Xian Journals


A May 2006 trip to Xian by Elisabeth28

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Quote: Xi'an was the capital of China for over 1000 years, and both the city and the surrounding countryside contain an extraordinary variety of historical and cultural sites. From the famous Terracotta Warriors to the thriving Hui Muslim quarter, Xi'an is not to be missed on any trip to China.

Terracotta Warriors

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No historical record exists of the vast army of terracotta warriors buried near the town of Lintong, about 40km east of Xi'an. Built at the order of Emperor Qin Shi Huang, the first man to unite the warring fiefdoms of China into a semblance of its present shape, the army was intended to guard his tomb from enemies in the afterlife. Qin Shi Huang died in 210 B.C., after which the complex was sealed and covered, but the Qin dynasty itself was overthrown by the Han only a few years later. Presumably, the Han emperors wished to erase all memory of their predecessor...and given the tales of cruelty and ruthlessness that have come through the years, perhaps the local people were all too willing to put Qin ...Read More