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Changan Explained

Changan at English => English (The Britannica Concise) Of Explained:

Ancient capital of China during the Han, Sui, and Tang dynasties, near present-day Xi'an. From the mid-4th cent. it was a center of Buddhist studies. Wendi, first emperor of the Sui, expanded Changan: its outer walls were 6 mi (9.7 km) by 5 mi (8.2 km), with 14 avenues running north-south and 11 running east-west. The center of the N boundary was the site of the imperial palace; in front of it was an administrative compound 3 mi (4.5 km) square. Until the proscription of foreign religions in the 840s, Changan contained numerous Buddhist temples, along with Nestorian, Manichaean, and Zoroastrian churches and many Taoist monasteries. It was reduced to ruins in the 880s by the rebel Huang Zhao, and future dynasties established their capitals elsewhere.

Changan at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

n : a city of central China; capital of ancient Chinese empire
221-206 BC [syn: {Xian}, {Sian}, {Singan}, {Hsian}]