chapter  7
Displaying Han–Tang culture in urban development projects in Xi’an, China
ByYANG YANG
Pages 15

Xi’an, or Chang’an as it was called in ancient times, is known as the city of ‘everlasting peace’. It was one of the most important cradles of Chinese civilization. It marked the start of the famous ‘Silk Road’ that linked China with Central Asia and the Roman Empire. And it served as the first capital of a unified China and capital of thirteen dynasties periodically from the eleventh century bc to the early tenth century ad.