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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Xi'an Bus Tour to Terracotta Amy Museum
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 Jan. 22, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Xi'an Travel
Asked by ShaPo from MALAYSIA | Jan. 17, 2019 23:17Reply
hi i will go Xi An from 8 ~ 15 May 2019, what is the weather (in celcius) in day & night time? tq
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Answered by Lavelle from CANADA | Jan. 22, 2019 01:06

According to the previous statistics, the temperature may range from 20C to 30C. It will be warm and comfortable. You are advised to bring jackets, long-sleeved shirts, jeans and sneakers. :)
Asked by Ken from THAILAND | Jan. 12, 2019 02:01Reply
Buses from Xi'an Airport to City Center (Bell Tower)
I and my family will arrive the city on 18 January 2019 and I am not sure what bus number I can take to get to city center (bell tower) from xianyang airport? If I take taxi, how much it would cost? Would one taxi fit 6 of my family?
I heard the airport link train is scheduled to be open in December 2018. I am not sure whether the train will already be in service the day I arrive?
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Answered by Jackson from UNITED KINGDOM | Jan. 14, 2019 23:42

Take airport shuttle bus Bell Tower Line and get off at Bell Tower Hotel. If you take the taxi, it may cost CNY110 to 120. You need to two taxis to fit 6 people and luggage. The metro airport line is scheduled to operate in end 2019 based on the latest news.
Asked by Yasir from PAKISTAN | Jan. 10, 2019 23:43Reply
What is the recommended weather for visit to Xi’an?
I am residing in Wuhan and have vacations ahead. Am planning to visit Xi'an. Is it a good time to visit the city during Spring Festival or it may be too crowded during that time.
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Answered by Taylor from DENMARK | Jan. 14, 2019 23:39

The temperature may range from -10C to 5C.
Well, to be honest, it may be too crowded during the Spring Festival Holiday. Thus you are suggested to avoid public holidays. :)
Asked by Dewayani from INFONESIA | Dec. 05, 2018 16:16Reply
Hi l'm from Indonesia. Where can l find the artificial flowers market in Xi'an china?
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Answered by Tab from CANADA | Dec. 05, 2018 18:19

Yanjin Road Flowers Market is recommended to you and its location is No.8 Ziwu Avenue, Yanta District.
Asked by Aqilah from MALAYSIA | Nov. 15, 2018 04:37Reply
What's the best way to go from airport to Xi'an train station to Zhengzhou at midnight?
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Answered by Charles from UNITED KINGDOM | Nov. 15, 2018 18:09

There is an airport shuttle bus available to the railway station until 02:00. The travel time by bus is about 70 minutes.

if you cannot catch the bus, you are advised to take a taxi directly, taking about CNY130 - 160 at night.
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