Xi’an, the capital of Shaanxi province, is a historically very significant city in China’s central-western interior. It has, in recent times, undergone an incredibly successful transformation of its economy towards high-technology research, development and production.
The Xi’an region is one of the most important in the history of China, both as the capital of several ruling dynasties and as a market and trade center.
Beyond its agricultural riches, Xi’an was, in past times, a crucial commercial connector of China to the Western lands and to India. In historic times, silk went westward and wool, gold and silver went east.
Significant government investments, aimed at stimulating future wealth in the advanced services sectors, have been very successful in Xi’an.
At the same time, the metropolis has retained important elements of its precious historic heritage, such as the pavilion towers and the ancient wall around the city’s old urban center. In this context we should not forget Xi’an’s famed terracotta warriors, a collection of thousands of sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. The warriors were buried with the emperor in 210–209 BCE with the purpose of protecting the emperor in his afterlife.