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Issue #027, April 27, 2014—X is for Xi'an
April 28, 2014
Dear VIP (Very Important Adventuress)

X is for Xi'an

Xi’an is the city in China where the Terra Cotta Warriors were found.

The Qin Dynasty Terra-cotta Warriors are part of a larger story, the story of China’s first emperor, Emperor QinShihuang.

He unified China, established a centralized state and put an end to the former feudal system. He standardized weights and measures, as well as monetary, legal and writing systems. He also connected individual protective walls into the Great Wall of China.

What a guy!

Chinese history records that as soon as an emperor ascended the throne, he began the construction of his tomb.

Emperor QinShihuang went beyond that; he created a subterranean palace with a protective outer wall with watchtowers and gates leading in four directions.

And, of course, a life-size army of thousands, arranged in battle formation and armed with spears, halberds, cross-bows, swords and Pi—a bayonet-like weapon—to guard the palace.

Emperor QinShihuang’s craftsmen and slave labor took several decades to build everything, but all his plans were never completed.

To read the rest of the story and see photos, CLICK HERE

Tomorrow’s AtoZ Challenge: For the letter Y, I’m going to tell you about my experience teaching an English class on a Yangtze River cruise.

—Carolyn V. Hamilton, Editor and Chief Adventuress

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