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 Feb. 21, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Xi'an Travel
Asked by Syed from PAKISTAN | Mar. 19, 2019 05:14Reply
Xi'an - Beijing journey by air
Can I buy tickets to travel by air from Xi'an to Beijing while sitting in Pakistan?
I intend to travel around 1st of April 2019.
Can I get the tickets in my country or will I have to collect them at Beijing airport on arrival and from which place/office ?

Asked by Leong from MALAYSIA | Mar. 18, 2019 09:11Reply
Xi'an airport to city center
Arrive at Xianyang airport after midnight. Is there any airport shuttle bus service available at that time?
Answers (1)
Answered by Levi from SINGAPORE | Mar. 19, 2019 00:46

Yes, you can still take the airport shuttle bus Xishaomen Line to downtown area. The operating hours of this bus line will operate until the last flight arrival.
Asked by syed from PAKISTAN | Mar. 14, 2019 12:08Reply
Where the best shopping /mall, place for buying new born clothes and accessories in Xi'an
Kindly indicate address and name in complete Chinese.

Answers (2)
Answered by Christian from SINGAPORE | Mar. 19, 2019 00:43

You are suggested to go to 3F, Daniel Department Store (丹尼尔商城3楼), which is located at 50 meters north away from West Changying Road, Xincheng District. You can find many stores that sell new born clothes and accessories with good quality and reasonable prices. :)
Answered by Syed from PAKISTAN | Mar. 19, 2019 05:06

Thank you indeed for your guidance, Christian .Kindly also write the address " West Changying Road, Xincheng District in Chinese for my convenience. I shall be obliged.
Asked by sitt from THAILAND | Feb. 09, 2019 23:33Reply
How go to Famen Temple from Xi'an Railway Station by bus ?
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Answered by Eli from UNITED KINGDOM | Feb. 13, 2019 01:42

From the railway station, walk south to get to Wulukou first. Then take metro line 1 to Hancheng Road Station, Exit D. Walk to West Coach Station. After arriving, you can find several coaches to Famen Temple.
Asked by Kirri from AUSTRALIA | Jan. 22, 2019 00:36Reply
Hi I’m wondering how far in advance can I book a bullet train ticket from Xi'an to Beijing?
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Answered by Chance from UNITED KINGDOM | Jan. 22, 2019 19:01

You can purchase the tickets 30 days in advance.
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