Definitions for xianˈʃiˈɑn

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or Xi'•an ; or Si•an

  1. the capital of Shaanxi province, in central China: a capital of China under the Han and T'ang dynasties. 2,760,000.

    Category: Pinyin, Geography (places)

    Ref: Formerly, Changan.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Xian, Sian, Singan, Changan, Hsian(noun)

    a city of central China; capital of ancient Chinese empire 221-206 BC


  1. Xian(ProperNoun)

    a city in central China and the capital of Shaanxi province.

  2. Origin: From Χ, the first letter of Greek Χριστος (Christos, meaning Christ).


  1. Xi'an

    Xi'an, formerly romanized as Sian, 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 one of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China, having held the position under several of the most important dynasties in Chinese history, including Zhou, Qin, Han, Sui, and Tang. Xi'an is the starting point of the Silk Road and home to the Terracotta Army of Emperor Qin Shi Huang. Since the 1990s, as part of the economic revival of interior China especially for the central and northwest regions, the city of Xi'an has re-emerged as an important cultural, industrial and educational centre of the central-northwest region, with facilities for research and development, national security and China's space exploration program. Xi'an currently holds sub-provincial status, administerring 9 districts and 4 counties. According to the 2010 Census, nine urbanized districts of Xi'an has a population of 6,501,189, while the total population of the Municipality is up to 8,467,837.


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