Xi'an Map
Xi'an is the oldest of the Four Great Ancient Capitals, having held the position under several of the most important dynasties in Chinese history, including Western Zhou, Qin, Western Han, Sui, and Tang. Xi'an is the starting point of the Silk Road and home to the Terracotta Army of Emperor Qin Shi Huang (3rd century BC).
In 1974 a farmer digging for a well discovered the Terracotta buried army and along with the Great Wall, has become one of China's most famous tourist attractions.
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Xi'an is a walled city

Ming dynasty city wall

Uniform apartment complexes

A night at the opera

Left and above: Building in our hotel complex

View from the Bell tower

Commemorating China's space achievements


I don't want to talk it up but we departed Xi'an flying OKair!

Even road tolls have been built to the Tang dynasty architecture

Call the cable guy!
The Buried Terracotta Army of Qin Shi Huang

Qin Shi Huang the first emperor of China

Pit 1

The fence keeps the warriors from escaping

Photographers use light reflecting surfaces to enhance their subjects. Thanks bald guy!

No 8 is where a chariot would have been

The warriors queue to see the tourists


* Note the unique facial features and look of surprise that one of their number has no facial expression at all!

* social outcasts at a party

* The location of the well resulting in the discovery of the site




life size replicas at the museum shop

note the faces on the building

Pit 2

Cavalryman (right) and horse (left)

High Ranking Officer/General

Kneeling Archer


Note the colouring. These warriors would have all been painted.

* Standing Archer

Pit 3

* Charioteers
Wild Goose Pagoda

Pollution as seen by these kites

* = Images copyright Lynne Mazeika