?) some brief facts about Xi'an.



Nowaday just provincial capital of Shaanxi province, Xi'an can still count on being one of the oldest cities in Chinese history and being a proud member of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China beside Beijing, Nanjing and Luoyan

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The city has more than 3,100 years of history, and was known as Chang'an before hte Ming dynasty started in the 14th century



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Xi'an became a cultural and political center of China in 11th century BCE with the founding of the Zhou Dynasty. The capital of Zhou was established in Fēng (沣/灃) and Hào (镐/鎬), both located just west of contemporary Xi'an. Following the Warring States Period, China was unified under the Qin Dynasty (221-206 BCE) for the first time, with the capital located at Xianyang (咸阳), just northwest from modern Xi'an. The first emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang ordered the construction of the Terracotta Army and his mausoleum just east of Xi'an almost immediately upon his ascension to the throne.

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In 202 BCE, the founding emperor Liu Bang of the Han Dynasty established his capital in Chang'an County; (...) he original Xi'an city wall was started in 194 BCE and took 4 years to finish. Upon completion, the wall measured 25.7 km (15.97 mi) in length and 12–16 m (39.37–52.49 ft) in thickness at the base, enclosing an area of 36 km2 (13.90 sq mi). In the year 190, amidst uprisings and rebellions just prior to the Three Kingdoms Period, a powerful warlord named Dong Zhuo moved the court from Luoyang to Chang'an in a bid to avoid a coalition of other powerful warlords against him.


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Following several hundred years of unrest, Sui Dynasty united China again in 582. (...) In the 7th century, Xi'an was the largest city in the world
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Construction of the Da Yan Pagoda (大雁塔, Great Wild Goose Pagoda) began in 652. This pagoda was 64 m (209.97 ft) in height, and was built to store the translations of Buddhist sutras obtained from India by the Xuan Zang. In 707, construction of the Xiao Yan Pagoda (小雁塔, Little Wild Goose Pagoda) began, and measured 45 m (147.64 ft) tall at the time of completion. The massive 1556 Shaanxi earthquake eventually damaged the tower and reduced its height to 43.4 m (142.39 ft).


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Chang'an was devastated at the end of the Tang Dynasty in 904. Residents were forced to move to the new capital city in Luoyang. Only a small area in the city continued to be occupied thereafter. During the Ming Dynasty, a new wall was constructed in 1370 and remains intact to this day. The wall measures 11.9 km in circumference, 12 m (39.37 ft) in height, and 15–18 m (49.21–59.06 ft) in thickness at the base; a moat was also built outside the walls. The new wall and moat would protect a much smaller city of 12 km².


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In October 1911, during the revolution in which the Qing Dynasty was overthrown, the Manchus living in the north-eastern zone within the city walls were massacred.[4] In 1936, the Xi'an Incident took place inside the city walls during the Chinese Civil War. The incident brought the Kuomintang (KMT) and Communist Party of China to a truce to in order to concentrate on fighting against the Japanese Invasion.
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Those recent photos are really great
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Back to the present tense: air quality was so-so...


Like every other Chinese city, Xi'an has its down sides in terms of modern architecture...


But this will not keep you from enjoying it
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It has a very unique appeal, totally different from e.g. Shanghai


Especially within the city walls...


Again, the busy railway station...
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