Yan'an Travel Guide
Chinese Name: 延安 (yán ān)
Area: 37,037 square kilometers (14,300 square miles)
Location: in the north of Shaanxi Province, northwest China
Administrative Division: 2 districts (Baota, Ansai); 10 counties (Huangling, Huanglong. Yichuan, Luochuan, Fuxian, Yanchang, Ganquan, Yanchuan, Wuqi); 1 county-level city (Zichang)
Area Code: 0911
Zip Code: 716000
GDP (2019): CNY 166.389 billion (USD 24.118 billion)
Chinese Revolutionary Holy Land
Situated in northern Shaanxi Province on the Loess Plateau, Yan'an overlooks the middle reaches of the Yellow River, the cradle of Chinese Civilization. Yan’an is a well-known Chinese revolutionary holy land as it once was a command center of the China’s Communist Party. Chairman Mao and other revolutionaries lived here and led the Sino-Japanese War and the Chinese Civil War. Here you can understand the history of modern China and the Communist Party of China. Besides various revolutionary sites, it features the largest waterfall on the Yellow River, Hukou Waterfall. Yan’an also presents wonderful folk arts such as the bold Yan'an waist drum, high-pitched Northern Shaanxi folk songs, exquisite folk paper-cutting, and cheerful Yangko, showing Yan’an people’s positive and optimistic life interest.
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.
Best Side Trips from Yan'an: Information about side trips around Yan'an for your reference
Yan'an Tour: visit Baota Hill, Yangjialing Village, the Revolutionary History Museum, Hukou Waterfall.
Yanan Nanniwan Airport, about 13 kilometers (about 8 miles) from downtown Yan’an, has opened domestic flights to/from Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hangzhou, Chengdu, Xi’an, Chongqing, Nanjing, Shenyang, Dalian, Wenzhou, Xiamen, Changsha, Tianjin… There are three airport shuttle bus at the airport, by which you can get to Petroleum Community, Zaoyuan Hotel, New District Yikang Garden Hotel.
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.
Being of a temperate continental monsoon climate, Yan'an is an ideal place for you to visit all year round especially in summer.
Yan'an Travel Tips
History: 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.
Local Highlights: 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 accommodation in the city is generally considered to be inexpensive, convenient and comfortable.
Local Products: 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.
Bank of China
Yan'an Branch: Beiguan Street
Dongguan Street Branch: Dongguan Street
Yan'an University Branch: Zaoyuan Road
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.
Affiliated Hospital of Medical College of Yan'an University
Address: No.250, North Zhongxin Street
Address: Qili Pu
Location: Yangjia Ling
Dining Shopping & Nightlife
Where can we see some peasant paintings? Thank you, Meghan
You are suggested to go to Longhua Garden Hotel. Warm service and good living environment will make you feel comfortable. The price is about CNY 240 to 350 per night. This hotel is located at Longhua Road, West Valley, Baota District (nearby Cultural Valley).
As for the tour guide, I'm afraid it's difficult to find one speaking English. Maybe you can ask help from the hotel staff upon arrival. Or you can find someone in the Community of this website. There maybe some people that can provide help. :-)