Chinese City Fact: Xian

Xian is a very important cultural and educational centre in central China and is one of it’s oldest cities. Perhaps best known to tourists for it’s Terracotta Army it has become a must visit destination for many people visiting China.

Xian Mausuleo Emperador Qin Terracotas 02photo © 2010 Rafael | more info (via: Wylio)

The first emperor Qin Shi Huang ordered the construction of the famous Terracotta warriors for his mausoleum, one of many to be located in the Xian region.

Xian perhaps has one of the richest mix of architectural styles in China. Many Chinese traditional buildings still remain and they were designed to be large and ornamental. The different styles can be differentiated by the colours of the roofs and the details underneath.

Muralla y Torre de la Campana de Xian China 10photo © 2010 Rafael | more info (via: Wylio)

Some popular attractions include the Bell Tower (1384), The Great Mosque (over 1000 years old) and the best preserved and most complete City Wall in China.

Xian city wallsphoto © 2006 Bill Tyne | more info (via: Wylio)

South gate of Xianphoto © 2007 Richard Weil | more info (via: Wylio)

For more on Xian please visit:

http://www.chinatoday.com/city/xian.htm

http://www.imperialtours.net/terracotta_warriors.htm

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