Xian Travel Blog

Here you will explore the many aspects of Chinese culture, from incredible food to local life style, from fascinating streets to intriguing people…

The Jokhang Temple and the Drepung Monastery

The temple is located in the very center of the old city. Founded more than I 300 years ago, to Jokhang Temple, or Dazhousi as it is known in Chinese, is a mixture of Tibetan, Indian, Nepalese Chinese architecture. Only the great hall and the first two stories remain of the original temple, addition...

The Jokhang Temple and the Drepung Monastery

How to Get to Lanzhou

There are regular flights out of Beijing(fastest flight two hours); other flights service Lanzhou from Xining 1 hour 40 minutes, Yinchuan 1 hour 15 minutes, Xian 1 hour 20 minutes, Taiyuan 2.5 hours, Baotou via Yinchuan 3 hours 20 minutes, Urumqi 2 hour 25 minute, Zhengzhou 2 hours 10 minutes, cheng...

How to Get to Lanzhou

Hangzhou in Zhejiang Province

Hangzhou continued to prosper under the Mongols, and traders flocked to the area. When the Yuan fell the town continued to flourish under the Ming and travelers continued to record Hangzhou’s great size, enormous population and scenic beauty of its surroundings, the majesty of its buildings, and the...

Hangzhou in Zhejiang Province

Li River Cruise

One of the finest excursion on your tour of China will be the boat trip from Guilin along the River Li. Tour boats depart at 7:30am(or 8:30am. Depending on the reason) from the Yangti Jetty near the Jiefang(Liberation) Bridge adjacent to Elephant Hill, or Xiangbishan, long used as the symbol of Guil...

Li River Cruise

What Marco Polo Says about Hangzhou

Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang Province, lies close to the mouth of the Qian Tang River at the western extremity of the huge estuary of the Gulf of Hangzhou. Two thousand years ago there was nothing there but a sandbar built up by the silt carried downstream by the river. It collected between two...

What Marco Polo Says about Hangzhou

Parks in Shanghai

In every city there is usually a comer where you can feel the pulse of city life and detect the spirit of the place. In Shanghai you do this in Huangpu Park. It is a long, slender park that curves aim the lower reaches of the Suzhou Creek and then turns south as it follows […]...

Parks in Shanghai

Three Ceremonial Palaces

After you pass through the gate you will enter an even larger court- yard, and in the distance before you, resting g on a three-tiered terrace each surrounded by a white marble balustrade, is the Hall of Supreme Harmony (3), or Tai He Dian A: you walk towards it, note the three flights of stairs [&h...

Three Ceremonial Palaces

Tomb of Emperor Yong Le(Chang Ling)

Yong Le was the first Ming emperor to be buried in the sacred area (1424). His remains along with those of his wife lie within the huge unexcavated tumulus. “Chang” was the burial name of Yong Le. Entry to the sacred area is through three huge doorways set into a vast gate which is part […]...

Tomb of Emperor Yong Le(Chang Ling)

China’s population

Everyone knows that China is the most populous nation on earth, yet no one had a precise estimate until the results of China’s massive 1992 census were released. The official figure for the population now stands at 1, 031,882,551, including the populations of Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao. Half the po...

China’s population

China Countryside Life

Under the new incentive System laid down for agriculture, forestry; animal husbandry fish raising, and side-line production, the family is likely to work under a contract between the household and the nearby state commerce department. The “all-around contract with the household” lays down bow much l...

China Countryside Life

Ethnic group of China

The largest ethnic group in China is of Han Chinese origin, representing 93.3 percent of  entire population. The name comes from the Han Dynasty which ruled China from 206 B.C. to A.D. 220. The Hun Chinese lived originally in the Grit Yellow Plain area and in the mountain and plateau land surroundin...

Ethnic group of China

Xian Chess-The Unique Chinese Entertainment

Now it is time to talk about the art of Chinese chess in the Xian city. Xi’an Chinese chess is always more valued and popular than before. As northerners love gold and southerners like jewelry, Chinese chess fits the character of the people from Xi’an fir its straight forwardness, intense conflict a...

Xian Chess-The Unique Chinese Entertainment

Xian Restaurant Review

If you enter De Fu Xiang from Fen Xiang, you will see a long Magic Kingdom-esque street stretched out before you. This is the Bar Street, a popular hangout for foreigners and locals alike. As you proceed down this legendary libation lane, you will begin to notice that all of the bars seem to closely...

Xian Restaurant Review

China Peasant life

Peasant life in China has changed dramatically. After decades of poverty, China’s peasants have begun to experience a better life, as they respond eagerly to the production incentives and marketing opportunities that have accompanied the dismantling of the commune system and the elimination of manda...

China Peasant life

Tomb Sweeping Day

April 4th is the Chinese Tomb Sweeping Day of 2016. And people will free from work for ancestor worship on that day. Usually the Tomb Sweeping Day falls on April 4th, 5th, or 6th each year. Together with the weekend before or after the Tomb Sweeping Day, Chinese people could have a 3 days Tomb [&hel...

Tomb Sweeping Day

Direct Flight of Xian-San Francisco Opened from May 1st

Flight is the most important long distance transportation, especially for international transfer. Id past, American tourists traveling to Xian had to change flight in other China cities. For example Beijing or Shanghai. That caused to the remarkable increase in tour cost and stopped quite a few tour...

Direct Flight of Xian-San Francisco Opened from May 1st

Bailuyuan Folk Culture Village Opened in May

In May 2016, Xian City opened a new folk culture village for free to Xian citizens and tourists, Bailuyuan Folk Culture Village. The village locates nearby Lantian County. It likes Yuanjiacun Village to some extent. But the geographical locates endows that village with more pleasant natural environm...

Bailuyuan Folk Culture Village Opened in May

Hancheng Ancient City

It sames ancient city tour is increasingly popular among domestic and international tourists. Ancient cities in Shanghai and Suzhou is loved by almost all tourists. To the tourists to Xian, Terracotta Warriors and Horses is the top attractions, the second top attractions may be Mt Huashan. Actually ...

Hancheng Ancient City

Tang Dynasty Style Welcome Ceremony at South Gate of Xi’an City Wall Available Since April 1st

Xian is one of the cities of the longest history as the capital city of a country. The rich tangible and intangible heritage left by influential feudal dynasties like the Zhou, the Qin, the Han and the Tang help Xi’an presents attraction of Eastern World. Since April 1st, the grand Welcome Ceremony ...

Tang Dynasty Style Welcome Ceremony at South Gate of Xi’an City Wall Available Since April 1st