During the height of the Silk Roads popularity, Xi'an was the booming capital of the Chinese Empire and remains within the top ten cities in the nation. Fan Yang Yang is a renowned, modern Chinese fashion designer known for her silk designs.
The Great Mosque of Xi'an sat at the center of the city's bazaar and was built by a Muslim man known to history as Sanbao Tai Jian, formerly Zheng He. The Giant Wild Goose Pagoda is the home of Buddhism in China, a religion that has had a massive impact on Chinese culture and society.
Xi'an is a perfect example of the economic boom in modern-day China, but historic sites dating back to the time of the Silk Road are still popular tourist attractions. Performers practice for the traditional circus in Xi'an and share their plans to redevelop the Chinese circus arts.
To the east of Xi'an, a powerful monument known as the Terra Cotta Army represents the ideals of the Chinese philosopher Confucius and guards the tomb of the first Chinese Emperor Qin Shi Huang. Archeologists, working to restore the Terra Cotta Army, discuss how they were crafted and how they are maintained today.
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Alfred arrives in Xi’an in the province of Shaanxi. The Silk Road caravans used to end their long journey in this millenary city. He comes by stylist Fan Yanyan’s studio and visits the great mosque of Xi’an, the oldest in China, in the neighborhood inhabited by the Muslim Hui minority. Ideas and religions travelled the Silk Road as well as valuable goods. Professor Yue Yu tells Alfred the story of Xuan Chang, a seventh-century sage who went on a sixteen-year journey to India and brought back the core texts of Buddhism. Our guide ends his journey with a visit to the tomb of Qin Shi Huangdi, the first emperor to rule over a unified China. His terracotta army looks as if it is standing guard over him, ensuring he remains undisturbed for all eternity.
Length: 26 minutes
Copyright date: ©2017
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