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Xi'an, Shaanxi & The Terracotta Army

Situated in north central China, Xi'an is among the great historic centers of the world - it is China's Luxor. Here the early tapestry of Chinese civilization was woven, the rise of the Zhou kingdom which introduced the "Mandate of Heaven", the Warring State of Qin which defeated and unified the country into the first empire from which "Qin" gave the West the concept of "China". Then, turning westward, through the golden ages of the Han and the Tang, Xi'an sparkled as the largest and most cosmopolitan city on earth. The gateway to the fabled Silk Road of yore, traders and travelers from the Levant, the Middle East, Central Asia and beyond made their way to the bustling markets of this most open of ancient cities.

This comprehensive guidebook, highlighting the city and its environs, leads the reader on a journey through China's glorious ancient history, from the origin of the distinctive landscape of northern China and the early stirrings of Neolithic culture at sites like Banpo, through its rise to Imperial capital in the Qin, Han and Tang (among other periods), to its relative decline and vital modern role as an administrative center and investment portal to China's vast northwest frontier.


“...a colorful guide to China's ancient capital in the Odyssey series, noteworthy for its excellent maps, hundreds of color photographs and plain old good writing (not something you an always count on in a guidebook)....”

“...excellent book... so different from the usual travel trash churned out these days...great subject, great area, writers know what they're talking about ... intelligent and serious guide to Xi'an ...” - www.thetraveleditor.com


+ Highlights major archeological and historical sites of the Xi'an area, including the world-famous Terracotta Warriors and Horses excavation

+ Xi'an, Shaanxi: Gateway to the fabled Silk Road

+ The Banpo Neolithic Village that dates back to around 5000 BCE

+ Detailed information on the capital of 11 different dynastic periods

+ Explores the colorful world of ancient Chang'an

+ Describes the geological background to the distinctive loess scenery of the Yellow River Basin and the North China Plain

+ Guides you to Mao's Red Army wartime headquarters located in the caves of Yan'an and along the stunning peaks of Hua Shan, one of China's sacred mountains

+ Examines Shaanxi's role in the "Go West" movement, aimed at developing China's hinterland

+ "Literary excerpts"

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Paul Mooney - Author
Gerald Hatherly - Author
Catherine Maudsley - Author


Publication Date : April 2009
Category : TRAVEL/China
Paperback ISBN 10 : 9622178006
Paperback ISBN 13 : 978-962-217-800-7
Edition : Second Edition
Paperback Price : US$ 24.95, GB£ 15.95
Format : 8in x 5.5in
Pages : 336
Photos : 180
Maps : 16

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