China Pictures -- Xi'an
Xi'an was the capital city for the Zhou, Qin, Han, Sui, and Tang dynasties. It marked the starting point of the Silk Road and was the place where the merchants from the middle east and Europe came to trade for silk and porcelain. The city wall still stands as well as the pits where the first emperor, Qin Shihuangdi, buried 8000 terra cotta warriors. The first picture is of the amazing drum tower located right next to the Muslim night bazaar in the middle of the city. Check out all the fun modes of transportation people come up with in Xi'an.
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Muslim Night Market
Terra Cotta Factory
Terra Cotta Soldiers
China's first emperor, Qin Shi Huangdi, buried thousands of terra cotta soldiers and horses near his tomb, hoping they would protect him in the next life. These life-like statues were discovered in 1974 when some Chinese farmers were digging a well. The world's largest free-standing airplane hangar was built over the first pit of soldiers and Chinese archaeologists have worked to reconstruct the soldiers who were destroyed by looting and a collapsed roof. You can read all about the archaeological site where these statues were found at http://www.travelchinaguide.com/attraction/shaanxi/xian/terra_cotta_army/,
The last photo in this slide show is of the mound where Qin Shihuangdi is buried. Archaeologists have not unearthed his tomb yet because they are waiting until their technology has advanced a bit further so that whatever they find can be preserved. I sure hope they dig him up during my lifetime!
Giant Wild Goose Pagoda
One of the most impressive things to me was a huge room with carved jade murals on three walls depicting the life of Buddha. Look for it in the pictures below.