Visiting Xian

I’m taking a quick trip to Xian (in pictures that is). Xian was China’s ancient capital for more than a thousand years before being moved to what is called Beijing.

Xian’s City wall is centuries old

After landing in Xian in 2008 (our third trip to the city since 1999), we found a great driver. He was honest and knowledgeable. Here’s the cell phone number he had at the time (136-0916-251). If you visit Xian, I recommend you book him for the entire stay. He also introduced us to some experiences we’d never had on previous trips.

Traffic in downtown Xian

The Famous Terra Cotta warriors were created to guard China’s first emperor Qin Shi Huangdi (221-204 B.C.). Qin Shi Huangdi made Xian China’s first capital until Kublai Khan moved the capital to Beijing where he ruled his Khanbalik Empire, from 1264 to 1267.

These warriors were created to guard China’s first emperor after death.

Discover The First Emperor: The Man Who Made China

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Lloyd Lofthouse is the award-winning author of My Splendid Concubine [3rd edition]. When you love a Chinese woman, you marry her family and culture too. This is the love story Sir Robert Hart did not want the world to discover.

His latest novel is the multiple-award winning Running with the Enemy.

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