Xi’an, China (2015)
Xi`an, centrally located in the country is the ancient capital city of China with a history going back 3,000 years. This location and status of Xi’an is particularly relevant today. Xi’an was the start of the ancient Silk Road into Europe and has been named the start of the New Silk Road, which together with the Maritime Silk Road represents a significant economic and strategic agenda of the current President of China (Xi Jinping).
The city is home to a collection of internationally significant artefacts and landmarks including:
The famed “eighth miracle of the world” i.e. the Teracotta Army comprising of thousands of life-size, hand-moulded figures buried with China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang.
Xi’an’s City Wall is the best-preserved, oldest and largest ancient city defence system in China and similarly the Bell Tower of Xi’an is the largest and best preserved of wooden towers..
Hua Mountain, the highest of China’s five sacred Taoist mountains, is located 100 km away to the east of Xi’an. Xi’an is also the eastern terminus of the well-known Silk Road.
Hobart’s relatively new friendship city relationship with Xi`an was formalised in March 2015. The friendship is based on the two cities promoting mutual understanding and friendship, exploring business and economic opportunities, and people-to-people exchange in areas such as science and technology, culture, sports, health, education, research and tourism.
The Lord Mayor of Hobart visited Xi’an as part of the State Government led trade and investment delegation to China (Shanghai, Beijing and Fuzhou were also visited). Whilst in Xi’an, Lord Mayor met the Mayor of Xi’an - Dong Jun, visited Number 83 Middle School, the Xi’an Hi Tech Zone and also the North West University of Forestry and Agriculture on the outskirts of Xi’an.
The City of Hobart sent two members to Xi’an to attend the Euro-Asia Economic Forum. This was for the purpose of relationship building with the government of Xi’an, gathering knowledge at the economic forum and discussing with a number of Xi’an’s sister cities, the potential for the development of a measurement system for the qualitative and quantitative value of international relationships.
The Xi’an Foreign Language School was also visited as a means of initiating a relationship with Hutchins School.