one of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China
Xi'an is the capital of Shaanxi Province, one of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China (Beijing, Nanjing, Luoyang) as it was the capital of 13 dynasties, including the Zhou, Qin, Han, Sui and Tang. The city has more than 3,100 years of history and was called Chang'an in ancient times. Xi'an is an important cultural, industrial and educational center of the central-northwest region, with facilities for research and development, national security and China's space exploration program.

Xi'an is famous for the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor and Terracotta Warrior of the Qin Dynasty, for being the eastern terminus of the Silk Road and for the historical event Xi'an Incident in 1936.

The cuisine of Xi'an is the representative of food in northwestern China. The best-known is its snack, which consists of traditional food of the Han Chinese and Hui ethnic minority. The most famous dishes are Xi'an Dumplings Banquet and Pancakes and Mutton Soup, a historical dish of Song Dynasty. Xi'an is an important place for Buddhism and Taoism with over 100 Buddhist temples and 27 Daoguan (Taoist temple).
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