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Xi'an Travel Guide

An ancient gathering place of cultures, religions, and commence, the city of Xi’an has a rich history of more than 3000 years and is today the provincial capital of Shaanxi Province. Amongst the city’s modern architecture and congested roads, there is still a plethora of ruins and historical monuments.


Located in the south-central part of the province, Xi’an has the Qinling Mountains to the South and the Weihe River to the North. There are 11 urban districts in total, with Beilin District being the city center where famous landmarks are located like the Bell Tower and the City Wall; to the west is Lianhu District, a residential and commercial area with luxury hotels and is popular amongst business travelers. Around the center districts, visitors can find Xincheng District with a quieter environment and many shopping options; and Yanta District where several universities are located together with another cluster of top attractions like the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda.


Formerly known as Changan, Xi’an has been the seat of the capital for 1200 years covering 13 dynasties. Since the Western Han Dynasty (206BC - 24AD), this ancient city was the starting point of the Silk Road, an intersection of cultural and economic exchange. It reached its heyday in the Tang Dynasty (618 to 907AD) when it became a booming metropolis as important as Rome. Today Xi’an’s long history can still be seen in its ancient monuments, centuries-old temples, and archeological treasures.


Xi'an has an astonishing 6 UNESCO World Heritage sites, among which is one of the world’s greatest archeological discoveries – the Army of Terracotta Warriors. But the list of visit-worthy attractions in this city is vast and diverse. Besides the Bell and Drum Towers, the ancient city wall, and the Daming palace site, Xi’an is also home to awe-inspiring natural wonders like Cuihua Mountain and Heihe National Park.


Getting to and around Xi’an is simple and convenient. In addition to the usual modes of public transportation like the metro, bus, train, and taxi, there are several special tourist bus lines and sightseeing hop on hop off buses to make it easier for visitors to explore the city. The most common ways to reach Xi’an are by air (Xianyang International Airport) and by train. In fact, riding the overnight trains from Beijing or Shanghai is a favorite travel experience for many foreign visitors. 


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Emperor Qinshihuang's Mausoleum Site Museum
Fortifications of Xi'an
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"Historical Sites"
Shaanxi History Museum
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"Museums"
Tang Dynasty Furong Garden
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Huaqing Pool
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"Springs"
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"The Song of Everlasting Sorrow"
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Grand Tang Dynasty Ever-bright City
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"Featured Neighborhoods"
Giant Wild Goose Pagoda
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"Temples"
Bell Tower of Xi'an
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"Historical Architectures"
Muslim Quarter
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"Featured Neighborhoods"
Daming Palace National Heritage Park
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"Historical Sites"
Xi'an Beilin Museum
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Where to Stay
Discover the most popular places to stay in Xi'an, complete with recommendations from fellow travelers and special hotel offers.
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Dinner and Show of Tang Dynasty Palace in Xian
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INSIDERS Vintage jeep private tour: The Ancient Quest Ride
Huashan Mountain Hiking Tour from Xi'an
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Authentic Old Beijing Hutong Food and Beer Private Tour
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Private Mt. Huashan Hiking Tour from Xi'an
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Tang Dynasty Dinner Show
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Customized Day Tour to Terracotta Army and Other Sites
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Dumpling cooking lesson in local family
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What to Eat
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Shuijingdao Western Restaurant
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"Buffets"
Jiongjiong Chuanchuanxiang
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Shengtaixiangshuipen Lamb
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"Fast Food"
Hechengyue Restaurant
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Lao'anjiapaomo (guoxitai)
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Huifanglou Restaurant
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Mizhikaoyachang
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Jichangxiaomajia Barbecue
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Huashenglian
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Wushigongtingxiangsuniuroubing
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Gaogaozaishang (gaoxinlu)
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"Bakeries"
Xiangyuyujia
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