About Xi'an

Xi'an, China
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Xi’an, the eternal city, records the great changes of the Chinese nation like a living history book. Called Chang'an in ancient times, Xi’an is the birthplace of an ancient civilization in the Yellow River Basin. During Xi’an's 3,100 year development, 13 dynasties—such as the Western Zhou (11th century BC - 771 BC), Qin (221 BC - 206 BC), Western Han (206 BC - 24 AD), and Tang (618 - 907)—located their capitals in central China. Xi’an enjoys equal fame with Athens, Cairo, and Rome as one of the four major ancient civilization capitals.

Xi’an is the capital of Shaanxi province, located in the southern part of the Guanzhong Plain. With the Qinling Mountains to the south and the Weihe River to the north, it is in a favorable geographical location surrounded by water and hills. It has a semi-moist monsoon climate, and there is a clear distinction between the four seasons. Except for the colder winter, any season is relatively suitable for indoor and outdoor activities.

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