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 Nov. 15, 2018 -
Questions & Answers on Xi\an Travel
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.
Asked by Bernardo from PORTUGAL | Oct. 04, 2018 03:32Reply
Hello, Is there any afternoon bus from XA to Wudangshan?
which bus station? Can you write the bus station in Chinese so I can show it to the taxi driver? thank you.
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Answered by Charles from USA | Oct. 10, 2018 19:43

There is only one afternoon long-distance bus departing at 01:00pm. You need to go to Sanfuwan Bus Station (三府湾汽车站) to take the bus. The ticket fare is CNY 159.
Asked by Kee Cheong from MALAYSIA | Aug. 11, 2018 14:02Reply
How is the weather up the Huashan Mountain around August 22?
We plan to take the west cable car up view Weak Peak then walk to South Peak n view then try the Plank walk.Proceed to east peak maybe if there r Dorm rooms stay overnight n watch the sunrise! Continue to Middle peak n view then walk to North Peak to take the cable car down.We r 2 couples above 62 years old.n we check from various reviews that Black Dragon Ridge is very Steep.?Do we need walking Sticks for walking total 4.5 hrs or more.?Please Advise us on this.Tq
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Answered by Bonnie from CANADA | Aug. 13, 2018 01:55

It will be a little cold at night, about 10C, and I guess walking sticks are necessary.
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