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Xian, the eternal city, records the great changes of the Chinese nation just like a living history book. Called Chang'an in ancient times, Xian is one of the birthplaces of the ancient civilization in the Yellow River Basin area of the country. During Xian's 3,100 year development, 13 dynasties such as Western Zhou (11th century BC - 771 BC), Qin (221 BC - 206 BC), Western Han (206 BC - 24 AD) and Tang (618 - 907) placed their capitals here. So far, Xian enjoys equal fame with Athens, Cairo, and Rome as one of the four major ancient civilization capitals.
Xian is the capital of Shaanxi province, located in the southern part of the Guanzhong Plain. With the Qinling Mountains to the south and the Weihe River to the north, it is in a favorable geographical location surrounded by water and hills. It has a semi-moist monsoon climate and there is a clear distinction between the four seasons. Except the colder winter, any season is relatively suitable for traveling.


Tang Paradise:

The Terracotta Army (Chinese: 兵马俑; Pinyin: Bīng Mǎ Yǒng; literally "military servants") or Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses is a collection of 8,099 life-size terra cotta figures of warriors and horses located in the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor (秦始皇陵; Qín Shǐ Huáng Líng). The figures were discovered in 1974 near Xi'an, Shaanxi province,

The terracotta figures were buried with the first Emperor of Qin (Qin Shi Huang) in 210-209 BC. Consequently, they are also sometimes referred to as "Qin's Army."

The Terracotta Army of China was discovered in March 1974 by local farmers drilling a well to the east of Mount Li. Mount Li is the name of the man-made necropolis and tomb of the First Emperor of Qin; Qin Shi Huang. Construction of this mausoleum began in 246 B.C. and is believed to have taken 700,000 workers and craftsmen 36 years to complete. Qin Shi Huang was interred inside the tomb complex upon his death in 210 B.C. According to the Grand Historian Sima Qian, The First Emperor was buried alongside great amounts of treasure and objects of craftsmanship, as well as a scale replica of the universe complete with gemmed ceilings representing the cosmos, and flowing mercury. representing the great earthly bodies of water. Recent scientific work at the site has shown high levels of mercury in the soil of Mount Li, tentatively indicating an accurate description of the site’s contents by Sima Qian.

The tomb of Qin Shi Huang is near an earthen pyramid 76 meters tall and nearly 350 meters square. The tomb presently remains unopened. There are plans to seal-off the area around the tomb with a special tent-type structure to prevent corrosion from exposure to outside air. However, there is at present only one company in the world that makes these tents, and their largest model will not cover the site as needed.

Qin Shi Huang’s necropolis complex was constructed to serve as an imperial compound or palace. It is comprised of several offices, halls and other structures and is surrounded by a wall with gateway entrances. The remains of the craftsmen working in the tomb may also be found within its confines, as it is believed they were sealed inside alive to keep them from divulging any secrets about its riches or entrance. It was only fitting, therefore, to have this compound protected by the massive terra cotta army interred nearby.

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awesome photos and some really great buildings there. If I go to China Xi'an will now have to be near the top of my list.
Worth a visit even before Beijing IMO. If you want to see 800 years of history visit Beijing. However, if you want to see 3000 years of history, visit Xi'an.
The white boxy buildings are so alike to Jianwai SOHO in Beijing
Interesting pics - i like the architecture in this city :)
can't believe!!! xi'an is so beautiful !!!!!well done ,xi'an!!!best wishes to xi'an!!!
In fact Japanese and Korean old architecture are derived and influenced by Xian style Chinese architecturem it's Tang style!
Thanks for the pics. great city with loooooong history.. I shall go there one day.
the center of qin dynasty, han dynasty(about 2200 years ago), and tang dynasty(about 1100 years ago).
have to visit this city.
that terra cotta army just blows me away. it is just so amazing to look at. i just...can't even describe.

the city looks very nice. however, i don't know why in so many large chinese cities you'll see row after row after row of the SAME building (obviously residential). it just uglifies some cities so much, but really a beautiful CBD.
i guess true china lies on this city,amazing, this is where the oriental culture rooted, all those palace and temples in china japan korea were all originated from this city.
It looks amazing, so organized and cuturally rich.
Xi'an is the oldest city in china ,it's so ancient and full of history
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