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Xi’an, China – a city with ancient oriental features

by Victoria

Xi’an is a city in Shaanxi Province, China. Previously, Xi’an was one of the four capitals in Chinese history, the capital of 13 dynasties, including: the Zhou, the Qin, the Han and the Tang dynasties. Xi’an is also the eastern end of the legendary Silk Road. Xi’an’s reputation in China is comparable to Cairo in Egypt, Rome in Italy and Athens in Greece. 

This city has a history spanning more than 3100 years. Currently, Xi’an is the largest and most developed city in the central to northeastern region and ranks 10th among the largest cities in China. Xi’an is also famous for a system of ancient works dating back thousands of years, from palaces, temples, city walls, …

The Daming Palace

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Daming Palace is the greatest palace in Xi’an, built in the reign of the Tang dynasty with monumental structures, intricate carvings, until now it still retains its ancient features, lavish, splendid as in the beginning. In 2010, it was open to the public. If you only visit outside the palace, you do not need to pay fees, but if you want to explore more about the monument’s culture, history, and architecture, you must buy a ticket.

Fortifications of Xi’an

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Built in the Ming Dynasty, the Xi’an city wall is the oldest fortified military defense system in the world, with an area of ​​14km2 surrounding the city and 18 gates open for visitors to visit. . From here, visitors can observe the panoramic view of local residents.

Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor

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The Qin Shihuang Tomb is located in Lintong District, Xi’an, Shaanxi province of China.50km east of Xi’an. This is one of the famous tourist attractions in Xi’an that any visitor wants to explore here once. Coming here, visitors will admire the terracotta army and many other terracotta works such as horses, weapons, soldiers, … with extremely magnificent scale. The Qin Shihuang Tomb is recognized by UNESCO as a world cultural heritage.

The Bell Tower of Xi’an

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Built in 1384 at the beginning of the Ming Dynasty, this is the symbol of Xi’an city and one of the largest cities of its kind in China. The Bell Tower also contains a number of large bronze bells cast from the Tang Dynasty. The base of the tower is square in shape and covers 1,377 square meters (14,820 sq ft). The tower is a brick and wood structure and is nearly 40 m (130 ft) high. It is located in the center of Xi’an, where the east, west, south and north intersect. This is the largest and most preserved tower among the many remaining bell towers from ancient China.

Giant Wild Goose Pagoda

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Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, or Big Wild Goose Pagoda, is a Buddhist temple located in the south of Xi’an, Shaanxi, China. It was built in 652 during the Tang Dynasty and originally had five stories. The building was rebuilt in 704 during the reign of Queen Wu Zetian and its outer brick facade was renovated during the Ming Dynasty. One of the functions of the temple is to preserve the scriptures and figurines of Gautama Buddha which were brought to China from India by a Buddhist monk, scholar, visitor and translator Xuanzang from the seventh century.

Mount Li

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Mount Li is a mountain located in northeastern Xi’an in Shaanxi province, China. The mountain is part of the Qin Ling mountain range and has an altitude of 1302 meters above sea level. This is one of the eight scenic spots of the plain and is considered by many to “shine like a beacon in the afternoon sun”. From here, visitors can admire the panoramic view of Xi’an city from above

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