Cultural event helps revitalize ancient city of Xi'an
CGTN
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The ongoing tourism cultural event, "Year of Xi'an," has revitalized the ancient city in northwest China's Shaanxi Province. The two-month-long event will run until March 6. 

For many experts, the event of "Year of Xi'an" is not only a cultural and marketing strategy, but also an opportunity to change the traditional image of Xi'an in the minds of the outside world. 

The cultural event of "Year of Xi'an". /VCG Photo

The cultural event of "Year of Xi'an". /VCG Photo

"For an ancient city, it has been presenting new vitality during reforms, while opening itself to the world. I think that is a key path for the development of Xi'an," said Zhang Yiwu, a professor of Department of Chinese Language and Literature with Peking University. 

From fashion to food, the "Year of Xi'an" is showcasing what makes the city special. The Lantern Festival last week was marked with a series of activities, including a citywide light show.

Xi'an City is lit up by the festive lanterns. /VCG Photo

Xi'an City is lit up by the festive lanterns. /VCG Photo

The city of Xi'an is trying to put itself on the map for visitors to China. As one of the cradles of Chinese civilization and the Chinese nation, Xi'an was once the capital for 13 dynasties in Chinese history, and is home of the world-renowned Terra-cotta Army.