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Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses

The well-known Terra-cotta Museum is located east of Emperor Qin's Mausoleum, which covers a total area of 20 hectares. The museum is decorated with verdant trees-blooming flowers and carpets of green grass. The scenery in the museum looks quite elegant and delightful. Three main buildings of the museum, which were named Pit 1,Pit 2, Pit 3, were constructed on their original sites in different periods of time.

Emperor Qin's Terra-cotta Museum

Emperor Qin's Terra-cotta Museum is not only a treasure house where the tourists can learn history, culture and human civilization, but also a main scenic spot of Xi'an city. It can receive about 1.5 million tourists annually. Approximately 40 million visitors from home and abroad have visited the Museum within the last 20 years. Today "the eighth Wonder of the world" has almost become synonym of the Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses In 1987, the Emperor Qin's Mausoleum was put on the list of the UNESCO as a world-class cultural heritage site. Now the Museum is well-known widely as a huge modern on-site museum and it is going to be one of the best in the world.

Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses

Bell Tower (Zhong Lou)

The Bell Tower, is a stately traditional building, that marks the geographical center of the ancient capital. From this important landmark extend East, South, West and North Streets, connecting the Tower to the East, South, West and North Gates of the City Wall of the Ming Dynasty.

Bell Tower

The wooden tower, which is the largest and best-preserved of its kind in China, is 36 meters (118 feet) high. It stands on a brick base 35.5 meters (116.4 feet) long and 8.6 meters (28.2 feet) high on each side. During the Ming Dynasty, Xian was an important military town in Northwest China, a fact that is reflected in the size and historic significance of its tower.

Bell Tower Night View

City Wall

When Zhu Yuanzhang, the first Emperor of the Ming dynasty (1368-1644), captured Huizhou, a hermit named Zhu Sheng admonished him that he should "built high walls, store abundant food supplies and take time to be an Emperor," so that he could fortify the city and unify the other states. After the establishment of the Ming dynasty, Zhu Yuanzhang followed his advice and began to enlarge the wall built initially during the old Tang dynasty (618 -907), creating the modern Xian City Wall. It's the most complete city wall that has survived in China, as well being one of the largest ancient military defensive systems in the world.

City Wall

After the extension, the wall now stands 12 meters (40 feet) tall, 12-14 meters (40-46 feet) wide at the top and 15-18 meters (50-60 feet) thick at the bottom. It covers 13.7 kilometers (8.5 miles) in length with a deep moat surrounding it.

Every 120 meters, there is a rampart which extends out from the main wall. All together, there are 98 ramparts on the wall, which were built to defend against the enemy climbing up the wall. Each rampart has a sentry building, in which the soldiers could protect the entire wall without exposing themselves to the enemy. Besides, the distance between every two ramparts is just within the range of an arrow shot from either side, so that they could shoot the enemy, who wanted to attack the city, from the side. On the outer side of the city wall, there are 5948 crenellations, namely battlements. The soldiers can outlook and shoot at the enemy. On the inner side, parapets were built to protect the soldiers from falling off.

City Wall

Big Wild Goose Pagoda

As the symbol of the old-line Xian, Big Wild Goose Pagoda is a well-preserved ancient building and a holy place for Buddhists. It is located in the southern suburb of Xian City, about 4 kilometers (2.49 miles) from the downtown of the city. Standing in the Da Ci'en Temple complex, it attracts numerous visitors for its fame in the Buddhist religion, its simple but appealing style of construction, and its new square in front of the temple. It is rated as a National Key Cultural Relic Preserve as well as an AAAA Tourist Attraction.This attraction can be divided into three parts: the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, the Da Ci'en Temple, and the North Square of Big Wild Goose Pagoda.

North Square of Big Wild Goose Pagoda

Forest of Stone Steles

Once the site of the Temple of Confucius during the Northern Song dynasty (960--1127), the Forest of Stone Steles Museum is situated on Sanxue Street, near the south gate of Xian City Wall. It was initially established in AD 1087 when some precious stone steles were moved here for safe keeping, including the "Classic on Filial Piety" written by Emperor Xuanzong in AD 745 and "the Kaicheng Stone Steles" arved in AD 837. With an area of 31,000 square meters, the Forest of Stone Steles used to be the principal museum for Shaanxi Province since 1944. Then because of the large number of stone steles, it was officially named as the Forest of Stone Steles Museum in 1992.

Forest of Stone Steles


Forest of Stone Steles Museum

Famen Temple

In China, many temples house treasures and artifacts, but the sheer quantity and quality of treasures in the Famen Temple is rare. Situated in Famen Town of Fufeng County, about 120 kilometers (about 74.57 miles) west of Xian, Famen Temple is renowned for storing the veritable four slivers of the finger bone of the Sakyamuni Buddha. Famen Temple was established in the Eastern Han Dynasty (25--220), for carrying forward Buddhism. The most representative structures in the temple are the Famen Temple Pagoda and Famen Temple Museum.

Famen Temple


the finger bone of the Sakyamuni Buddha

Mt. Huashan

As one of the five best-known mountains in China, Mt. Huashan is located to the south of Huayin city, 120 kilometers east of Xian, in Shaanxi province, with an elevation of 2200 meters above sea level. In ancient times, Mt. Huashan was called Mt. Taihuashan. Seen from afar, the five peaks looks like five petals of a flower. Hence its name, Mt. Huashan (= five flowers). Today, it is listed as one of the renowned national scenic spots

Mt. Huashan


Mt. Huashan

Huaqing Hot Springs

Situated at the northern foot of Mt. Lishan in Lintong County, 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) from Xian City, Huaqing Hot Spring is famed for both its dainty spring scenery and the romantic love story of Emperor Xuanzong (685-762) and his concubine Yang Guifei in the Tang Dynasty (618-907). Its long history and location among the wonderful landscapes of Xian should entice any visitor to visit and bathe in this hot spring. It is said that King You built a palace here during the Western Zhou Dynasty (11th century BC-711 BC). Additions were subsequently made by the First Emperor Qing (259 BC-210BC) and Emperor Wu during the Western Han Dynasty (206 BC-24).

Yang Guifei in the Tang Dynasty (618-907)

During his reign, the Emperor Xuanzong spent dizzying amounts of his funds to build a luxurious palace, changing its name to Huaqing Hot Spring or Huaqing Palace. Over the course of 41 years in his days, he visited the palace as many as 36 times. The palace thus has a history of 3,000 years and the hotspring a history of 6,000 years! Ranked among the Hundred Famous Garden in China, it is also has the status as a National Cultural Relic Protection Unit and a National Key Scenic Area.


Huaqing Hot Springs

Tang Paradise

Near the Big Wild Goose Pagoda , Tang Paradise is located in the Qujiang Resort, southeast of the Xian City, Shaanxi Province. It is a newly opened tourist attraction in April, 2005. Tang Paradise covers a total area of 1000 mu (about 165 acres) and of which 300 mu (about 49 acres) is water. This tourist attraction not only claims to be the biggest cultural theme park in the northwest region of China but also the first royal-garden-like park to give a full display of the Tang Dynasty's (618-907) culture.Altogether, twelve scenic regions are distributed throughout Tang Paradise to provide visitors with the enjoyment of twelve cultural themes and a perfect exhibition of the grandness, prosperity and brilliance of the culture of the Tang Dynasty.

Tang Paradise

What makes Tang Paradise incredible is that it is no longer the garden mode of only water and mountains in the Chinese traditional sense. The outstanding designers of the magnificent Tang Paradise have integrated almost everything representative of the Tang Dynasty, such as the poetry, the songs and dance, the marketplaces, the food, the women's lifestyles, and science into every site using cultural themes, thus endowing every place with its own story and its own place in the tapestry of Tang Dynasty culture.

Tang Paradise

Last Updated ( Sunday, 04 January 2009 )
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Attractions
Jan 04 2009 14:29:40
This thread discusses the Content article: Attractions

Want to see what's life 6000 years ago? go to Xi'an Banpo archaeological site, located east of Xi'an, is a village of matriarchal society during Neolithic era.
#62
Re:Attractions
Jan 16 2009 13:49:06
Wow, thanks for sharing this. I would like to take a look at it. Is it open to the public? It´s amazing to see how people lived at that times. In Qatar (Arabian Peninsula) danish archeolousts recently discovered an early human settlements which is 750.000 years old. From a time where Archaic Homo sapiens were on their way out of Africa in the process of discovering the world. Read more here:

http://www.businessxtras.com/750000-year-old-settlements-discovered-in-qatar/

Or in Spain, bones were discovered which are 1 million years old. They found a kind of bone, whose small size indicates that it belonged to a female, is regarded as a key piece in the puzzle that scientists are trying to put together on how the human species spread out from Africa, and on how it occupied Europe.

Also, just a few years ago, they discovered a settlement in Seydişehir/Turkey from the Neolithic era which is 9000 years old. See here:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1597702/posts

The oldest settlement in Europe, founded by modern humans exists in todays Czech republic(in Mladec) and is proved to be 30.000 years old:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2005/05/0519_050519_mladecbones.html

In Romania they even found an older settlement. The specimens all date to a time period belonging to the Aurignacians, an early modern human culture that existed about 30,000 to 40,000 years ago in todays European continent.

Not to mention discoveries in Ibero-America (Peru etc.). All together a very fascinating subject!
#63
Re:Attractions
Jan 18 2009 00:02:24
they do have a museum there.you can see tools, poteries with painting, pots for burying kids,etc.details is in Chinese which i have difficault to translate.
#64
Re:Attractions
Feb 05 2009 11:22:27
not forget the tomb of first emperor qin. will they ever open it? so curious to see it!
#65
Re:Attractions
Mar 09 2009 00:04:14
its said that they have not thought up an effective way to do open it.The detection conducted in 2002 shows there is a lot mercury existed inside the tomb,its is described as 'hundreds of rivers of mercury' in ancient book. reference: http://news.qq.com/a/20040907/000396.htm
#76
Re:Attractions
Sep 15 2011 12:15:04
Terra-cotta Museum is the best place to know more about the china and history of china. This is the best place for tourist to visit during china tour. This is the one of the huge modern museum which is the worlds one place to visit and very much famous in tourist.
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