Exploring ancient Shaanxi
TEXT & PHOTOS Rafelle Marie Allego
Few Chinese provinces are as beautiful as Shaanxi, which lies in the north of the country. Its ancient capital, Xi’an, is home to the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor, which was constructed between 246 and 208 BC and contains thousands of the famous clay soldiers known as the Terracotta Army. There’s also the Shaanxi History Museum, which is one of China’s first huge state museums with modern facilities. The team at Macao Magazine visited both fascinating destinations on a trip to the province between 18 and 23 April. We joined a Portuguese and English press delegation from Macao which was headed by the director of the Publicity and Culture Department of the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the Macao SAR, Wan Sucheng.
During the six-day trip, the media delegation explored Shaanxi’s tourist destinations and two cities. Xi’an is one of the oldest cities in China and it also marks the start of the Silk Road. Yan’an holds historical significance as the bastion of Chinese communists from the 1930s to 1949. All in all, it was an interesting trip and we’ve chosen to share some of the photos taken by our team at the Shaanxi History Museum and the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor with our readers. Enjoy exploring these historical gems with us… Exploring ancient Shaanxi Text and images Rafelle Marie Allego ZOOM EQ Roy 82 83 Macao Magazine 64 May 2021 Zoom A replica of a horse-drawn chariot on display at the Shaanxi History Museum. This particular model, which would have been in action during the Qin Dynasty between 221 and 206 BC, has a heavy box carriage with an oval-shaped canopy. The real chariot was excavated in 1980 at the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor.