ˇˇˇˇXiˇŻan, historically known as ChangˇŻan in the ancient China, was the seat of capital for 13 feudal dynasties of the Zhou (11th century B.C. ¨C 256 B.C.), Qin (221 B.C. ¨C 206 B.C.), Han (206 B.C. ¨C 220 A.D.), Tang (618 ¨C 907), etc. Rich historical heritages highlight XiˇŻan as an internationally renown tourist city, which attracts overseas visitors on sightseeing tours in their millions every year. The city marks the point of departure for the Silk Road in the ancient times and has Qin Shi Huang Museum of Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses -- ˇ°eighth wonder of the worldˇ±, the Big Wild Goose Pagoda constructed in the Tang Dynasty, XiˇŻan Museum of Steles where are gathered treasured calligraphic works of China, and the cultural theme park of Tang Paradisiacal Garden. XiˇŻan lies where the central and western parts of China join, with advantageous location and moderate climate.
ˇˇˇˇXiˇŻan is the provincial capital of Shaanxi Province and has a population of 6.70 million people, who acquire higher level of education on the average and communicate mostly in the universally accepted Chinese. XiˇŻan has the tradition of accepting international students. As early as in the Tang Dynasty over 1,000 years ago, XiˇŻan, the capital of the dynasty, began to take in students from Japan, Korea and other nations of Asia. In the recent years, with growing worldwide interest in acquisition of Chinese, XiˇŻan has become a major city for international students eager to learn Chinese.