Located at the key position of China in geography, Xian is also one of the largest transportation hubs in the country. This article is going to show you the relevant travel destinations for ideal Xian Side Trips that are accessible, setting off from Xian by train, auto and air.
Part 1: There are some tourism cities that are easy to operate a day round trip from Xian by high-speed or bullet train. Xian – Luoyang: 52 high-speed trains a day, with the running time about 1 hour and 40 minutes. The recommended attractions are Longmen Grottoes, Shaolin Temple, White Horse Temple,. Xian – Tianshui: 34 high-speed trains or bullet trains, with the running time about 1 hour and 50 minutes. The recommended attractions are Maijishan Grottoes, Fuxi Temple.
Xian – Yan’an: The number of bullet train is not always the same every day, usually 3-7 trains in general. The running time usually lasts less than 2.5 hours. The recommended attractions are Pagoda Hill, Yangjialing Revolutionary Site and Zaoyuan Revolutionary Site(the former living place of Chairman Mao). Xian – Pingyao: 9 bullet trains a day, with the running time about 2.5 hours. The recommended attractions are Pingyao Ancient Town and Wang Family’s Courtyard. Xian – Chengdu: 45 high-speed trains a day, with the running time about 4 hours. The recommended attractions are Kuanzhai Alley, Wuhou Temple, Jinli, Chengdu Panda Breeding Center. (Kind note: To have a better experience in Chengdu, it is suggested to stay over night.)
Besides, the high-speed train from Xian to Datong is likely to be put into operation by the end of 2019, which takes about 2 hours to get to Datong. The recommended attractions are Yungang Grottoes, The Hanging Temple, Mountain Hengshan, etc.
Part 2: The cities where a day round trip from Xian by air are realizable to do are Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou. It takes about 2 hours to Beijing, 2.5 hours to Shanghai and 3 hours to Guangzhou. The popular attractions in Beijing are the Great Wall, the Palace Museum, the Summer Palace and so forth. And for Shanghai, you are recommended to visit Yuyuan Garden, the Bund, Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, etc. For Guangzhou, people always go there to explore Canton Tower, Baiyunshan Scenic Spot, Chen Clan Academy, Sacred Heart Cathedral. Definitively, these three world-renowned cities are hardly to be fully explored in one day, so 2 or 3 days is better for the trip.
Part 3: Driving from Xian, there are also some places with shorter distance but have unique attraction and scenery. Xian – Huashan: The driving journey lasts some 1.5 hours. Numerous visitors at home and abroad are seduced to explore the precipitous and beautiful Huashan.
Xian – Hukou: The driving journey lasts some 4 hours. Hukoou Waterfall is located in Yichuan county, 300 kilometers north of Xian. It’s a rare golden waterfall even in the world, which is incredibly magnificent.
Xian – Foping: Foping is located at 190 kilometers southwest of Xian, and it takes about 4 hours’ driving from Xian. Being as a home of pandas in Shannxi province, the Foping Nature Reserve is frequented by many visitors who look forward to seeing treasure pandas. Xian – Baoji: Baoji located at 170 kilometers west of Xian, and it takes about 2 hours’ driving from Xian. The recommended attractions are Taibai Mountain and Famen Temple(a famous Buddhism temple in China).
Above all, there are many different options to stop by other cities departing from Xian to enrich your China Xian tour, and vice verse. Our professional consultant can help you tailor the most appropriate itinerary at the best price, based on your preference.