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The Middle Kingdom III: West

Posted January 31st, 2011 at 02:02 PM by chas

“The Empire, long divided, must unite; long united, must divide.”
--Romance of the Three Kingdoms

We flew south and west, over the rugged interior mountains where Mao had finished the Long March. We landed in my own most anticipated destination; and it did not disappoint. Xian ‘X’ pronounced as ‘sh’) was a pivotal location of world history. This city was the capital of eleven dynasties over a period of a good 1,100. As Chang An, it was the capital of the greatly esteemed culture of one of the most beloved; the Tang Dynasty (618-906 CE), apex of Asian literature and art. It was also the start of the Silk Road, which traded with the Roman Empire and then Medieval Europe, and every nation in between. We drive past landmarks like the seven story Big Wild Goose Pagoda, and the Bell Tower overlooking the Ming Dynasty city walls. That evening, we attend an incredible show by the Chang An Music and Dance Group in the Peoples

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