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For 1,062 years beginning in the 11th century B.C., Xi'an was the capital of 13 dynasties including the Western Zhou, Qin, Western Han, Eastern Han, Sui, and Tang. The continuous dynastic occupation kept the city beautiful and magnificent.


The Terracotta army at Xi an in China

(The Terracotta army at Xi'an)


The city is packed with palaces and temples. More then two hundred and seventy were built during its heyday, such as the "Three Han Palaces" in the Han dynasty, namely Changle, Weiyang, Jianzhang Palaces, and numerous other palaces and watch towers.


The most well known among these is the Tomb of Emperor Qin Shihuang, with the Terracotta Warriors and Horses. Xi'an is also the starting point of the ancient Silk Road.


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