Xian Nightlife: Top Things to Do in Xi’an at Night 2022/2023

Boasting the most brilliant and vibrant “nightlife” in northern China, Xi’an provides lots of colorful and diverse night activities, which could meet various needs of tourists of all ages. Take time to experience the charm of the ancient city at night by watching fountain and music performance, joining the bar carnival, exploring the stunning food culture, enjoying Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show served with dumpling banquet.

Musical Fountain Show at North Square of Big Wild Goose Pagoda

Covering an area of 20,000 square meters(nearly 5 acres), the Xi’an musical fountain is located at the north square of the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, and enjoys a high reputation of being the largest music fountain in Asia. The wonderful combination of 3,300 colorful lights and dancing water columns will surely add a touch of glamour to your nightlife in Xi’an.

Location: North Square of Big Wild Goose Pagoda

Duration: 20 minutes

Show Time: 12:00 / 14:00 / 19:00 / 21:00; the performance might be temporarily changed or canceled in case of special circumstances.


Tang Dynasty Shows

Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show, a symbol of the cultural heyday of the Tang Dynasty (618-907), combines poetry with skilled musical instrument performance, singing, dancing and gorgeous costumes, showcasing the audience the ancient etiquette, music, dance, and other cultures of the Tang Dynasty, as well as the moving and living stories and legends during that glory period. Each show performed by hundreds of artists will be a spectacle scene with fantastic lighting effects.

Places to enjoy the Tang Dynasty Show:

  •  Tang Dynasty Palace

Location: No. 75 Chang’an North Road, Beilin District, Xi’an City

Duration: 2.5 hours (18:00-19:30 for dinner ; 19:30-20:30 for Tang Dynasty Show)

Ticket price: CNY 220 for Show only; CNY 350 for Show + Dumpling Dinner; CNY 550 for Show + Royal Banquet

Highlights: The Empress of the Great Tang, telling the legendary life of Wu Zetian, dumpling banquet available.


  • Shaanxi Song and Dance Theatre

Location: No. 161 Wenyi North Road, Beilin District, Xi’an City

Duration: 2.5 hours (18:30-19:50 for dinner ; 19:50-21:00 for Tang Dynasty Show)

Ticket price: CNY 180 for Show only; CNY 260 for Show + Dumpling Banquet

Highlights: Tang-style Instruments Performance, Dance Show about Tang’s Army


Location: No. 99 Furong West Road, Yanta District, Xi’an City

Duration: 1 hour 10 minutes

Ticket price: CNY 298-518 (Varying according to viewing position)

Highlights: Back Dream to the Tang Dynasty, Dreamscape of the Great Tang Dynasty


Location: No. 38 Huaqing Road, Tonglin District, Xian city

Duration: 1 hour

Ticket price: CNY 268-588 (Varying according to viewing position)

Highlights: The “Song of Eternal Sorrow”, showing the achingly beautiful love story between Emperor Xuanzong and concubine Yang; performed at an outdoor theater.


Food Experience in Xi’an’s Famous Night Markets

Exploring the night markets is one of the best ways to get to konw the ancient city of Xi’an in depth. With the lively atmosphere, local night markets are overflowing with a wide variety of food, from which you’re sure to find something to suit your taste.

Top Xi’an Night Markets:

Muslim Street
Muslim Street

Location: No. 125 Beiyuan Gate, Lianhu District, Xian City

Opening Hours: 08:00-23:00

Highlights: Halal Food, Pepper Soup with Beef Balls, Mutton and Bread Pieces in Soup, Honey Cold Zongzi, Lamb & Beef Kebabs…; it is one of the top recommended places to sample authentic Xi’an food.


  •  Yongxingfang

Location: Intersection of Dongxin Street and Shuncheng East Road, Xincheng District

Opening Hours: 10:00-22:30

Highlights: Hundreds of traditional foods from all over Shaanxi Province; Performances of handicraft and folk customs


  • Nanshaomen Night Market

Location: Intersection of Dongxin Street and Shuncheng East Road, Xincheng District

Opening Hours: 18:00-24:00

Highlights: Spicy Lobsters, Grilled Fishes, Special cuisines from all over the country


Indulge Yourself in Xi’an Bars & Clubs

If you want a more energetic evening, bars and clubs are must-go entertainment venues, where you can release your stress by singing and dancing, as well as indulging in local and foreign cocktails, beers, specialty snacks, and more. In Xi’an, there are so many bars to choose from, and there’s even an entire alleyway called Defuxiang Alley, overflowing with clubs and cafes.

Top night bars & clubs in Xian

  • Park Qin Bar

Location: No. 95 Beimadao Lane, Lianhu District, Xi’an City

Opening Hours: 19:30-03:00

Highlights: China’s only Terracotta Warriors/Qin Dynasty themed bar; excellent live music; unique decoration and diversified drinks


  • Yinyu Lounge Flagship

Location: Xi’an Chuangye coffee block, Yanta District

Opening Hours: 18:00-02:30

Highlights: Retro environment; simple western food; local snacks; band performance


  • TipsyCeram Ceramics

Location: East Gate of Provincial Stadium, Chang’an North Road

Opening Hours: 18:30-02:00

Highlights: American retro and quiet environment, suitable for dating; a wide variety of drinks;  Blues and Jazz music; delicious snacks


Enjoy Beautiful Night Scenes of Xian

Night falls with colorful lights illuminating, giving Xi’an a unique charm. Take the time to explore the different sights in the city at night and you will be impressed by the old surviving structures.

Best places to catch the nightscape of Xian

Xian Bell Tower
Bell Tower

Location: Intersection of four streets in the East, West, North and South

Opening Hours: 8:00-22:00

Highlights: Night view from different angles


Location: No. 2 South Main Street, Xi’an City

Opening Hours: 8:00-22:00; 8:00-19:00 (Nov.-Feb.)

Highlights: Nightscape of the whole Xi’an


Location: No. 99 Furong West Road, Qujiang New District, Xi’an City

Opening Hours: 09:00-22:00

Highlights: China’s largest Tang style architectural complex with lights; Water Curtain Movie; Sculpture Groups