Dr. Chun
Xi'an, China

May, 2011

 

We flew from Beijing to Xi'an. Located in the middle of China's mainland, Xi'an has been a bright pearl along the Silk Road for 2,000 years. Emperors of thirteen dynasties chose here as their political, cultural, and economic center. Among the wealth of important sites in and around the city, the magnificent Terracotta Army of the Qin emperor is the most famous and Xi'an's biggest draw.



     
     
013Xi'an Xianyang Airport: Our second stop during the China trip was Xi'an, the capital of the Shaanxi province. Boys and girls took group pictures separately at the airport parking lot. 023Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor: The first emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang, ordered the construction of the Terracotta Army and his mausoleum after his ascension to the throne.
 
033Terracotta Warriors Museum: You really must go see the museum. Pictures cannot properly express the incredible scale of this place! 043World Horticultural Expo: The Expo was being held during our visit to Xi'an. On the way to Warriors Museum, we also found a nice place for a group picture.
 
053Fun in Xi'an: When we got thirsty after dark, we usually went out to find a nice place to drink - and to dance... 063Drum Tower: We visited Drum Tower on the way to the Muslim Quarters. The streets around that area are very interesting.
 
073Xi'an Software Park: Xi'an has re-emerged as an important industrial and educational center of the central China. 083City Wall of Xi'an: It is the most complete city wall that has survived in China - one of the largest ancient military defensive systems in the world.
 
093Cycling on the City Wall: A must for any visitor to Xi'an is to rent a bicycle and ride atop the ancient city wall. A bumpy ride around the entire city wall in 90 minutes... 103De Fa Chang Restaurant: We were served 18 kinds of dumplings - one after another - in the shapes of different animals, while listening to traditional Chinese music.
 
113Flowers: It was springtime, and beautiful flowers cheered us up everywhere. 123Streets in Xi'an: The railway station, a quiet street along the City Wall, and a crowded intersection near the hotel...
 
     
 
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