This is to respond to Frizztext the Story Challenge: Letter “X”.

xian bell tower

Xi’an (Chang’an) is one of the four ancient capitals (other three are Rome, Athens, and Cairo) in the world history.  “West Rome, East Chang’an ” is the portrayal of ancient historical status in the world.

The City:

  • The city is famous for the Terracotta Army –one of the Eight Wonders of the world.
  • It is recognized by UNESCO as one of the historic cities.
  • Xi’an is the cradle of Chinese civilization.
  • It has over 6,000 years of history of the founding of the city.
  • It has the longest history 1,200 years as a capital of 13 dynasties including the Qin Dynasty–the first emperor of Qin ordered to link all the walls in different regions into the Great Wall.
  • Between 206 BC and 9 AD, Xi’an was the world economic and cultural exchange center when the “Silk Road” was developed.
  • It is located in the northwest part of China, approx. 679 miles west of Beijing.

The Fortifications of Xi’an:

  • The first city wall was constructed in 194 BC, but the wall that we see today was built during the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644).
  • The fortifications of Xi’an is one of the oldest and best preserved city walls, 39-52 ft. (12-16 meters) in thickness at the base and 39 ft. (12 meters) in height, and 16 miles long.

xian city wall

  • The City Wall has 18 gates, south has 7, north 6, west 2, and east 3.

Xian city wall gate

  • The top of this city wall was built to allow 8 to 10 horses marching in line.

xian city wall -5

Note: Qin Dynasty unified China (221-206 BC) at the time when Roman Republic was established.

I haven’t visited Xi’an, but have been fascinated with the ancient Chinese history. We plan to visit this great ancient city and other historical places in China next summer.  :)  The above photos are from the Wikipedia Commons.

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33 responses

  1. Xi’ An is a lovely city. We went and saw the warriors, but didn’t realize the wall was so big. We saw some of the gates afrom the bus and they are massive. You will love it!

    December 14, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    • Amy

      Glad to see you! I’m excited about the trip. Thank you for your comment!

      December 14, 2012 at 7:53 pm

      • When are you going? Where else in China will you go?

        December 15, 2012 at 6:34 am

        • Amy

          We are going with a tourist group. The trip includes Beijin, Xi’an, the Great Wall, Li River, and Shanghai. May be sometime toward the end of May when I can be off from work. Were you be in Shanghai?

          December 15, 2012 at 6:42 am

          • Yes I will be in Shanghai… work finishes the end of June. This may be my last year here… have to decide soon. I’d like to stay and see more, but my husband is looking for work elsewhere since he cannot get anything here. Work has been a bit of a nightmare this year, so I wouldn’t miss it, but I think I would miss China a lot.

            December 15, 2012 at 7:04 am

            • Amy

              I’ll let you when the trip is finalized before May.

              December 15, 2012 at 7:33 am

              • great!

                December 16, 2012 at 5:52 am

  2. I missed this when I went to China but wished I would have made the visit. I did see an amazing part of the Great Wall and the Forbidden City is amazing. :)

    December 14, 2012 at 9:08 pm

  3. Amy

    We will be going with a travel group, will visit Beijin, Xi’an, the Great Wall Li River, and Shanghai.

    December 15, 2012 at 6:47 am

  4. lifeofaministermom

    What a wonderful visit that will be! Now you have me fascinated!

    December 15, 2012 at 8:17 am

    • Amy

      Thank you so much for reading it! So glad to hear your comment. :)

      December 15, 2012 at 9:45 am

  5. thank you for your wonderful X-report!

    December 15, 2012 at 10:30 am

    • Amy

      Thank you for your comment, Frizz!

      December 16, 2012 at 12:20 pm

  6. I also wanna go there. It’s really huge!

    December 15, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    • Amy

      It does look majestic and huge from the photos. Thank you for visiting!

      December 15, 2012 at 1:17 pm

  7. I have nominated you for Blog of the Year. Stop by to get all the details:


    December 16, 2012 at 7:13 am

  8. Great photos. I am envious you are going. We have this on our ever-growing bucket list.

    December 16, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    • Amy

      I’m so looking forward to this trip. Maybe you want to move Xi’an up… :D

      December 16, 2012 at 4:52 pm

      • I am forever jockeying around the list! :)

        December 16, 2012 at 5:22 pm

  9. Can I go with? i promise to behave. :D But I can’t promise not to make awkward jokes if that’s okay.

    December 16, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    • Amy

      You promise, really? Love your jokes and great sense of humor. :D

      December 16, 2012 at 4:55 pm

  10. Wow great photos and exciting trip to take. I always like to see photos of places that I’ve never seen before. Especially when the photos of this quality to look at. I hope to see many photos when you get back. Mele Kalikimaka

    December 17, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    • Amy

      I’m looking forward to the trip! Since I’m always fascinated with history, this will be a special one. Thank you for your comment, Mele!

      December 17, 2012 at 7:06 pm

  11. Gorgeous city! How thrilling that you will experience it in person!

    December 21, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    • Amy

      I’m exciting about the trip. Thanks, Susan!

      December 21, 2012 at 3:46 pm

  12. Wonderful photos! I have always wanted to go there.

    December 21, 2012 at 4:23 pm

  13. Gosh! Your photos are fantastic and I pray to visit there someday. TY!

    December 21, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    • Amy

      Thank you for reading it! One of the four great ancient cities…

      December 21, 2012 at 8:23 pm

  14. You will love Xian Amy.
    I am wracking my brains for an X post idea :-)

    December 28, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    • Amy

      You, Madhu, wrack your brains… Never!

      December 28, 2012 at 2:39 pm

  15. lydia Soong

    Xian is a place in China where you like to revisit again and again. The culture is so rich and the city wall is amazing and the Tomb should be overwhelmed you in a good way! Lydia

    February 10, 2013 at 5:32 am

  16. Thanks for sharing all these facts about the fabulous Xian wall. It is an amazing place to explore and I do hope you get to walk along the wall soon!

    October 10, 2013 at 4:03 am

    • Amy

      Thank you for reading! We visited Xian in May. This post was written the year before.

      October 10, 2013 at 8:16 pm

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