Xi’an Travel Guide

Home / City Guide / Shaanxi /
Xi'an Travel Guide

Xi'an Travel Guide

Xi'an, located in central-northwest China, records the great changes of the country just like a living history book. Called Chang'an (meaning the eternal city) in ancient times, it is one of the birthplaces of the ancient Chinese civilization in the Yellow River Basin area. As the eastern terminal of the Silk Road and the site of the famous Terracotta Warriors of the Qin Dynasty, the city has won a reputation all over the world. More than 3,000 years of history including over 1,100 years as the capital city of ancient dynasties, have endowed the city with an amazing historical heritage. Travelers marvel at the numerous historical sites and cultural relics in the city.
 Read more about History.

Known as the leading city of China's Western Development Drive Program since 1990s, Xi'an is an important economic, cultural, industrial and educational center of the central-northwest region, providing visitors with modern and convenient facilities.
 Read more about  Xi'an FactsWhere is Xi’an China

Travel Planning

Xi'an is one of the most important and convenient transportation hubs in central and western China. Frequent flights, trains and buses connect the city with other major cities all around the country. The urban transportation of the city has been somewhat frustrating in recent years because of the metro construction. Now metro line 1, line 2, line 3, line 4, line 5, line 6, line 9, line 14 and Airport Line are in operation. Several other lines are also under construction or in the planning process. For now the buses and taxis can take you to get around the city.
-

Yang Rou Pao Mo in Xi''''an
Praised as 'the capital of table delicacies', Xi'an has been rich in delicious local snacks such as the must-try Crumbled Flatbread in Mutton Stew (Yangrou Paomo), Cold Noodles (Liang Pi) and Shaanxi Sandwich (Rou Jia Mo), travelers can also find delicate Guangdong dishes, popular Sichuan food and various kinds of fashionable foreign delicacies.

Shopping at Xi''''an Shuyuanmen
Curio and craftwork is a feature of shopping in this city and of course an attraction for visitors. The Ancient Cultural Street of Shuyuanmen and Antique Market are recommended for buying souvenirs such as the Tang tri-colored glazed pottery, replicas of Terracotta warriors, as well as folk handicrafts of paper-cut and shadow puppet. Also there are many modern shopping outlets, including big shopping centers, department stores and supermarkets in and around the city - the biggest and most comprehensive being Kai Yuan Shopping Mall and Century Ginwa Shopping Mall.

Xi''''an Nightlife
The night life in this ancient city has a unique glamour. Travelers can enjoy the night scenery around the Bell Tower, stroll around the ancient Giant Wild Goose Pagoda and view the music and light fountain performance on the north square under the pagoda, as well as watch a Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show or a show of the local Shaanxi Opera (Qin Qiang). For the party-loving owls, more modern and fashionable hangouts are available, including the various karaoke bars, discos and nightclubs. 

 9 Best Night Markets

You May Like

- Last updated on Feb. 28, 2024 by Brenda Lian -
Questions & Answers on Xi'an Travel
Asked by pam from PHILIPPINES | Jan. 28, 2024 15:06Reply
Nanshaomen Xi’an Hotel where is this?
Hi i tried to google one of the stops of the airport shuttle - Nanshaomen Xi’an Hotel. But there was no result for this hotel. May I know if there is another name for this hotel or where is this exactly located?
Answers (1)
Answered by Kelly | Jan. 29, 2024 17:01
00Reply


I'm afraid you haven't offer the complete name of the hotel. Nanshaomen is one of the city gates of Xi'an. There are a lot of hotels around the gate but I can't find the hotel you mentioned on Chinese websites, either. Please recheck your hotel name.
Asked by Australian visitor from AUSTRALIA | Dec. 04, 2023 19:57Reply
Tickets for Xi'an attractions
Hi,
I have booked tickets for the Qin Shih Huang Museum from your site and wondering if I could also book tickets for the Mogao Caves, Maijishan Grottoes, Longmen Grottoes and Mingsha Mountain through your company?



Thankyou.
Answers (1)
Answered by David | Dec. 06, 2023 01:17
00Reply


I'm so sorry but TravelChinaGuide cannot offer ticket booking service of the above attractions at present.
Asked by Glenda from AUSTRIA | Nov. 01, 2023 10:47Reply
We are over 65
We are over 70 and it says that over 65s don't have to pay. Do we still have to reserve tickets.
Answers (4)
Answered by Gina | Nov. 01, 2023 20:47
00Reply


You mean pay for what? Please be more specific about it.
Answered by Glenda | Nov. 02, 2023 22:29
00Reply


Entry tickets for the Forbidden City if you are over 70
Answered by Glenda | Nov. 02, 2023 22:32
00Reply


The entry to Forbidden City or Terracotta Warriors. It mentions tourists over 70 don't have to pay, but l presume this to be Chinese tourists only.
Answered by Jenny | Nov. 02, 2023 23:16
00Reply


Generally, seniors over 60 can enjoy half-price ticket of the Forbidden City and those over 65 can enter freely to the Terracotta Warriors. Foreign tourists can also enjoy the policy in the Forbidden Cty but it is not available in the Terracotta Army.
Asked by Glenda from AUSTRIA | Nov. 01, 2023 09:09Reply
Can l buy bus card online
Free bus from Xi'an North requires bus card. Do you have to queue long to get this. Perhaps we can buy it a day before.
Answers (1)
Answered by Molly | Nov. 01, 2023 20:27
00Reply


I‘m not clear what kind of free bus you mentioned. Generally, you can also pay cash for buses.
Asked by Ed from CHINA | Oct. 04, 2023 19:21Reply
Is there any high-speed train from Tongcheng in Anqing to Xi'an?
Answers (1)
Answered by Linda | Oct. 06, 2023 20:34
00Reply


There is no direct train available between Tongcheng and Xi'an. However, one high speed train departs from Anqing West Station to Xi'an at 16:03 daily. It takes about 7 hours and costs CNY 632 for a second class seat.
Ask a Question
Question Summary (100 characters)
Details (optional) (2,000 characters)
NameCountryEmail