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Xi'an Special: Blueprint for more modernity amid the ancient city of Xi'an

By Lu Hongyan and Zhang Yuan | China Daily | Updated: 2012-05-10 18:08
Xi'an Special: Blueprint for more modernity amid the ancient city of Xi'an

The central business district of Xi'an. [Photo/China Daily]

The provincial government of Shaanxi province has laid plans to develop the capital Xi'an into an international city over the next five years, said a top local official.

"Xi'an is the cradle of Chinese civilization and one of the four great ancient capitals together with Athens, Rome and Cairo," said Sun Qingyun, member of the standing committee of Shaanxi Provincial Party Committee and Party head of the city.

"So the history and culture of the city is shared by the whole world and enjoys high reputation globally, which is the important resource for Xi'an to build on to become an international metropolis," Sun said.

To achieve the goal, the government has been transforming the model for economic growth, adjusting the industrial structure and providing better social and public services.

Last year, the city's GDP hit 380 billion yuan ($61.2 billion), up 14.9 percent from 2010.

Per capita GDP has increased from $2,300 to $6,800 over the past five years, while total revenues from taxes and fees rose from 19.6 billion yuan to 65 billion yuan over the period.

Completion of its new subway line is providing easier transport to citizens and improved the carrying capacity of the city on the whole.

In addition to economic development, the local government has also made many moves in city conservation and environmental protection.

Xi'an has been named as National Clean Model City and National Garden City for its efforts in improving air quality and urban forestation. The city recorded more than 300 days with good air quality in each of the past four years.

Last year Xi'an held the International Horticultural Exposition that showcased its eco-friendly image.

"Reviewing our work in the past five years, the biggest achievements have been economic growth, and improvements of the quality of life and environment," said Sun.

"In the next five years, our target is to build the city into a metropolis with splendid history and culture, and bring more benefits to the public," he said.

The local government also plans to emphasize the creative industry and strengthen heritage conservation by building 100 museums in the coming five years.

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