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Xian rests in Shaanxi province and is one of the oldest settled parts of China. The city became world-famous when local farmers discovered remnants of the Terracotta Army when digging a well in 1974. There are thought to be over 8,000 of these life-size warriors and horses in battle formation, with each figure differing in facial features and expressions, and the Terracotta Army has become one of China’s most important attractions. Xian itself retains much of its historic character and is laid out in a grid within large city walls. Over 2000 years the city has seen the rise and fall of many Chinese dynasties, the most influential of which were the Tang. It was in the Tang dynasty from the 6th century Xian became a melting pot of courtiers, foreign traders, craftsmen, entertainers and soldiers.

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