Xi'an

About Xi'an
Xi'an, formerly romanized as 
Sian, is the capital of Shaanxi province, located in the northwest of China, in the center of the Guanzhong Plain. As one of the oldest cities in China, the city was known as Chang'an before the Ming dynasty. Xi'an is the oldest of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China, having held the position under several of the most important dynasties in Chinese history, including Zhou, Qin, Han, Sui, and Tang. Xi'an is the starting point of the Silk Road and home to the Terracotta Army of Emperor Qin Shi Huang.

A three-day tour to Xi'an

Day 1: Arrive in Xi'an
Morning: Flight to Xi'an
Afternoon: Visit the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda

Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, or Big Wild Goose Pagoda, is a Buddhist pagoda located in southern Xi'an. It was built in 652 during the Tang dynasty and originally had five stories. The structure was rebuilt in 704 during the reign of Empress Wu Zetian, and its exterior brick facade was renovated during the Ming dynasty. One of the pagoda's many functions was to hold sutras and figurines of the Buddha that were brought to China from India by the Buddhist translator and traveler Xuanzang.
 

Day 2: Terracotta Army and Huaqing Pool
Morning: Visit the Terracotta Army
Afternoon: Visit the Huaqing Pool

The Terracotta Army (literally: "Soldier-and-horse funerary statues") is a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. It is a form of funerary art buried with the emperor in 210–209 BCE and whose purpose was to protect the emperor in his afterlife. The figures, dating from approximately the late third century BCE, were discovered in 1974 by local farmers in Lintong District. The figures vary in height according to their roles, with the tallest being the generals. The figures include warriors, chariots and horses. Estimates from 2007 were that the three pits containing the Terracotta Army held more than 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots with 520 horses and 150 cavalry horses, the majority of which remained buried in the pits nearby Qin Shi Huang's mausoleum. Other terracotta non-military figures were found in other pits, including officials, acrobats, strongmen and musicians.

Huaqing Pool or the Huaqing Hot Springs are a complex of hot springs located in an area characterized by mild weather and scenic views at the northern foot of Mount Li, one of the three major peaks of the Qin Mountains. The Huaqing Hot Springs are located approximately 25 km east of Xi'an. It was built in 723 by Emperor Xuanzong of the Tang dynasty as part of the Huaqing Palace, using the locally-occurring geothermal heating, and is famous as the supposed scene of Xuanzong's romance with his consort Yang Guifei. Huaqing Pool is now an important tourist spot, classified as a AAAAA scenic area by the China National Tourism Administration.

 

Day 3
Morning: Visit the Mausoleum of the Yellow Emperor
Afternoon: Return

The Mausoleum of the Yellow Emperor is the burial site of the legendary Yellow Emperor (Huangdi) of China. It is located in Huangling County, Yan'an City, Shaanxi Province, China. According to legend, the Yellow Emperor attained immortality and rose to Heaven, leaving behind only his clothing and cap to be entombed. The mausoleum is located on Qiao Mountain, north of Yan'an proper. In 1961, the Chinese State Council proclaimed it as the first National State-Protected Great Cultural Site, with the identifier "Ancient Tomb #1" and the moniker "The First Tomb Under Heaven". The mausoleum was anciently called "Qiao Tomb", and was an important location where generations of emperors and famous people made offerings to the Yellow Emperor.

 
What to eat in Xi'an

Pita Bread Soaked in Lamb Soup (Yangrou Paomo)

Sheep Blood Soaked in Vermicelli Soup (Fen Tang Yang Xie)

Pork Sandwiched Between Pita Bread (Rou Jia Mo)

Cold Noodles

Qishan Noodles
 
 
What to expect in Xi’an: Chinese shadow play
Shadow play, which is also known as shadow puppetry, is an ancient form of storytelling and entertainment which uses flat articulated figures (shadow puppets) to create cut-out figures which are held between a source of light and a translucent screen or scrim. The cut-out shapes of the puppets sometimes include translucent color or other types of detailing. Various effects can be achieved by moving both the puppets and the light source. A talented puppeteer can make the figures appear to walk, dance, fight, nod and laugh.
Important Dates

Opening of MedInfo2017 Registrations

Sep. 1, 2016
Opening of Online Submission System
Oct. 1, 2016

Deadline for Full Paper, Student Paper, Vision Paper and Poster Submissions
Dec. 23, 2016

Deadline for Panel, Tutorial and Workshop Submissions
Jan. 5, 2017

Notification of Acceptance
Mar. 16, 2017

Deadline for Final Version of Submissions
Apr. 13, 2017

MedInfo2017
Aug. 21 - 25, 2017








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