Xi’an – Bell Tower

Bizarrely located on a roundabout in the centre of the old part of the city, the Bell Tower traditionally sounded the start of the day in ancient Chinese walled cities. These cities have both Drum and Bell towers located right down their central axis, originally responsible for ensuring citizens knew the times of curfew. Unfortunately … Continue reading Xi’an – Bell Tower

Xi’an – Drum Tower

While it seems a little done up for the tourists, this Ming Dynasty Drum Tower was originally built in 1380. Over the centuries it has of course been extensively restored, but still maintains its historic architectural features. Traditionally, every Chinese walled city had a drum and bell tower. These helped to keen citizens aware of the time … Continue reading Xi’an – Drum Tower

Xi’an – Jingdi Tomb (HanYangLing Mausoleum)

Similar to the famous terracotta warriors, the Jingdi Tomb holds the remains of Emperor Jingdi as well as a range of artefacts buried with him. However, the clay figures tend to be much smaller and portray scenes of common life in China - rather than the larger than life warriors buried with Qin ShiHuang. This … Continue reading Xi’an – Jingdi Tomb (HanYangLing Mausoleum)

Xi’an – Terracotta Army

One of the most famous sights in China, the Terracotta Army in Xi'an consists of thousands of terracotta figures which are over 2000 years old! They were buried to guard the tomb of the first emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang Di, who is praised as the first emperor to truly unite the whole of … Continue reading Xi’an – Terracotta Army