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Xi'an, Shaanxi: Chang'an and the Terracotta Army, First Edition (Odyssey Illustrated Guide) [Paperback]

By Gerald Hatherly (Author), Paul Mooney (Author) & Catherine Maudsley (Author)
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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 vital modern role as administrative center and investment portal to China's vast northwest frontier.

  • Detailed information on the capital of 11 different dynastic periods
  • The world of legendary Chang'an explored
  • Highlights the major archaeological and historical sites of the Xi'an area, including the world-famous Terracotta Warriors and Horses excavation
  • 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 archaeological sites elsewhere in Shaanxi province
  • 96 color photographs
  • 7 maps

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Odyssey Publications
Pages   272
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.3" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.8"
Weight:   1.3 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 15, 2005
Publisher   Odyssey Publications
ISBN  9622177298  
ISBN13  9789622177291  

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More About Gerald Hatherly, Paul Mooney & Catherine Maudsley

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Gerald Hatherly has worked as a translator and writer on Chinese cultural subjects, following post-graduate studies in Chinese language and literature on Taiwan. Since 1986 he has served as the in-house China specialist for an international travel company.

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travel guide not history book  Aug 6, 2007
I purchased the book with the idea it was more of a history book and found out it was a travel book and not easy to follow. Great pictures and some good advice for travelers to china.

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