One of the oldest cities in China, Xi’an is one of the four ancient capitals of China (along with Beijing and Nanjing). China revived the interior city in the ’90s as an important cultural, economic, and educational center. Xi’an is now one of the most populous cities of China with over 8 million inhabitants growing at an 11% rate every five years.
Xi’an’s rich cultural past is recorded in more than 3,100 years of history. In addition to keeping alive it’s traditional arts, Xi’an has developed it’s own artistic style and is one the three largest cities for Chinese pop music. The city is also at the forefront of China’s developing telecommunication technology, creating China’s 3G network. The growing economy of Xi’an supports the development of a software industry, and the city is a pioneer in software industry in China.