Xi’an, China (2015)
Xi`an, in central china is the ancient capital city of China with a history going back 3,000 years. 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”, the Terracotta Warriors comprising of thousands of life-size, hand-moulded figures buried with China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang.
Terracotta Warriors - J Arpon
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.
Photos of Xi'an City Wall - Chensiyuan
Hua Mountain, the highest of China’s five sacred Taoist mountains, is located 100 km away to the east of Xi’an.
Hua Mountain - Chensiyuan
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, Hobart’s Lord Mayor met Mayor Dong Jun and visited Xi’an Hi Tech Zone, Number 83 Middle School and the North West University of Forestry and Agriculture on the outskirts of Xi’an.
Xi'an Hi-Tech Zone - Xi'an Hi-Tech Industries Development Zone
The City of Hobart sent two representatives 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. Hutchins School has since signed an MOU with the Foreign Language School and students have enjoyed a home stay experience in Xi’an.