Xi'an Travel Tips

Travel with reliable tour agencies.

There are a lot of self-employed guides, illegal travel agencies and low-priced tours in Xi’an. They take tourists to a lot of souvenir stores, leaving shorter time for sightseeing. Also, their travel itineraries are not arranged professionally and visitors cannot fully enjoy themselves. 
 

Terracotta Army
Terracotta Army

Must-go Attractions in Xi’an

Xi’an boasts a lot of historic relics, such as Terra Cotta Army, City Wall, Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, Bell Tower and Drum Tower. Except Terracotta Army, which is 40 km (25 mi) northeast of downtown, almost all the sites can be reached by metro.
 

Be Aware of Fake Bus Tourism No.5 (306) to Terracotta Army

The fake one takes visitors to a lot of souvenir stores and overcharges. Remember that the real one is parking on the east square of Xi’an Railway Station and there is usually a line of visitors getting onboard one after another; and its conductors don’t leave the bus to cry out for passengers.
 

It’s not easy to hail a taxi.

The driver can reject passengers sometimes, especially during peak hours from 07:00-09:00 and 17:00-19:00 on work days.
 

Where to stay

The hotels near Bell Tower, the very city center are your first choice, because of the convenient transportation, abundant dining choices, colorful night life, and various shopping malls and souvenir stores. Other recommended areas include Giant Big Wild Goose Pagoda for amazing night scenery and night life and metro line neighborhood for convenient transportation.
 

Places to Eat Local Snacks: Muslim Quarter and Yong Xing Fan

You can enjoy Crumbled Flatbread in Mutton Stew (Yangrou Paomo), Rou Jia Mo and Liangpi and Biang Biang Noodles here. Plus, respect Muslim customs in Muslim Quarter.
  

Solo Travelers in Xi'an72-Hour Visa-Free Transit is implemented in Xi’an

Passport holders of 51 countries and regions can enjoy a visa-free stay up to 72 hours when taking an international transfer via Xi’an Xianyang International Airport. Read details about 72-Hour Visa-Free Transit.
 

Is western toilet or squat toilet used in Xi’an?

The vast majority of public toilets here are squat toilets, like in shopping malls, scenic spots, railway stations and airport; but usually one or two western toilets can be found in a large wash room. Remember to bring some toilet paper with you; not all public toilets provide it. The toilets in hotels mainly are western toilets.
 

Is Xi’an safe?

It is safe here. However, as a popular tourist city, more and more domestic and foreign tourists come here and some scenic spots and transportation hubs are crowded. If you come with children, be sure to look after your children to prevent them going lost. Besides, please take care of your phone and wallets in case of being stolen.
 

Free WiFi is widely available.

You can find it in your hotel room, most restaurants, cafés, shopping malls and even attraction sites.
 

Hospital in Xi'an
Hospital in Xi'an

Which hospital to go if I feel sick?

 Shaanxi Provincial People’s Hospital
Address: No. 256, West Youyi Road
Tel: (029) 85251331

 The Second Affiliated Hospital of Xi’an Jiaotong University

Address: No. 157, Xi Wu Road
Tel: 029-87679000, 029-87679323

 Xi’an Children’s Hospital
Address: No.69, Xijuyuan lane, Xinmen
Tel: 029-87311818
 

Post office you may need

 Bell Tower Post Office
Address: Northeast corner of Bell Tower Square

 Xiao Zhai Branch
Address: No.3, West Xiao Zhai Road
 

Bank of China in Xi’an: Offer Money Exchange Service
 Bell Tower Branch

Address: No. 29, South Street, Beilin District

 Drum Tower Branch
Address: No. 133, South Guangji Street, Beilin District

 
 Giant Wild Goose Pagoda Branch
Address: No. 1, Middle Section of Yanta Road, Beilin District
 

Emergency Numbers:

Fire: 119
Traffic: 122
Ambulance: 120
Police: 110
 

Useful Numbers:

Zip code Inquiry: 11185
Taxi Complain: 96716
Mayor’s Hotline: 87295170
Tourists Complain: 12301
Shaanxi Tourists Complain: 118114
Consumption Complain: 12315
Telephone Number Inquiry: 114
Public Buses Complain: 16801315
China Mobile Customer Hotline: 10086
China Unicom Customer Hotline: 10010
China Telecom Customer Hotline: 10000


 Recommended Tour Itineraries:
Heritages of Ancient City: 2 Days Luxury Tour in the city
Historical Xi'an: 3 Days Luxury Visit of the city
Golden Triangle: 8 Days visit extended to Beijing and Shanghai
 More Xi'an Tours

- Last modified on Dec. 10, 2018 -
Questions & Answers on Xian Travel Tips
Asked by Winston from MYANMAR | Dec. 10, 2018 04:12Reply
What's the best time of the year to visit Xián?
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Answered by Abbott from SINGAPORE | Dec. 10, 2018 23:44
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The best time to visit is from March to May or September and October.
Asked by virg from BELGIUM | Oct. 22, 2018 19:30Reply
where can i go to ski in xian province?
is it far from the city? do you know the price for ski pass entry?
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Answered by Vida from USA | Oct. 23, 2018 18:27
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White Deer Plain Ski Resort is recommended to you, which is near the city and the ticket price for ski pass entry is about CNY20 - 40 for adult.And the charter hire may be about CNY200 - 300. And skiing for one hour costs about CNY50. The price is changeable and you can pay more attention to its official website and this ski resort will be opened in Mid December.
Asked by Saif aldeen from TURKEY | Aug. 23, 2016 15:58Reply
I will study in Xi'an Jiaotong University but I don't want to live in the university.
So I am searching for an independent accommodations so how can I find a good apartment or studio to rent it before travelling to China?

Thank you
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Answered by Kevin from DENMARK | Aug. 25, 2016 02:37
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Well, what's your budget of the accommodation? Maybe you can go to Landisicheng Community. As I know, there are several apartments that can rent out. The price is CNY 1500-2000 per month. The surrounding transportation is convenient. And it is just about one mile away from the university (Xingqing Campus). Hope you like. :)
Asked by Penny McClintic from USA | Aug. 05, 2016 14:11Reply
What is the zip code for International Building, No.18 Tiyuguan Road,Xi'an, China?
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Answered by Kevin from FRANCE | Aug. 05, 2016 22:10
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It is 710054.
Asked by Prasanta Datta from INDIA | Jul. 31, 2015 11:43Reply
Climate of Xian in October
Hi, My wife and I shall visit some places in China including that city in the last week of October. Should we carry heavy winter garments? We live in Kolkata having tropical climate.
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Answered by Vanessa from FINLAND | Jul. 31, 2015 21:00
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According to the previous weather statistics, the temperature may be 50 F to 80 F. It's the time that starts to turn cold, but not that cold yet. So you don't need to carry heavy winter clothes. Only jackets and T-shirts are enough. Or probably an extra sweater.
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