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China coloring map and fun facts

China coloring map and fun facts June 11, 2009

Click here and you should get to a free promotional coloring map put out by Berkshire publishing. And here you’ll find a complementary article on Tibet by the same.

Some facts:

  • 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.

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