Xi’an, which was called Chang’an in ancient times, is the capital city of Shaanxi Province. It is located in the middle of the Guanzhong Plain. As one of the top seven regional central cities of China, Xi’an is also a center of innovation, knowledge and technology in Asia and functions as the manufacturing base of large aircraft in China.
As a new, energetic and special zone in the interior of China, the city is also the financial and transport center for middle and western China as well as the northern inland. Xi’an has become the pilot special zone for the coordination and sharing of national scientific and technical resources at the core of the Guanzhong-Tianshui economic zone. In the Development Program of the Guanzhong-Tianshui Economic Zone promulgated by the central government, Xi’an has been specified as the third “international metropolis” of China following Beijing and Shanghai.