Xi’an is the capital of Shaanxi province, located in the northwest of the People’s Republic of China, in the center of the Guanzhong Plain. One of the oldest cities in China, the city was known as Chang’an before the Ming dynasty.
Xi’an is the starting point of the Silk Road and home to the Terracotta Army of Emperor Qin Shi Huang.
Xi’an currently holds sub-provincial status, administering 9 districts and 4 counties.
According to a July 2012 report by the Economist Intelligence Unit, it was recently named as one of the 13 emerging megacities, or megalopolises, in China.
Xi’an has a temperate climate that is influenced by the East Asian monsoon, classified under the Köppen climate classification as situated on the borderline between a semi-arid climate (BSk) and humid subtropical climate (Cwa). The Wei River valley is characterised by hot, humid summers, cold, dry winters, and dry springs and autumns.
Xi’an Xianyang International Airport
Xi’an Xianyang International Airport is the main airport serving Xi’an, capital of China’s Shaanxi Province. Covering an area of 5 square kilometres (1.9 sq mi), it is the largest airport in China’s northwest.
The airport is located within the administrative area of Xianyang city, which gives the airport its name. It is 41 kilometres (25 mi) northwest of Xi’an city centre, and 13 kilometres (8.1 mi) northeast of the centre of Xianyang.
Airport’s capacity is more than 33 million passengers a year.