Beilin District


Covering an area of 22 square kilometers and with a permanent population of 620,000, Beilin District has 8 street offices and 103 communities under its jurisdiction. The name originated from the world famous “Beilin” (Forest of Stone Tablets).

Beilin District is abundant in its long history and in its historical sites, including Xi’an Beilin Museum which is famed as “a treasure house of stone calligraphy”, the beautifully towering Small Wild Goose Pagoda of the Tang Dynasty, the biggest Taoist temple in the city “Baxian An” (Temple of Eight Immortals), the grand and spectacular Ming Dynasty city wall, Guanzhong Academy, which was one of the four most famous academies in the country, and other tourist attractions such as the unique Shuyuanmen Cultural Walkway, Defu Lane, Baoqing Temple Pagoda and Wolong Temple. The academy, temples, city wall, street and bazaar, Pailou (memorial archway) and ancient-style buildings in the district all have their specific features. With Confucian culture, Buddhist culture, Taoist culture, folk custom and the art of calligraphy adding charms to one another, Beilin has become a most promising urban district in tourism in Northwest China.   

Based on its rich history and culture, Beilin District has become the most important base for scientific research and education in Xi’an. In the district there are 17 institutes of higher learning, including Xi’an Jiaotong University and Northwestern Polytechnical University, etc., more than 130 scientific research institutes with over 30,000 all sorts of researchers, 8 national major laboratories, 630 various cultural and business operation entities, and a great number of performance troupes such as Shaanxi Provincial Song and Dance Troupe, Xi’an People’s Art Museum, and the Tang Dynasty, Xi’an, therefore it has now become a worthy district strong in science and technology, education, and culture. The development of the animation industry, in particular, and the successful establishment of the animation industrial platform of Shaanxi, the district has become one of the 6 innovation clusters for the comprehensive reform pilot work of the national service industry, as a result the animation cultural sector has become a new highlight in regional economic development. 

The long history and the geological central location have enabled the district to become not only the political, economic and cultural centers of Xi’an, but also the most prosperous business area in the city. Within its jurisdiction there are more than 110 finance institutions, and over 27,000 large and medium-sized shopping centers, chain services, specialized or wholesale markets and other business and trade entities, which make it very influential and attractive in the 5 northwestern provinces and even in the country at large. The East Street and the South Street are the busiest business streets in Xi’an, with a host of grand and luxurious commercial buildings, famous shops and time-honored stores such as Kaiyuan Shopping Mall, Zhongda International, Paris Spring Department Store, Ginwa, and Changfaxiang, etc., which add unlimited charms to the streets and become desperately appealing to the consumers. The featured pedestrian streets and business streets in the area have enabled the people to appreciate an eyeful of various commodities and to have a life experience of the charms of the modern metropolis.