Xi'an, located in central-northwest China, records the great changes of the country just like a living history book.
Called Chang'an (meaning the eternal city) in ancient times, Xi'an is one of the birthplaces of the ancient Chinese civilization in the Yellow River Basin area.
As the eastern terminal of the Silk Road and the site of the famous Terracotta Warriors of the Qin Dynasty, Xi'an has won a reputation all over the world.
More than 3,000 years of history including over 1,100 years as the capital city of ancient dynasties, have endowed Xian with an amazing historical heritage. Tourists marvel at the numerous historical sites and cultural relics in and around the city.
Known as the leading city of China's Western Development Drive Program since 1990s, Xi'an is an important economic, cultural, industrial and educational center of the central-northwest region, providing visitors with modern and convenient facilities.
New terracotta warriors discovered
Tourists file past terracotta warriors at the excavation site located on the outskirts of the Chinese city of Xi'an October 14, 2009. The famous warriors date from over 2,000 years ago, and were first unearthed in 1974 and are considered to be one of the most important archaeological finds of recent times. Picture taken October 14, 2009. [Agencies]
Terracotta warriors and horses stand in rows at the excavation site located on the outskirts of the Chinese city of Xi'an October 14, 2009.[Agencies]