Map of medieval Chang'an (China) in the medieval era (the peak of the Tang Dynasty, around 750 AD):
Chang'an was by far the largest city in the world at the time, boasting between 1 and 2 million residents. This was probably twice as large as any other city in the world at the time. This map also illustrates some of the religious diversity in China at the time, as the Tang were quite open to the rest of the world relative to other Chinese dynasties.
While jostling with what seemed like all of the billion-plus people of China in the tight halls of the 2014 Beijing auto show, we came across this gloriously preserved early jeep. Except this jeep ain’t from Toledo—and it isn’t an uppercase-J Jeep. Instead, it’s from a Chinese company called Changan that claims this is China’s […]
To get a handle on how large the Tang Dynasty Chang'an was:
The large city is Tang dynasty Chang'an–present day Xi'an–from about 800 AD. The small orange city is a map of Paris in 1200 AD–400 years later. I tried making them to scale, but may be a bit off. For those who have been to Xi'an, the present day walls are only slightly larger than the palace walls (the area in darker grey). Although they do believe that some of the more outlying wards in Chang'an were essentially rural.