Thursday, July 1, 2010

X for Xi'an

One of my great trips in China.






From Wikipedia:
Xi'an is more than 3,000 years old and was known as Chang'an in ancient times. For 1,000 years, the city was the capital for 13 dynasties, and a total of 73 emperors ruled here. Xi'an is the undisputed root of Chinese civilization having served as the capital city for the Zhou, Qin, Han, and Tang dynasties. With so much history within the ground the city lies upon, it is no wonder that there are so many historical ruins, museums, and cultural relics to be found here. It was already influencing the world outside of the Great Wall of China as the eastern terminus of the Silk Road(丝绸之路). Here traders from far and wide brought goods and ideas for sale and took goods and ideas back with them to their native countries. In present day Xi'an not much of its former glory remains within the city confines, due to the constant warfare and political changes that swept China particularly throughout the 20th Century. Today the city has a pleasant cosmopolitan flare to it and it is worth visiting for the famed Terracotta Warriors alone. It has often been said that, "if you have not been to Xi'an, you have not been to China!"

很美丽的地方。 你去过吗?

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6 comments:

Roger Owen Green said...

my, I love that pic of your head on that massive body

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Ann said...

you became a Chinese Xena?

Sistertex said...

:), this is great. Very nice 'Face of the Week'! Made me smile. I really want to get to China one day. Hoping sometime I will be able to.

Thank you so much for sharing this great post with us and for participating in 'Face of the Week' this week. Greatly appreciated, love having you! Have a great weekend!

send flower china said...

Love the pics..
I suggest this site to my friends so it could be useful & informative for them also. Great effort.

jabblog said...

I would love to see the Terracotta Warriors - just such an extraordinary and labour-intensive project.

Clytie said...

Love that first shot - didn't that metal outfit make it hard to sit down??? Lol!

Beautiful photos, very interesting information. One more place I will probably never be able to visit - except through someone elses eyes. Thank you for the trip!