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3 Days to Explore Yan'an, China's Iconic Revolutionary Base

Day 1 Pagoda Hill - Cool Hill - Yangjialing Village - Revolutionary Memorial Hall - Gate Garden
Yan'an is located 350 kilometers (217 miles) north of Xi'an. Chinese civilization has one of its roots here. It is believed that Yellow Emperor (Huang Di) lived here. Till now, Chinese people from around the world come to Yan'an to worship their ancestor annually (Worshiping at Yellow Emperor Mausoleum in Huangling County). Yan'an is also an important land of Chinese revolution in modern times. From 1930s' to 1940s', the Chinese revolutionists like Mao Zedong, Zhu De, and Zhou Enlai, spent 13 years based in Yan'an there fighting enemies and establishing a new China.

Transportation to Yan'an is very convenient. The bullet train D5090 leaves Xi'an North Railway Station at 08:37 and arrives at Yan'an in 2 hours and 15 minutes at CNY 95.5 for a second class seat. Another option is train K8162 leaving Xian Railway Station at 08:57 and arriving in Yan'an at 12:27, costing CNY 50.5 for a hard seat. The direct bus from Xi'an East Long-distance Bus Station (Xi'an Chengdong Coach Station) to Yan'an runs every 20 minutes from 07:20 to 17:35 at CNY 90.5. The trip lasts about 3.5 hours.

Upon arrival in Yan'an, check in at a local hotel. Here we recommend the 4-star Yan'an Hotel, which is conveniently located at No.56 Central Street, Baota District. It takes around 10 minutes from the railway station or the bus station to the hotel by taxi.

The first attraction that we recommend is Pagoda Hill (Bao Ta Shan) by bus No. 21 in 3 stops. A pagoda stands on the top of the hill, hence the name Pagoda Hill. First built in the Tang Dynasty (618 - 907) and rebuilt in the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644), the pagoda is regarded as a landmark of the city and also a symbol of the Chinese revolution. Standing on the top of the hill, you will get a bird's eye view of the entire city. The admission fee is CNY 65 from March to November and CNY41 from December to February. Additional CNY 10 for ascending the pagoda.

Take a taxi (CNY 7) or walk to Cool Hill. About 2 km away facing Pagoda Hill, Cool Hill is, famous for its Ten-Thousand Buddha Caves and the Memorial Hall for Journalism and Publication which includes the sites of Xinhua News Agency, Xinhua Broadcasting Station, and Liberation Daily from 1937 to 1947. The admission fee for the hill is CNY 45 and CNY 30 for the memorial hall.

In the afternoon, visit a series of free sites of Chinese revolution. All the sites can be reached by bus 13. Walk west toward the river bank from Cool Hill to take bus 13 on the Shengdi Road. First get off at Wangjiaping Revolutionary Memorial Hall where a large number of relics, files and photos about the Chinese revolution are exhibited. Again catch bus 13 and get off after 3 stops at Yangjialing Village which once was the headquarters of the Chinese Communist Party from 1930s to 1940s. After 8 stops the last site is the Date Garden. This was the site of the CCP Secretariat during the revolutionary period.

Return to your hotel by bus 13 to Liangyuan Hotel stop.
Yangjialing Village
Yangjialing Village
Local people in Yan'an
Local people in Yan'an
Day 2 Ganquanyucha
Approximately 80 kilometers southwest of Yan'an, there is a fantastic scenic spot created by nature, that is, Ganquan Yucha Grand Canyon. Several hundred million years ago, a strong earthquake happened in northern Shaanxi, then a loess mountain separated a big crack, which through millions of years of sand and water erosion, slowly formed such a canyon. The canyon's geology is red sandstone. Due to the different water content, absorption and refractive index of light in different seasons, the canyon shows different colors throughout the year, which is very similar to the Antelope Grand Canyon in the United States. The magical sight is attracting more and more tourists and photography enthusiasts. If you were in Yan'an, this would be a place you shouldn't miss.

You can take express bus from Yan'an to the canyon. It departs from Yan'an Bus Station at 8:00 or Yan'an South Bus Station at 8:30. The return time is around 16:00 in peak season and 14:30 in low season. The bus journey is 1.5 hours for one way, and the round-trip ticket costs about 90 yuan.

Yucha Grand Canyon has seven Valleys, only three are opened so far, which are Shuhua Valley, Mudan Valley and One Line Sky. The entrance fee is CNY98 and the scenic bus is CNY70 per person. Usually you will need 2-3 hours for the sightseeing. After that, take the same bus back to Yan'an.
Day 3 Hukou Waterfall
Hukou Waterfall is highly recommended today. It is 178 kilometers southeast of Yan'an city and can be accessed only by a single daily bus (the bus fare is CNY 80.5 for a round trip) departing at 07:40 from Yan'an South Bus Station, near the railway station. The bus journey takes about four hours with two stops on the way. Enjoy this tremendous and roaring falls. Don't get too close to the main waterfall. You still can enjoy the vast and gorgeous yellow ocean of mist-covered water from a distance. The admission fee is CNY 91 per person.

Return to Yan'an city by the same bus.

Board train K8161 departing at 16:25 and arriving in Xian at 20:32 for CNY 50.5 or bullet train 5091 departing at 18:02 and arriving at 20:17 in Xian North at CNY 95.5 for a second class seat. Alternatively, take the regular buses that run every 30 minutes from Yan'an South Bus Station.
Hukou Waterfall, Yan'an
Hukou Waterfall
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Questions & Answers
Asked by lingck from MALAYSIA | Feb. 12, 2017 00:30Reply
Are there regular buses from Fuxian to Yichuan and what are the bus schedule?
Answers (1)
Answered by Ellen | Feb. 12, 2017 18:54

As far as I know, there are many regular buses from Fuxian to Yichuan, the bus is available every half an hour and the ride takes around two hours.
Asked by SL Lau from MALAYSIA | Aug. 16, 2016 06:58Reply
Trip to Hukou and Luoyang, etc.
We will be travelling to Xi'an next month for 7 nights. How many days required to visit Hokou, Luoyang, Huashan and Lingboa from Xi'an? We do not wish to have tight schedule. As such, spending a night at Hokou, Luoyang, etc. is not a problem.

Thank you
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Answered by Carol | Aug. 16, 2016 20:30

According to my experience, one day is enough to visit Hukou Waterfall, two to three days are needed for Luoyang sightseeing including Shaolin Temple. It takes one day to visit Mt. Huashan by cable car, but if your time is ample, you can stay overnight on the mountain and spend two days there. As for Lingboa, do you mean Lingbao City in Henan province? I think 2 or 3 three days are ok for this city.
Asked by SL Lau from MALAYSIA | Aug. 12, 2016 06:48Reply
Xi'an to Hukou
We plan to start from Xi'an to visit Yan'an and Hukou by bullet train or bus whichever is more convenient and comfortable. Is it advisable to stay overnight at Yan'an first before visiting Hukou or visiting Hukou first, then spend a night at Yan'an. How many nights do you think is sufficient to visit Luoyang and Huashan. Is March an ideal time to visit these two places?
Regards. SL Lau
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Answered by Lisa | Aug. 14, 2016 21:13

It is advisable to go to Yan'an first before visiting Hukou. The bullet train from XA to Yan'an only takes around 2.5 hours. Stay overnight at Yan'an and then take bus to Hukou next morning. I think two days are enough to visit Luoyang. As for Huashan, one day is ok, but you may spend one night on the mountain if you want to see the sunrise or sunset. It is no problem to visit these two places in March, but the temperature on the mountain will be a bit low, so you are suggested to take heavy clothes.
Asked by kamthin Low from MALAYSIA | Jun. 07, 2016 22:54Reply
rush from hukou to yanan to take train to Yulin
1. do i need to purchase tourist bus ticket from xian to hukou day before?
2. what is the earliest bus leaving Hukou for Yanan
3. rush from Hukou to Yanan to get train to Yulin on same day, are there any private taxis and what is the fare?
please assist and thank you
Answers (1)
Answered by Anna | Jun. 08, 2016 02:11

You can take bus from Xi'an Fangzhicheng Bus Station to Hukou. The bus is available at 08:00, 13:20 and 14:20. You can purchase the bus tickets on the spot. The earliest bus leaving from Hukou for Yanan is at 7:30, the other two buses depart at 12:00 and 14:00. I think taking bus is the most convenient and economical way as it is not very easy to get taxi from Hukou to Yanan.
Asked by Dan from USA | Feb. 17, 2016 14:55Reply
May I Have Contacts for a Private Car In Yenan?

Regarding your Jul. 09, 2015 20:24 Answer above [Xi'an to Yan'an Hukou]...

I will visit Yanan in April, and would like to arrange a car and driver as you have described. You wrote that you "checked online" and found a range of prices. May I have the websites you used in your research?

Thank you so much!
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Answered by John | Feb. 17, 2016 19:29

Dear Dan, the information online are all Chinese and only for your reference. If you want to charter a car from Yanan to Hukou, you may find a local agency or your hotel to see if they offer such service, or you can find a local driver upon arrival.
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