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 Nov. 12, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Xi'an Travel
Asked by Lisa from SWEDEN | Oct. 31, 2019 16:50Reply
Where can I buy a bonsai tree in Xi’an?
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Answered by Phil from USA | Nov. 04, 2019 01:18

You can go to Zhuque Flower Market, which is located at No.52, South Guangda Road.
Asked by Jenny from REPUBLIC OF KOREA | Oct. 20, 2019 07:18Reply
using 72-hours (TWOV). Can I visit 兵马俑博物馆 and 泰始皇陵?
On my way from Singapore to Korea, I am going to tour 西安 using 72-hours (TWOV). Can I visit 兵马俑博物馆 and 泰始皇陵?
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Answered by Danny from AUSTRALIA | Oct. 22, 2019 19:31

Sure, why not? Remember you need to book the ticket in advance.
Asked by Joanne from USA | Oct. 14, 2019 13:10Reply
Taxi from Xi'an Grand Noble Hotel (City Centre) to XIY Airport
I will be staying at the Grand Noble Hotel in the City Centre and need transportation on a Sunday morning for flight departing at 12:10PM noon. How do I secure/hail a taxi for this trip? and estimated cost? Thank you for your guidance.
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Answered by Cheyenne from UKRAINE | Oct. 14, 2019 23:53

You can ask the hotel staff to book a taxi for you in advance. Or you can just wait on the street and get a taxi. Generally speaking, it won't be difficult. It costs CNY 120 to CNY 130 in the day time.
Asked by Julay from FIJI | Oct. 08, 2019 15:09Reply
Hello, does anyone know of a Mosque close to Sheraton Xi'an North? Thank you.
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Answered by Akili from NETHERLANDS | Oct. 10, 2019 01:50

The nearest one is located at No.37, Xicang Dongxiang, Lianhu District. It is around 3km away from the hotel.
Asked by Lee from NETHERLANDS | Oct. 03, 2019 05:26Reply
Are there any (modern) art supplies store in Xi'an?
The only ones I can find have traditional art supplies.
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Answered by Kim from USA | Oct. 11, 2019 18:14

Maybe you can go to IKEA, which is located in southeast of Sanqiao bridge, Weiyang District.
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