Beijing and Xi'an
China's Great Capitals

edited by the staff of China Pictorial

An engrossing photographic tour of two of China's historic capital cities

(see also: China's Splendors)

Beijing, the current capital of China, served as capital city for five imperial dynasties. During that time, various emperors ordered the construction of palaces, temples, mausoleums, and sculptured gardens--leaving an impressive cultural legacy. There are the Imperial Palace, the Summer Palace, the Temple of Heaven, the Forbidden City, and Tiananmen Gate, to name just a few. The surrounding areas include Lesser Three Gorges, the Ming Tombs, some of the most scenic stretches of the Great Wall, and other charming scenic and historical sites. And as today's capital, Beijing has contiued to witness its share of spectacle, including the tremendous "National Day" celebration whose fireworks lit up the night sky over 500,000 people in Tiananmen Square in October of 1999.

Xi'an was the capital of China for over 1,000 years, and hosted some of the most powerful dynasties in Chinese history. At the eastern end of the famous Silk Road, it was also a center of international trade and cultural exchange as early as the first or second century B.C. Nestled among majestic mountains in the Yellow River valley, Xi'an is now home to a wealth of archaeological treasures. The most impressive of these is the famous army of life-sized terra-cotta warriors, some 8,000 strong, in the mausoleum of Qin Shi Huang--and there is also the Forest of Steles, the Banpo neolithic village, and many others.

Beijing and Xi'an takes the reader on a tour of these two historic capitals, with fifty-five full-page photos in vivid color, accompanied by engaging and informative texts discussing the history, significance, and interesting details associated with each of these visual treasures.

10 7/8 x 12 1/2 in., 120 pages
ISBN: 0-88363-159-8
$25.00 U.S.

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