Model Cities

Xi'an

Background

Profile

As the capital of Shaanxi and a sub-provincial city, Xi'an is located in the central Guanzhong Plain, on the edge of Wei River in north, at the foot of Qinling Mountains and is the political, economic and cultural center of Shaanxi, governs 9 districts and 4 counties, have the total area of 10108km2, and possesses the urban built-up area of 369km2, permanent population of 8.4346 million and registered permanent population of 7.8167 million.

Xi'an is a well-known historic and cultural city with a long history in the world. Xi'an is one of world-famous four great ancient capitals in the world, ranks the first place among ancient capitals in China, is a capital with the longest time, the most dynasties and the largest influence in Chinese history, and is the cradle of Chinese nation, the birthplace of Chinese civilization and the representative of Chinese culture. In ancient times, "Lantian ape-man" evolved on the land; at the Neolithic Age, "Banpo ancestors" created their tribes and in the 11th century B.C., King Wen of Zhou Dynasty founded Feng Capital and Hao Capital on both banks of Feng River and from then on, Xi'an unveiled its splendid history as an imperial city for thousand years. Xi'an has the history more than 3100 years as a city and the history more than 1200 years as a capital, which successively served as the capitals of 13 dynasties, such as Zhou Dynasty, Qin Dynasty, Han Dynasty, Tang Dynasty, etc., and enjoys such a good reputation as "the Central Shaanxi Plain is always the imperial state since ancient times". Xi'an was once the Chinese political, economic and cultural center, the city earliest opened to the outside world and the starting point for the famous Silk Road. Terra Cotta Warriors of Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor, as one of "eight wonders of the world" shows the vigorous and profound historic and cultural deposits of the city. The centuries-old historic and cultural deposits endow Xi'an with the reputation as "a natural history museum". Being the second to none in China, the cultural relics and historic sites in Xi'an have the most varieties of, the largest quantity and the highest value, most of which are rare treasures only existing in China and rare in the world.

Xi'an is a city with unobstructed traffic and obvious location advantages. Xi'an is located in the center of Chinese terrestrial territory and the fringe area of Chinese central and western economic regions, and is the gateway and the transportation junction from Northwestern China to Southwestern China, Central Plains, Eastern China and Northern China. On the national regional economic layout, as the largest central city on the economic belt along Longhai Lanxin Railway- the Chinese section of New Eurasia Continental Bridge, Xi'an is the bridgehead for the State carrying out the Western Development Strategy and has a significant strategic position of linking the east and the west and connecting the south and the north. Xi'an is a significant junction for "large 十-shaped" network rail transport connecting the south and the north in China and the "米-shaped" rail transport in Shaanxi, one of the largest node cities in the national trunk highway network, one of six major Chinese aviation junctions and one of six major communication junctions, and has very outstanding features as a junction city. Along with the speedy construction of national high-speed railway network, the one-day traffic circle for Xi'an will cover more than half of China and the population covered will increase to more than 1.2 billion from 0.6 billion presently in the coming five years.


Economic Background

Xi'an is a city with developed technology and strong innovation ability. Xi'an ranks the first places in comprehensive scientific and technological strength among cities of China and possesses 49 ordinary colleges and universities, more than 3000 various scientific research and technical institutions, 661 various independent scientific research institutions including 44 the state-level critical laboratories and trade testing centers, 632200 university students, more than 417700 various professional technical personnel, over ten thousand master and doctor graduates every year, 45 academicians of Chinese Academy of Science and Chinese Academy of Engineering, and many the state-level and the world-class scientists. The population with college degree or above is 820000 in Xi'an, accounting for 10.92% of total population of Xi'an, which ranks the first place in China. The educated proportion of adults above 18 years old in Xi'an is the highest in China. Xi'an gathers over one third forces of China Spaceflight, and the engines and propellants of "Shenzhou" 5 and 6 rockets, rocket-carried computer and sensors are researched and manufactured by Xi'an. In 2009, the patent application quantity of Xi'an reached 12772 and the contribution ratio of science and technology towards economic growth reached 51%.

Xi'an is a city with rapid development and prosperous industries. In recent years, especially since the implementation of the Western Development Strategy, the development of Xi'an is faster and faster and its urban appearance changes with each passing day and its economic society enters a new phase of speed-up development and advancement. Its economic growth keeps the speed of 13% and above for successive 9 years and its comprehensive strength is obviously enhanced. In 2009, the total output value of Xi'an reached RMB272.4 billion, increasing by 14.5%. Over years' development, Xi'an has presently established a complete range of industrial systems giving priority to mechanical equipment, communication and transportation, electronic information, aviation and aerospace, biological medicine, food and beverage, and petrochemical industry, cultivated such five leading industries as high and new-technology industry, equipment manufacturing industry, tourism industry, modern service industry and culture industry, and formed such eight development platforms as High and New Technology Development Zone, Economic and Technical Development Zone, Qujiang New District, Chanba Ecological Zone, Yanliang National Aviation Hi-tech Industrial Base, Xi'an National Civil Aerospace Industrial Base, International Port Zone and Fengwei New District. Hi-tech Zone has been confirmed by the State Council as one of six development zones founding the world-class science and technology parks, Economic Development Zone makes great efforts to forge a manufacturing base worthy of RMB one hundred billion in Jingwei Industrial Park, Qujiang New District is one of two state-level cultural industry demonstration zones and Chanba Ecological Zone is preparing for 2011 World Horticultural Expo. These development zones (bases) are clusters for leading industries in Xi'an, growth poles leading economic development of the city and demonstration zones of modern urban construction.

Xi'an is a city with rapid development and prosperous industries. In recent years, especially since the implementation of the Western Development Strategy, the development of Xi'an is faster and faster and its urban appearance changes with each passing day and its economic society enters a new phase of speed-up development and advancement. Its economic growth keeps the speed of 13% and above for successive 9 years and its comprehensive strength is obviously enhanced. In 2009, the total output value of Xi'an reached RMB272.4 billion, increasing by 14.5%. Over years' development, Xi'an has presently established a complete range of industrial systems giving priority to mechanical equipment, communication and transportation, electronic information, aviation and aerospace, biological medicine, food and beverage, and petrochemical industry, cultivated such five leading industries as high and new-technology industry, equipment manufacturing industry, tourism industry, modern service industry and culture industry, and formed such eight development platforms as High and New Technology Development Zone, Economic and Technical Development Zone, Qujiang New District, Chanba Ecological Zone, Yanliang National Aviation Hi-tech Industrial Base, Xi'an National Civil Aerospace Industrial Base, International Port Zone and Fengwei New District. Hi-tech Zone has been confirmed by the State Council as one of six development zones founding the world-class science and technology parks, Economic Development Zone makes great efforts to forge a manufacturing base worthy of RMB one hundred billion in Jingwei Industrial Park, Qujiang New District is one of two state-level cultural industry demonstration zones and Chanba Ecological Zone is preparing for 2011 World Horticultural Expo. These development zones (bases) are clusters for leading industries in Xi'an, growth poles leading economic development of the city and demonstration zones of modern urban construction.


Xi'an Service Outsourcing Industry Development

Purpose

On the basis of optimization of industry development, Xi'an promotes the innovation of outsourcing enterprises, build outsourcing industrial cluster, and expand outsourcing markets both home and abroad. Xi'an actively creates the best environment for the industrial development. Efforts are made to improve the telecommunication and power generation as well as build outsourcing industrial park. By 2010, it is planed to increase the number of outsourcing employees to 300,000 with output value reaching RMB 60 billion.

By taking advantage of more sophisticated talent introduction system, Xi'an spares no effort to attract outsourcing talents both home and abroad, encouraging outsourcing enterprises to input more HR investment. Famous training centers both home and abroad are introduced into Xi'an, so as to strengthen the cooperation between the local universities and training institutions. As a result, the outsourcing talents training quality can be greatly improved, the talent structure more rational and sophisticated in terms of both quality and quantity. While maintaining the advantages of outsourcing to Japan, Xi'an tries hard to explore outsourcing business in the Europe and the US as well as expanding offshore outsourcing market, so as to fully integrated into the competition on the global outsourcing market. Also, Xi'an focuses on the domestic outsourcing market besides the international market. The rapid growth of outsourcing markets both home and abroad will greatly elevate the position of China's outsourcing industry in the world's competition. Xi'an aims to become the 1st choice for outsourcing enterprises both home and aboard through the competition on the domestic and international outsourcing markets.


Background

Xi'an Municipal People's Government actively guides the further development of outsourcing industry through policy and industrial promotion, so as to facilitate the emerging outsourcing industry to be more mature. Since 2007, the CPC Xi'an Municipal Committee and Xi'an Municipal People's Government have issued Opinions on Speeding up the Development of Software Outsourcing Industry, Opinions on Speeding Up the Development of Software Industry, and Opinions on Building Xi'an Hi-tech Zone into World First-Level Scientific Park, providing sound policy environment for the development of Xi'an outsourcing industry. Xi'an actively integrates resources, strengthen the construction of a platform, improve incubation functions, and issued a series supporting and preferential policies for outsourcing enterprises, including the basic working condition guarantee such as network telecommunication, working area allocation; systemized professional service such as HR supply and training, Including the loan subsidy, certification subsidy, fund awards needed by the enterprises, so as to further promote the industrial development of Xi'an outsourcing industry.

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