Four UNESCO World Heritage sites you may never have even heard of
By Jack Stacey
18 April 2018
There's nothing which quite imbues us with existentialist wonder as an ancient monument from a lost civilisation.Read more
The 'city of long-lasting peace', Xi'an is an ancient city and the starting point of the world-famous Silk Road. Xi'an has over 3,000 years of history and is one of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China, serving as capital for 73 emperors across 13 dynasties. It is regarded as the founding city of Chinese civilisation. The city has approximately 12km of city walls. The ancient walls were built 600 years ago and are an excellent way to navigate around the city.
Among the most popular of Xi'an's attractions is the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor, better known as the Terracotta Warriors. The Xiaoyan Pagoda ("Small Wild Goose Pagoda") is a beautiful pagoda built to hold holy Buddhist scriptures carried to China. The Dayan Pagoda (Giant Wild Goose Pagoda) is taller than the Xiaoyan Pagoda, but with fewer floors. It was built to hold figurines of Buddhism brought to China.
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Beginning and ending in London, we travel just under 23,000 miles across the globe on this incredible worldwide adventure. Starting in the iconic 'Big Apple', we chart a course across the heartland of America, to the West Coast. From there, we cross the Pacific into Asia and immerse ourselves in the rich legacies of China, before boarding the iconic Tsar's Gold Train for the journey across Russia. For the final leg of the journey, we head into central Europe, south through the imperial cities to Venice, boarding the luxurious Simplon-Orient- Express for the journey home.
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