Xi'an and Shaanxi Province: China's Gateway to the Silk Road

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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....
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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 modern role as administrative and educational gateway to China's vast northwest frontier.
• Detailed information on the capital of 11 different dynastic periods
• Highlights the major archeological and historical sites of the Xi'an area, including the world famous Terracotta Warriors and Horses excavation
• Generous use of clear maps and colorful illustrations to supplement text
• Describes the geological background to the distinctive scenery of the Yellow River Basin and the North China Plain
• Introduces the Chinese Communists' war-time HQ at Yan'an and newly opened archeological sites elsewhere in Shaanxi Province
• 272 pages including 96 color photos and 7 maps

Author Biography: Gerald Hatherly originally hails from Canada where he studied Chinese geography; following post-graduate studies in Chinese language and literature on Taiwan, he worked as a translator and writer on Chinese cultural subjects. Since 1986 he has served as the in-house China specialist for the international travel company, Abercrombie & Kent. He continues to travel to China every month from his home in Hong Kong.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789622177291
  • Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc
  • Publication date: 4/28/2005
  • Series: Odyssey Xian and Shaanxi Series
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.54 (w) x 7.98 (h) x 0.74 (d)

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