Xian: A formidable Army made of Terracotta January 12th 2008 Mianyang was just a stopover; an 8-hour stopover enroute to Xian. The 10-hour bumpy bus ride from Jiuzhaigou ended at Mianyang's train station where we got 11:15 pm tickets to Xian. The uneventful overnighter reached the destination at 11 am. Xian, a walled city (mostly renovated 14th century Ming walls), is said to be China's cultural capital. Its predecessor Chang'an flourished wit ... read more
Asia » China » Shanxi For centuries China stood as a leading civilization, outpacing the rest of the world in the arts and sciences, but in the 19th and early 20th centuries, the country was beset by civil unrest, major famines, military defeats, and foreign occupation. A... ... read more
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