Yan'an Travel Guide

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Yan'an Travel Guide
Yan'an MapSituated in Northern Shaanxi Province on the Loess Plateau, Yan'an overlooks the middle reaches of the Yellow River, the cradle of Chinese Civilization. Called 'Yanzhou' in ancient times, it has a history stretching back about 1,400 years and it has long been the political, economic, cultural and military center of North Shaanxi. Nowadays it is a city which boasts one district and twelve counties. Holding a prominent place in Chinese military history, it is a revolutionary holy place in China. It used to be the military headquarters during the Chinese Anti-Japanese War (1937-1945) and China's War of Liberation (1945-1949) and was the location of the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party.

This checkered past means that those who are interested in Chinese modern revolutionary history and the Yan'an Spirit which was exhibited in 1942, and is still evident today, or those who want to examine the colorful folk customs and culture of the Loess Plateau, should make sure that they visit the city. The city has as many as 140 revolutionary sites, including Wangjiaping Site, Yangjialing Site, Date Garden, Pagoda Hill, Nanniwan, etc. It has also a number of historical sites such as Huangdi Mausoleum, Zhongshan Grottoes as well as natural scenic spots including Hukou Waterfalls of the Yellow River, Fenghuang Hill and Wanhua Hill. There truly is something for everyone to see.
A bird's eye view of Yan'an
A bird's eye view of the city
Hukou Waterfall, Yan'an
Hukou Waterfall
Being of a temperate continental monsoon climate, Yan'an is an ideal place for you to visit all year round especially in summer. It used to be a poor city but, in recent years, it has seen great changes including economic advancement, especially the development of some tourism-related industries and infrastructure construction. As a result, transportation in the city is convenient today. It is easily accessible by air, train or coach. As well, buses and taxies facilitate easy transportation within the city. The accommodation in the city is generally considered to be inexpensive, convenient and comfortable.

In addition, the abundant special local products, delicious local snacks, distinctive folk customs and various folk art forms of peasant painting, paper-cut, drum art, and folk songs are also appealing to visitors. You will no doubt find your trip to Yan'an very special and memorable.

 Tour Information:
Hiking Adventures: Information about hiking in Yanan for your reference
Yan'an Tour: visit Baota Hill, Yangjialing Village, the Revolutionary History Museum, Hukou Waterfall.

 Basic Facts:
Area: 36,713 square kilometer (about 14,175 square miles)
Population: 1.96 million
Area Code: 0911
Zip Code: 716000
Nationalities: Han, Hui, Uygur

 Useful Numbers
Police: 110
Fire: 119
Ambulance: 120
Municipal Government Hotline: 0911-2136000
Tourist Complaints: 0911-2122742
Tourist Inquiry: 0911-2138211, 0911-2317305
Public Bus Complaints: 0911-2497000
Taxi Complaints: 0911-2494344
Consumer Complaints: 0911-2336315

 The general condition of the financial establishments in Yan'an is satisfactory. There are many branches of the Bank of China and you can easily find ATMs in the main streets. Here is some information on the Bank of China for your reference:
Bank of China
Yan'an Branch: Beiguan Street
Tel: 0911-2319788
Dongguan Street Branch: Dongguan Street
Tel: 0911-2117412
Yan'an University Branch: Zaoyuan Road
Tel: 0911-2331036

 Post Offices
There are four main post offices in the urban area. These are at Zhongxin Street, Dongguan Street, Nanguan Street, and Beiguan Street. As well as providing the basic business and services, tourist post cards are sold at the Zhongxin Street branch.

 Hospitals
Affiliated Hospital of Medical College of Yan'an University
Address: No.250, North Zhongxin Street
People's Hospital
Address: Qili Pu

 Famous University
Yan'an University
Location: Yangjia Ling