Xi-an – Not Just the Terracotta Warriors









People travel to Xi’an to see the Terracotta Warriors, and they are indeed breathtaking. But there is more to Xi’an …















Xi’an is seriously old. Its history reaches back ages; the “Lantian Man” was found near Xi’an and is believed to be 600,000 years old.  In 6100 BCE, Xi’an became the center of the Zhou Dynasty. Later, during the Han Dynasty (206 BCE – 220 CE), Xi’an was the origin point for travel to the west along the Silk Road. Around 680 CE it was the largest city in the world with over 1,000,000 inhabitants. (Source: Wikipedia) The Shanxxi History Museum has artifacts from the earliest history of China through the relatively recent Ming Dynasty – including relics from the Zhou Dynasty and reconstructions of the Lantian Man.


The “new” (c.a. 1370) city wall remains ….





… dividing the old from the new.

Hui Min Jie – or Hui Peoples’ Street – is the Muslim Quarter, where descendants of Silk Road travelers married Han Chinese and settled.


The preparation of street food is fascinating to watch and, in many cases, safe to eat – not to mention tasty.



The Tomb of Emperor Jingdi is worth the drive (about 45 minutes in the direction of the airport). Excavation has barely begun, but it is impressive nonetheless. Here, too, the Emperor had buried ceramic figures of people and animals – just much smaller than those of Qin Shi Huang. Just a few – maybe a dozen – of the pits have been excavated, and the Emperor’s tomb itself remains untouched.





Warm Tip: In Xian, stay at the Sofitel Renmin Square.

~ by raysparrowe on March 23, 2013.

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