Xi'an Travel Guide

Xi'an Travel Guide

Terracotta Army
Terracotta Army
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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 Jan. 16, 2020 -
Questions & Answers on Xi'an Travel
Asked by Marcia from USA | Jan. 07, 2020 12:17Reply
Cruise ship arriving Shanghai 17 March from Hongkong have tour to Xi'an (arranged by cruise line)
and then flying to Beijing to rejoin ship on 22nd of march...continuing onto Dalian by ship...departing China at 5pm b cruise ship on 24 March. Will 15 day visa exemption work for this trip?
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Answered by Hazel from UNITED KINGDOM | Jan. 07, 2020 22:19

No, you are not eligible for the policy. You need to apply for the Chinese visa in advance in your country.
Asked by Anna from POLAND | Dec. 03, 2019 14:07Reply
Is there a free bus from Xi'an North to The Warriors?
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Answered by Emma from FINLAND | Dec. 03, 2019 22:55

No, based on the latest information, there is no free bus from North Railway Station to there now.
Asked by Goh from MALAYSIA | Nov. 26, 2019 00:58Reply
Is there any metro from Xi'an International Airport ?
Besides buses, any other form of transportation e.g. metro to the city center?
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Answered by Geraldine from UNITED KINGDOM | Nov. 27, 2019 23:59

Yes, you can take metro Airport Line to North Railway Station.
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.
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