The Qujiang Cultural Zone consists of a core area and its periphery, with a planned area of 51.5 square kilometers. The core area is located in the southeastern part of Xi'an, encompassing four national foremost-protected cultural heritage sites (Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, Temple of Azure Dragon, Mausoleum of the Xuandi Emperor of the Han Dynasty, and the Remains of Chang'an City Wall dated to the Tang Dynasty), one national 5A (top-level) scenic area (Tang Paradise), and one national 4A (second to the top-level) scenic area (Qujiang Polar Ocean Park). They are ideal pillars on which the area could develop its cultural industry.
Taking advantage of the ample cultural and tourist resources, the administration committee of the Qujiang New Zone has successively commissioned six heritage site parks, six cultural institutions and theme plazas. Basically free of general admission, the six heritage site parks are the Great Temple of Benevolence and Kindness, the Tang Dynasty City Wall, the Tang Dynasty Hibiscus Garden, the Pond of the Quajing River, the Cold Cave by the Qujiang River, and the Mausoleum of the Second Emperor of the Qin Dynasty. The public garden occupies more than 2.2 square kilometers. The six cultural institutions range from a cinema, theatre and concert hall to museums of fine art, literature, and folk art.
Night scene of the Pond of the Quajing River [Photo/qjxq.xa.gov.cn]
The zone features such cultural-themed plazas as the North Plaza of the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, the Culture Plaza of the Zhenguan Reign, the Culture Plaza of the Buddhist Monk Xuanzang, the Harmony Plaza, and the Plaza of Harmonization. A regional cultural infrastructure system has been mapped out. Today’s Qujiang Cultural Zone is an optimal venue for cultural recreation and consumption. The approach of combining cultural industry projects with urban development has turned out to be a profitable investment with huge returns, and has laid a solid foundation for the development of the cultural industry.