ancient capitol of china

Xi’an

Xi’an is the capital of the Shaanxi province, and a sub-provincial city in the People’s Republic of China. One of the oldest cities in China, with more than 3,100 years of history, the city was known as Chang’an before the Ming Dynasty. Xi’an is one of the Four Great Ancient Capitals (Beijing, Nanjing, Luoyang, and Xi’an) of China, having held the position under several of the most important dynasties in Chinese history, including Zhou, Qin, Han, Sui, and Tang. Xi’an is the eastern terminus of the Silk Road and home to the Terracotta Army.

Since 1990′s Xi’an has re-emerged as an important cultural, industrial and educational center of the central-northwest region, with facilities for research and development, national security and China’s space exploration program. Xi’an is one of the most popular tourist destinations in China. The city has many important historical sites, and some are ongoing archaeological projects, such as the Mausoleum of Qin Shi Huang and his Terracotta Army. There are several burial mounds, tombs of the Zhou Dynasty kings located in the city.

Xi’an holds many great sights such as the city wall which was re-constructed in the 14th century during the early Ming Dynasty and was based on the inner imperial palace of Tang Dynasty, The Mausoleum of Qin Shi Huang and his Terracotta Army, The Bell Tower and Drum Tower, The Giant Wild Goose Pagoda and Small Wild Goose Pagoda (spectacular towers and both are well over 1,000 years old and have survived great earthquakes), The Stele Forest, The Famen Temple, Huaqing Hot Springs, Xi Ming Temple and more. This is a place where there are just too many things to see.

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