Xi’an is the capital city of Shaanxi Province and the largest designated central city in northwestern China. It has jurisdiction over 11 districts, including Xincheng, Beilin, Lianhu, Yanta, Baqiao, Weiyang, Yanliang, Lintong, Chang’an, Gaoling and Huyi, and two counties (Lantian and Zhouzhi). In addition, it is home to seven national and provincial key development zones, namely the National Xi’an Hi-tech Industries Development Zone, Economic and Technological Development Zone, Qujiang New Zone, Chanba Ecological Zone, Yanliang National Aviation Hi-tech Industrial Base, National Civil Space Industry Base and International Port Zone. It also manages a national new district, the Xixian New District. Xi’an has a total area of 10,752 square kilometres and a population of 10.2 million as of the end of 2019.

Located in the middle of the Guanzhong Plain, Xi’an is designated by the Central Government as an international metropolis and a national central city. It has earned the honorary titles of “National Sanitary City”, “National Garden City”, “Chinese City with the Best Image”, “Chinese City with the Best International Image”, “Chinese Civilised City” and “China’s Happiest City”.

In 2019, Xi’an realised a GDP of RMB932.1bn, representing a growth of seven per cent. The per capita disposable income of residents rose 8.5 per cent to RMB34,064, as the per capita disposable income of urban and rural residents increased 8.1 per cent and 9.8 per cent to RMB41,850 and RMB14,588, respectively. The public budget revenue grew 2.6 per cent to RMB70.3bn, of which the tax revenue grew 4.3 per cent to RMB58.1bn, while the general budget expense increased 8.3 per cent to RMB124.8bn.

During the same year, the total investment in fixed assets and the investment in fixed assets (excluding farmers) agriculture) of the city have both increased 1.1 per cent. The total retail sales of consumer goods increased by six per cent. The foreign direct investment has reached US$7.1bn, an increase of 11.1 per cent. Xi’an’s imports and exports value stood at RMB324.3bn, a year-on-year decrease of 1.8 per cent. The exports value registered at RMB173bn, a decrease of 11.6 per cent, while the imports value reached RMB151.3bn, an increase of 12.4 per cent. The city welcomed a total of 301.1 million tourists in 2019, an increase of 21.7 per cent from the previous year, and registered a tourism revenue of RMB314.6bn, an increase of 23.1 per cent. There were 883,100 new units from different industries registered in 2019, an increase of 62.6 per cent.