Once an urban metropolis of impressive scale, Xi’an is now in the process of being upgraded to a new megacity with a modern international drive. In ancient times, Chang’an was the biggest metropolis on earth, connected to the rest of the world through the Silk Road. Having conserved the proud spirit of the past millennia, Xi’an’s citizens are now preparing themselves for a new cosmopolitanism. China’s president Xi Jinping, whose family stems from this province, is determined to make Xi’an the starting point of the „Eurasian Landbrige“. This concept, aiming for a closer interconnection between China and its distant neighbors, will enable strategically set industries to boost the economic and social development of the whole northwestern region. Read the full report.