Xi’an is the capital of Shaanqi province, all just east of the dead center of contemporary China.
- It is most famous as one of the ancient capitals of all of China, most notably under the T’ang Dynasty (June 18, 618 – June 4, 907).
- It is also claimed to be the eastern terminus of the Silk Road – yet maps suggest that the route travels further east to Luoyang and to China’s coastal cities as well.
- It is also known as Chang’an, which is what it’s called for my trip because this was the name during the time when Buddhism held greatest influence in the city.
- It was sacked by Tibet in 763 (see above article).
- Among the city’s many distinguished features is the great Terracotta Army (see below), dating to around 210 BCE and known as the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor by UNESCO.