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Click on the links below for a preview of some of

the animation sequences.


Mingde Gate (3.2MB)

Hanyuan Hall (3.5MB)

Market place (3.0MB)

Yongning Ward (6.1MB)


Requires Quicktime Player.   

Download it here

Best viewed in IE 5.0 or later.


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Chang'an was the capital of Tang period China (618- 907 CE). At its peak, it had a population of about one million. Measuring 9.7 by 8.6 kilometres, the plan of this large city inspired the planning of many other capital cities in East Asia including Heijo-kyo and Heian-kyo in Japan in the  8th century. Join us as we take a walk through this majestic city.

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Enter the city through the portals of  the majestic Mingde Gate located in the southern city wall... March down the imperial Zhuque Avenue , with its width equivalent to a modern 45-lane highway. Visit the Buddha Hall to pray for divine protection. Seek audience with Emperor Gaozong at the Hanyuan Hall in the Daming Palace. Catch a glimpse of the interior of courtyard houses located in the various residential wards. 

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The Chang'an multimedia programme permits you to travel through the defunct Chinese city that has been digitally reconstructed, through years of extensive research, using advance CAD systems. The interactive programme allows you to visit numerous locations within the historical city and to explore ancient Chinese architecture. The reconstruction, based largely on literary documents, archaeological reports and various other sources, is one of the most accurate attempts to have been carried out to date.

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Containing no less than 14 different animation sequences, the programme, totalling about 60 minutes, will surely provide for an unforgettable learning experience! Each tour is accompanied by explanatory descriptions and music interpreted from the 'Dunhuang Ancient Music', a hand-written book of melodies from the Tang Dynasty.


Each part of the tour is informed by succinct text providing reconstructed accounts of life within the walls of the Chinese city. A built-in-quick-access glossary provides explanations for various terms found within the text.

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Watch as the reconstructed Hanyuan Hall is digitally modelled on a picture of the archaeological site.

The interface is extremely user-friendly and provides many functions including pause and play during animation sequences and a choice to start over or return to the main menu from any point within the programme. The voice-over can also be de-activated at the simple touch of a button. In each fly-through sequence, there are also key-plans showing the direction of view.

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From the main menu, users can choose to visit no less than 13 unique locations within the historic city. These include official buildings such as the Linde and Hanyuan Halls, religious complexes, residential wards, architectural landmarks and commercial markets among others. Each part of the tour consists of an introductory description of the location followed by slides, digital images and a guided 'walk through'. The embedded animation sequences allow users to experience visually the spatial and formal matrix of the ancient city.