Xi'an Travel Guide

Cycling on Xi'an City Wall
Cycling on the Ancient City Wall
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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.
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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.
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Tickets & Activities

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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 and line 3 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.

Practical tips and suggestions are offered in this part for visitors' better experience in this city. You may be interested in the following topics:

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- Last modified on Sep. 11, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Xi'an Travel
Asked by Hiew Yat Wah from MALAYSIA | Sep. 19, 2019 20:31Reply
Best place to stay (while in Xi'an) whereby near tourist attraction
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Answered by Cherry from UKRAINE | Sep. 19, 2019 22:59

Bell Tower Area, Xiaozhao Area and Yongningmen Area are recommended places. The surrounding transportation is quite convenient. Have a nice trip!
Asked by Tunya from THAILAND | Sep. 19, 2019 02:03Reply
How to travel from Xi'an Xianyang airport to high speed train station at 5:00 am ?
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Answered by Charlotte from USA | Sep. 19, 2019 22:57

There is no public transportation at that time. Thus you are suggested to take a taxi to the North Railway Station directly. Generally speaking, it costs CNY120 to CNY130.
Asked by Heather Haslett from UNITED KINGDOM | Sep. 08, 2019 12:32Reply
How can I get from Xi'an Bell Tower to Cuihua Mountain by bus?
Will Huanshan Tourist Bus No 2 be running in October 2019?
How long is the journey from Giant Wild Goose Pagoda to Cuihua Mountain?
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Answered by Danny from UNITED KINGDOM | Sep. 09, 2019 22:32

1. Take metro line 2 to Weiqunan station (Exit B), and take bus 729 to FanYi University station, then take bus 905 to Cuihua mountain station. It takes around 2 hours with CNY7.
2. Yes, of course.
3. Around 3 hours .
Asked by Gin from HONG KONG | Sep. 08, 2019 06:32Reply
How long and how much does it take by taxi from the to the Sofitel grand people hotel and how much ?
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Answered by Jennifer from USA | Sep. 09, 2019 19:04

Where do you start off? If you leave from the airport, then it takes around 1.5 hours with CNY100.
Asked by zipora viner from ISRAEL | Sep. 02, 2019 02:41Reply
We visit Xi'an in 22/4/2020 and from Xi'an we continue to Píngyáoi city?
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Answered by Betty from FINLAND | Sep. 03, 2019 23:50

Don't worry. You can take the high speed train from North Railway Station to Pingyao Ancient Town directly. The train schedules are from 07:41 to 18:50. The duration is around 3 hours. The ticket fare of 1st Class Seat is CNY240 and 2nd Class Seat is CNY150.
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