Xi’an is the capital of Shaanxi province and an important cultural, industrial and educational center in China’s interior. With a population of over 6.5 million, Xi’an is the largest and most industrialized city in Western China. With over 60 institutions of higher education, Xi’an boasts a well-educated workforce.
Xi’an is the oldest of China’s four great ancient capitals and former home to the ruling houses of the Zhou, Qin, Han and Tang dynasties. It is also home to the famed Bingmayong (the Terracotta Army), thousands of life-size, hand-molded figures buried with China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang. As a result, tourism and the service industry are significant components of the economy.
Modern Xi’an is a thriving metropolis with the largest industrial sector in Shaanxi, a benefit derived from the government’s decision to make it the center of the aviation industry. This focus resulted in heavy investment in infrastructure, higher education and hi-tech, which built a solid foundation for the modern industrialized city Xi’an is today. Leading industries are equipment manufacturing, agricultural products processing, automobile and airplane manufacturing.
As the starting point for the Silk Road, Xi’an stands to benefit from the Belt and Road Initiative that will stimulate trade across an expansive route over 60 countries.