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Welcome to Xian

Xian is one of the fourth ancient capitals in China, your gateway to ancient Chinese civilization.

Xian is the urban capital of the Shaanxi Province. Its picturesque location sees the Qinling Mountains to the south and the Weihe River to the north. Known as Changan in ancient times, it was an important trade center for silk.

 

As with many cities, Xian has become synonymous with its most famous attraction – the Terracotta Warriors. However, they have actually housed some 30km away from the city so if you were planning just a fleeting visit you may well miss out on the other attractions Xian has to offer.

 

The sights of the city are quite spread out so unless you are planning a stay of several days, a bus tour of the city would be the best way to ensure you don’t miss out on any of the amazing sights, the city has to offer.

 

Today Xian is a highly industrialized and economically strong center. It offers tourists culture, history, great shopping, and buzzing nightlife.  Although a 12-hour train ride from Beijing, Xian is a city that should be on your itinerary when visiting China.

Weather

Xian’s climate is variable. Its summers tend to be hot and humid while winters are normally cold and dry. Spring and autumn are the favorable seasons when Xian witnesses maximum tourist traffic.

 

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Shopping

Shopping

Xian has been taken over in recent years by a large number of shopping plazas and the Belltower has become surrounded by them. By far the largest is on the corner of Nan Dajie which is a colossal seven storeys.

 

The main items for sale in the city are cheap pirate copies of western brands. However, if you want something a bit more upmarket and exclusive you can always try the Century Ginwa Shopping Mall. For those with a slightly more limited budget, across the street is the Kai Yuan Shopping Mall which is one of the most popular with tourists and locals. Other good department stores are Minsheng Department Store, Parkson Shopping Centre and the Wenbaozhai Tour Shopping Centre.

 

An altogether more fun experience is a visit to the bazaar in the Old Muslim Quarter. Admittedly some of the ‘antiques’ aren’t particularly authentic, but if you haggle hard you can still pick up a bargain or two.

 

For great souvenirs head for a narrow alley called Xiyang Shi or Shu Yuan Men, also known as The Arts Street.

Food & Drink

  • Bell Tower Restaurant

  • De Fa Chang Restaurant

  • King Town No 1 Restaurant

  • Lăo Sūn Jiā Restaurant

  • Grand Hong Kong Abalone Shark Fin Restaurant

  • Zijinghua Seafood Restaurant

  • Guoli Renhe Restaurant

  • Wŭyī Fandian Restaurant

  • Tong Sheng Xiang Restaurant

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entertainment

Xian’s nightlife may not be the most vibrant in the world, but it does have something for everyone.

 

The main a visual treat for any visitor is the illumination of the Belltower and Drum tower creating an amazing atmosphere on the area and lighting your way to finding the perfect restaurant.

 

There are several options for your evening’s entertainment. Many people view their evening meal as the main entertainment however you could also sample the cabaret at the Tang Dynasty Restaurant (Changan Lu), the Fountain and Music Show at the Big Goose Pagoda or the Shaanxi Grand Opera House.

 

If you are looking for a livelier evening, many of the students hang out in bars along the lively East Da Jie. But of its singing and dancing that you are after go to the 1+1 Disco Bar (1km from the Bell Tower on Dong Dajie) or one of the many KTV venues in the city such as Real Love (Nan Erhuan Lu) or Xialudi KTV (4th the floor of 23 Yanta Bei Lu).

excursions

There are plenty of attractions to see and do whilst staying in Xian, however should you wish to travel further afield to see what else this area has to offer, here are a few suggestions.

 


  • Huaqing Hot Springs
  • Hua Mountain
  • Terracotta Warriors and Museum
  • Xian Qianling Mausoleum
  • Famen Monastery

Health & Safety

Medical treatment can be expensive therefore you are strongly advised to ensure you have sufficient medical insurance in place before traveling. You should always check with your GP about any recommended vaccinations before traveling.

 

The tap water is not considered safe to drink in China and you are therefore advised to drink bottled water. Crime is not considered a major problem but you should take the usual precautions when in busy areas.