Xi'an Travel Blog› entry 3 of 5 › view all entries
May 1st, 2007 – by: wforrester
Xian is both a modern and ancient city. The main city centre is contained within its old city walls which are intact. It is possible to cycle the entire wall in about three hours. The wall provides an extensive view of the city below and is in marked contrast to the high rise, glass fronted buildings that make up the modern Xian.
Despite its size of 6.5 million people, Xian is relatively easy to get around and the central town square with its bell tower an ancient mosque is worth wandering around. The mosque dates back to the period when Xian was at the end of the Silk Road and today hosts over 60,000 people of Muslim descent. Our night in Xian finished with a dinner and performance from the Tang Dynasty period. The performance showcased the song and customs from the Tang Dynasty period, the only Dynasty in China ’s history to be ruled by a woman Emperor.
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