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 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 May. 23, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Xi'an Travel
Asked by megawati from INDONESIA | May. 23, 2019 23:27Reply
Xi'an airport to hotel Sofitel Xi'an on Ren Min
1.shuttle bus from Xi'an airport to Hotel Sofitel Xi'an on Ren Min ?
2. How to go to Mt Huashan from Xi'an by train
Asked by KW from MALAYSIA | Apr. 29, 2019 01:44Reply
Is Xi'an Public Transportation Card accepted by Tourist Bus Line 5 No 306 to Terracotta Army?
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Answered by Taylor from ARGENTINA | Apr. 29, 2019 20:25

No, they don't accept the transportation card and only cash is available.
Asked by ZDENKA | Apr. 17, 2019 04:00Reply
How to get to the Qianling Mausoleum from Xi'an bus station (13 Fengqing Rd)
Or by bus from the Railway station? Some other suggestions welcome.

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Answered by Lily from USA | Apr. 17, 2019 20:32

You can take a bus from West Bus Station to Qianxian County. The bus operates from 7:00 to 19:00 with an interval about 15 minutes and the tickets fare is around CNY25. Then take bus line 2 to the mausoleum.
Asked by vivian from SINGAPORE | Apr. 16, 2019 00:45Reply
What is the zip code of below address in Xi'an?
Haigui Building, First Gaoxin Ave, China
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Answered by Hilda from DENMARK | Apr. 17, 2019 18:24

It is 710075.
Asked by Larry C from AUSTRALIA | Apr. 12, 2019 05:49Reply
We are catching a flight from Xi'an Airport T3 at 06.00 on a Saturday.
Is there a Metro or Bus service that operates 24 hours as we will need to be at the airport by no later than 04.30. Our hotel is close to The Bell Tower. Thanks
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Answered by Amelia from CANADA | Apr. 15, 2019 23:07

No, I am afraid not. At that time, you need to take a taxi from your hotel to the airport directly.
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