Shaanxi (Postal map spelling: Shensi) is a province in the central part of Mainland China, and it includes portions of the Loess Plateau on the middle reaches of the Yellow River in addition to the Qinling Mountains across the southern part of this province. Shaanxi is the historical home, along with Gansu of the dialect of the Dungans, Hui people who emigrated out of China to Central Asia.
Shaanxi is considered one of the cradles of Chinese civilization. Thirteen feudal dynasties established their capitals in the province during a span of more than 1,100 years, from the Zhou Dynasty to the Tang Dynasty.
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Xi'an is the capital of the Shaanxi province. As one of the oldest cities in China, with more than 3,100 years of history, the city is one of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China. Xi'an is the eastern terminus of the Silk Road and home to the Terracotta Army.
Seven styles of architecture dominate urban Xi'an, the first three include the architecture of Qin and Han dynasties, the architecture of Tang Dynasty and the architecture of Ming and Qing dynasties.
Yulin is a garrison town on the Great Wall of China in the time of the Ming dynasty, in the far North of the province, with a common border with Inner Mongolia, at the North Northwest of Yulin is the Ordos Desert, though the countryside is very green due to the many small shrubs which have been planted to slow the process of desertification. The city of Yulin is based in a valley which extends north-south, which rises to a very large vantage point to the north east, where a spectacular view of the West and North West is seen.