Xuzhou Travel Guide

Xuzhou Travel Guide

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Xuzhou Facts

Chinese Name: 徐州  (xú zhōu)
Population: 8,825,600
Area: 11,258 square kilometers (4,347 square miles)
Location: in the northwest of Jiangsu Province, east China
Administrative Division: 5 districts (Yunlong, Gulou, Quanshan, Tongshan, Jiawang); 2 county-level cities (Xinyi, Pizhou); 3 counties (Fengxian, Peixian, Juning)
Area Code: 0516
Zip Code: 221000 - 221700
GDP (2019): CNY 715.14 billion (USD 103.66 billion)

The Second Largest Chinese Railway Hub with Han Terracotta Warriors

Located in the northwest of Jiangsu Province, Xuzhou is the largest city of northern Jiangsu as well as the most ancient city of the province. It acts as the second largest railway hub in China as it is located in the border area of Jiangsu, Shandong, Henan and Anhui provinces. China’s two main railways Beijing-Shanghai Railway and Lanzhou-Lianyungang Railway just meet here.

Thousands of years' history has blessed the city with a profound culture, especially when it was the second political center of the Han Dynasty (260-220). Now, the city is the center of the Huaihai economic development zone and also one of the nation's most important agricultural product bases. No visitors to Xuzhou can fail to be affected by the grand tombs, terracotta warriors and stone sculptures of the Han Dynasty. Together with other scenic sites and beautiful natural attentions, the city captured visitors by its own unique charm. 

The first emperor of the Han Dynasty Gaozu was born in Xuzhou and the culture of that splendid period of China's history was rooted in Xuzhou, leaving the city countless historic treasures. The most symbolic are the 'Handai San Jue' (the three most important items to come from the Han Dynasty) including the Han tombs, the terracotta warriors and the stone sculptures. These ancient cultural relics, together with the beautiful natural mountains and lakes in and around the city, form a large picture of Xuzhou attractions.

Xuzhou Museum of Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses of Han Dynasty
Xuzhou Museum of Terra-cotta 
Warriors and Horses of Han Dynasty
Guishan Han Tomb, Xuzhou

Guishan Han Tomb

Additionally, the city has many special villages. A particular Chinese Martial Art, called Wushu in Pinyin, originated in Peixian County, where many people practice martial arts and have developed individual skills. There are also the 'Chinese Folk Custom and Culture Village'- Mazhuang Village in Jiawang District, and the 'Chinese Chess Village'-Qijia Village in Pixian County, which will impress you with very special folk customs.


Huaihai Campaign Museum, Xuzhou
Huaihai Campaign Museum
Three-color Glazed Pottery Horse, Xuzhou Museum
Three-color Glazed Pottery Horse
Transportation in the area is extremely convenient. From Xuzhou Guanyin Airport you can go to most of the big cities of China as well as other cities abroad like New York, Sydney, etc. Being the joining place of southern and northern China, the city is the second largest railway hinge of the nation, which certainly makes your travel easier from any part of China. Additionally, the highways in the city extend in all directions with great facility of communication and metros are under construction. So transportation is absolutely not a problem if you decide to go there.


Pengzu, the god of longevity in Chinese history who has profound knowledge of eating and keeping healthy, once lived in Xuzhou about 4,000 thousand years ago, leaving the city its eating cultures and customs. In addition, many other famous people in Chinese history also left their beautiful stories there. As a result, nearly every traditional dish has an amusing legend, which gives you an opportunity to enjoy the delicious food and interesting stories at the same time.
 Xuzhou has many local specialties. Children's paintings, peasants' painting, paper-cuttings and straw-plaited articles are all interesting to buy as souvenirs. You can find these specialties and nearly all the necessities you want in many of the stores or malls, especially on East Huaihai Road and South Zhongshan Road.
 Xuzhou is also a modern city. Hotels and hostels with different standards in the city will undoubtedly satisfy your accommodation requirements and the colorful recreation venues will be above your expectations. Putting this city onto your travel itinerary is sure to bring you marvelous experiences.

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- Last updated on Jul. 13, 2022 -
Questions & Answers on Xuzhou Travel
Asked by Dennis from CANADA | Dec. 05, 2019 03:12Reply
where is the bus station for a bus from Xuzhou to Suqian?
Answers (2)
Answered by Rita from AUSTRALIA | Dec. 08, 2019 23:14

You can take bus from South Coach station, which is located at No.13, Yingbin Avenue, Quanshan District.
Answered by bd4qxr from CHINA | Jan. 02, 2020 02:39

Xuzhou South Passenger Station, in Xuzhou's Xincheng District, you can also choose to take the high-speed rail, which is cheaper than a bus and can be reached in 20 minutes
Asked by Phill from UK | Sep. 27, 2019 11:57Reply
Hi there - can you tell me the best way to travel from Nanjing Airport to Xuzhou?
I hear there may be a bus from Nanjing airport but I cannot find any more information and I do not read Chinese. Thank you
Answers (2)
Answered by Amanda from USA | Sep. 29, 2019 19:33

You can take shuttle bus line 2 to Nanjing South railway station with CNY20, then take high speed train from there to Xuzhou East railway station.
Answered by Phil from UK | Sep. 30, 2019 05:49

Thank you very much. I really appreciate your help!
Asked by PABLOMADRID | Jul. 30, 2019 12:02Reply
Villages around Xuzhou
Hi! I really hope you can help me. There is very few available information online about what to see in the outskirts of Xuzhou, but I would really like to visit some places.
From what I have read there are some interesting villages in the outskirts:
• Pinyin to check out the Chinese form of martial arts called Wushu;
• MeiZhuang village had several places of culture and folk custom
• Qijia village: discover the Chinese form of chess in
• Peixian + Ji village 1, Ji village 2, Liu Village 1

This is the only information I have. I cannot find any of these villages on a map, nor see them on pictures or read anything else than what I have already said. Could you please give me more information about these villages and how to get there?

Thank you a lot.
Answers (2)
Answered by Norma from USA | Aug. 04, 2019 23:10

These are small and remote village. If you want to go to these places, it is suggested to hire a car to go.
Answered by PABLOMADRID | Aug. 05, 2019 02:37

Hello Norma! Thank you for your answer.
Unluckily I cannot rent a car since I am a foreigner and I do not have a Chinese drive license. There is no way to go by public transportation? I am even thinking about going by taxi if it does not turn to be too expensive, but for that I would need to know where they are located and how is their names in Chinese (to show the driver).
Thank you again!
Asked by Mary Schubert from USA | Mar. 19, 2019 14:45Reply
How long is the train ride from Xuzhou City to Shanghai?
Answers (1)
Answered by Rosina from CANADA | Mar. 19, 2019 18:15

It costs about 3 -3.5 hours if taking high speed trains, while takes about 6 - 11 hours if taking normal speed trains.
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