Best known today as the site of the amazing archaeological treasure of the Terracotta Army of the First Emperor of China, Xi'an was the ancient capital of China for four dynasties -- some 1,100 years. The outstanding discoveries in and around the city tell the tale of China's development from prehistoric times to the height of the imperial period. Xi'an, or Chang'an as it was formerly known, is also the eastern starting point of the fabled Silk Road.
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Kevin Bishop left England in 1983, after nine years in business management, to fulfil an ambition. He spent the next three years travelling through Africa, where he developed his keen interest in photography. Later, after employment in such diverse occupations as taxi driver and restaurant manager, he turned his attention to Asia. He has traveled extensively in China, and now resides in Hong Kong. He is the author of China's Imperial Way (Odyssey, 1997).Review:
...Best guidebook ... -- Mail on Sunday [London]
These handsome, well-edited books from a Hong Kong-based publisher cover places few other guidebooks go.... The writers are particularly well-chosen....Odyssey fans tend to be adventurous travelers with a literary bent. If you're lucky enough to find an Odyssey Guide to where you're going, grab it. -- National Geographic Traveler, February 2000
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