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Remark: This article describes the location Xi'an that appears in Tomb Raider II. For information about the level that takes place there, see Temple of Xian and for information about the artefact, see Dagger of Xian.

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Country China
Games Tomb Raider II

Xi'an was once the capital of China. It lasted 13 dynasties. In Tomb Raider II Lara visits the Temple of Xian.

Tomb Raider II

Main article: China Section

As Lara has found the Talion in Tibet, she returns to China and opens a door to the Temple of Xian, where the Dagger of Xian is.




Xi'an (Chinese: 西安) is the capital of the Shaanxi province in the People's republic of China and a sub-provincial city. [1] As one of the oldest cities in Chinese history, Xi'an is one of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China because it has been the capital (under various names) of some of the most important dynasties in Chinese history, including the Zhou, Qin, Han, the Sui, and Tang dynasties. Xi'an is also renowned for being the eastern terminus of the Silk Road and for the location of the Terracotta Army, made during the Qin Dynasty. The city has more than 3,100 years of history; it was known as Chang'an (traditional Chinese: 長安; simplified Chinese: 长安; pinyin: Cháng'ān; literally "Perpetual Peace") before the Ming Dynasty. [2]

Miscellaneous facts

  • Both the Great Wall of China (featured in Tomb Raider II) and the Terracotta Army were built on the order of Qin Shi Huang, who became the first emperor of a united China in 211BC.
  • The video game Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb (2003) portrays Indiana Jones entering the tomb of Qin Shi Huang (situated somewhere near Xi'an) to recover "The Heart of the Dragon".
  • The 2008 film "The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor" [3], the emperor in question - "Emperor Han" - is a malevolent shape-shifter, whilst some of the action takes in the Himalayas, plot elements which resemble some of the plot elements of Tomb Raider II.




  1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xi'an Retrieved on 25th Sep 2009
  2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xi'an Retrieved on 25th Sep 2009
  3. The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor page on Internet Movie Database Retrieved on 25th Sep 2009