Xi'an.. See Ann
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This is the second part of my China tour: Xi'an City! This city was the ancient capital of Imperial China. It is known as one of the most important cities in Chinese history, Xi'an is listed as one of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China because it has been the capital of 13 dynasties, including the Zhou, Qin, Han, and Tang. Xi'an is also the eastern end of the Silk Road. The city has more than 3,100 years of history. It was called Chang'an. On the 5th day of our trip, we took a domestic flight to fly from Beijing to Xi'an. The only reason why I wanted to go to Xi'an was to see the famous Terracotta Warriors. It is actually a collection of 8,099 life-size terra cotta figures of warriors and horses located near the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor.
Three farmers discovered the warriors in 1974. Since these three peasants were receiving special attention from the whole world, they would refuse to get the photo taken as they regard themselves as "superstars”. There are actually three pits that contain the famous terra cotta warriors. Pit 1 - the biggest and with largest collection of the warriors. Pit Two - this contains only for high rank officials, so only few warriors are in there. Pit Three - Known to contain horses and chariots, but the chariots are made of wood. So during the biggest vandalism act of one of the generals after Emperor Qin died, they were burned down. The museum was placed here. Some Warriors are still intact during the excavation.
After visiting the Museum of Qin Terracotta Warriors, next stop was the Huaqing Hotspring.
Then, we visited the Old Xi'an City Wall. The city is surrounded by a well-preserved City wall of Xi'an which was re-constructed in the Ming Dynasty and based in inner imperial palace of Tang Dynasty. The area in which Xi'an sits is a relatively flat place, making travel on the wall relatively easy unlike the steep inclines of the Great Wall. It is also plenty wide enough to rent a bicycle and cruise along the wall without ruffling anyone's feathers.
Also, we visited the Drum and Bell tower.