Q: What are must-see attractions in Xian?
A: As one of the top 3 tourist cities in China, Xian has lots of things worthy of seeing. They are either cultural ones or natural ones. Generally speaking, the most welcomed attractions in and nearby Xian are: Terracotta Warriors and Horses, City Wall, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Muslim Quarter, Shaanxi History Museum, Small Wild Goose Pagoda, Huaqing Hot Spring, Banpo Museum, Great Mosque, Mt Huashan, Hanyangling Museum, Qianling Mausoleum, Famen Temple, Huxian County.
If you have one day in Xian, the suggested options are: (1) only Terracotta Warriors if you have very limited time and have interest in only Terracotta Army. (2) Terracotta Warriors and Horses plus one or two more downtown attractions if time allows.
If you have 2 days in Xian, the one day tour above combined with the Mt. Huashan day tour or another Xian downtown exploration day tour are good choices.
If you have 3 to 5 days in Xian, then apart from the suggested tour and sites above, Famen Temple, Qianling Mausoleum, Hanyangling Mausoleum are never missed for you. Also some night tours, food tours and local folk cultural tours should be on the list for your reference. If you get more than 5 days, maybe you can take some side tours in cities around Xian, such as Luoyang which is also a famous tourist city and not far from Xian. Find more popular Xian tour options at Xian Tours.
Terracotta Warriors and Horses
Q: What is the best time to visit Xian?
A: It is good to travel in Xian around the whole year because Xian is renowned mainly for its history relics which are less affected by the weather and climate condition.
However, usually April to June and September to the early November is the most popular and recommended time to pay a visit, during which the weather is relatively gentle and comfortable but suffers little heat or coldness. Besides, during these periods, travelers can enjoy the splendid natural scenes and fresh fruits and vegetables in those seasons.
Q: Do I need a guide and driver if I can speak Chinese?
A: It depends where you want to go. For downtown sightseeing and visit to Terracotta Warriors and Horses, visitors could do it on their own without difficulty if they can speak Chinese. Because downtown attractions is not far from one to the other and public bus the Metro is much convenient. And on East Square of Xian Train Station there are many scheduled shuttle bus to Terracotta Warriors and Horses. While if you have much interest in the related history and background information, a guide will make the visit more impressive and meaningful.
For in-depth exploration to Xian City by visit attractions like Mt Huashan, Hanyangling Museum, Qianling Mausoleum. Famen Temple, Huxian County, renting a car and guide is more necessary. These attractions need 1-2.5 hours riding from Xian and there are few or no shuttle bus are available. Renting a car with driver will cost a little more than public transportation but it save you much time for public vehicle waiting. Again if you travel mainly for sightseeing a guide will be unnecessary and if you want to learn more background info please hire a guide who will stay with you during the whole visiting time and explain the things you have interest.
Xian Train Station
Q: What should I wear when I have my trip in Xian?
A: In Spring and autumn, long pants and sweaters or light coat are proper for you; In summer, short pants, T-shirts and dress are good for you; In winter, you’d better wear thick padded coats because it is cold and sometimes snows.
Meanwhile, except June to October, you need prepare the thick coat in other months if you would like to climb the Mt.Huashan.
Q: How long does it take from airport to Xian?
A: Xian Xianyang International Airport is the nearest airport to Xian. It is about 50km to downtown Xian. It usually takes 45 minutes to 1 hour each way depending on the transportation situation. There are several airport shuttle bus in downtown Xian departing from different station. Check here to learn more about Xian airport transportation
Panda in Foping Panda Valley
Q: How far is it from Xian to Terracotta Warriors and Horses?
A: Terracotta Warriors and Horses locates east of Xian city. It usually takes 1 hour from downtown Xian to Terracotta Warriors and Horses. There are three transportation options: public bus on East Square of Xian Train Station, taxi, and renting a car. China Xian tour offers car rental service to both individual tourists and groups. Click here to find more about car rental to Terracotta Warriors and Horses.
Q: How far is it from Xian to Mt Huashan?
A: Mt Huashan is about 120km from Xian city. If taking the express bus or renting a car it takes about 2.5 hours from Xian to Mt Huashan. If taking fast train, it takes 30-40 minutes from North Xian Train station to Huashan North Station, plus the transfer time in downtown Xian and the time from Huashan North Station to Mt Huashan Scenic Area, it takes totally about 3 hours.
Q: Where can I exchange currency in Xian?
A: USD is the easiest currency type to exchange in Xian. Most bank branches in Xian can exchange USD, like Industrial and Commercian Bank of China (ICBC), Agricultural Bank of China (BC), China Construction Bank (CCB), Bank of Communications (BC), Bank of China. If you hold currency of other nations, Bank of China is the most recommended. Besides, many 4 or 5 star hotels offer currency exchanging service. Asking the reception staff they will help you exchange.
Q: What is the best places for dinning in Xian?
A: If you want standard western food, please go to 4 or 5 star hotel. These hotel dining room offers relatively authentic western food. While if you’d like to try some typical local dishes, the recommended restaurants are Xian Restaurant (Good place to try Xian dishes), Laosunjia Restaurant (best known for Yangrou Paomo), Fanji Restaurant and Weijia Restaurant (Local brand fast food cook nice Roujiamo and Liangpi). If you are seeking for local snacks, Muslim Quarter and Yongxingfang is the best place to go. You will find lots of various local snacks in these two food street.