XianPeople's Republic of China
Member of the LHC since 1994
Xian became the capital of Zhou around 1100 B.C. and continued for the next 2,000 years to be the capital for 11 Chinese dynasties. As the greatest achievement of the Tang Dynasty, Xian was systematically planned on the basis of a regular street grid inside the walls of a castle. Today Xian is drawing world-wide attention as a business and scientific center.