This analogy describes the importance of Xi'an in Chinese history: Beijing is the top of the historical tree, but Xi'an is the root.
The foundational parts of Chinese history are buried in Xi'an, with a collection of precious heritage sites, such as the world-famous Terracotta Army, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, and the world's grandest ancient city wall. Take a trip to discover the history of Xi'an.
If you are planning a tour of Xi'an, read on to get the best from your time and some tips on planning the itinerary.
Since 2014, Xi’an has implemented a 72-hour visa-free transit policy for passengers from 51 countries or regions including the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.
Foreigners can enjoy 3-day visa-free access to Xi’an when taking an international transfer via Xi’an Xianyang International Airport.
The best time to visit Xi’an is in spring and autumn. The temperature is generally more comfortable for outdoor activities then.
The prices for hotels and flight tickets are higher in the peak season from May to mid-October (and for Chinese New Year).
Xi'an is generally dry, but there may be moderate downpours in summer. Summer is very hot and winter is freezing.
We would like to remind you not to go out during dust and sand storms in the spring.
Xi'an has an international airport: Xianyang Airport. It is easy to get to Xi’an from Hong Kong, Macau, Seoul, Singapore, San Francisco, and Bangkok as well as Tokyo.
As Xi'an is located in the heart of China, it takes no more than 3 hours to fly to Xi’an from most major Chinese cities, such as Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Guilin, and Lhasa.
Bullet trains are increasingly becoming a viable, quick option to get to Xi’an from Beijing and Shanghai. See more information about Xi'an transportation.
|From||To||Travel Time by Airplane (Approx.)|
|Beijing||Xi’an||2 h 10 min|
|Shanghai||Xi’an||2 h 40 min|
|Chengdu||Xi’an||1 h 25 min|
|Guilin||Xi’an||1 h 50 min|
|Lhasa||Xi’an||2 h 50 min|
|Hong Kong||Xi’an||2 h 35 min|
Transportation in Xi’an is very convenient, and you can travel like most locals do by taking the subway, buses, taxis, biking, etc., but you may encounter many unforeseen difficulties, like the language barrier and getting lost.
If you don’t want any hassles, we recommend you travel with a professional travel company, who will take care of getting you where you want to go. Then you can enjoy a comfortable and relaxing tour.
China Highlights has been specializing in tailor-making China tours since 1998. Contact us, and our travel experts will be glad to help you arrange your tour based on your requirements. Your local guide will show you the real Xi’an and lead you to experience the lives of local people.
Xi’an is rich in historical and cultural attractions. The following sites are the most famous and should not be missed:
Most people spend two days visiting the most famous sites in Xi’an, including the Terracotta Warriors, the Ancient City Wall, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Shaanxi History Museum, and Muslim Quarter.
Here is a sample tour for your reference: 2-Day Essence of Xi'an Tour — taking you to visit all the must-see attractions of Xi’an.
If you want to have a deeper understanding of China’s history and culture, you can stay for extra days and add Qianling Tomb, Maoling Mausoleum, and Famen Temple into your itinerary. Check our 4-Day Xi’an Ancient Relics Tour for some inspiration.
To make your tour interesting and colorful, you can consider Mount Hua, one of the Five Great Mountains in China. It is about 2½ hours' drive from the city of Xi’an. Here is a suggested tour for your reference: Mt Hua Adventure and Xi'an Essence Tour.
There are all levels of hotels in this large city to meet your different requirements. However, the standard and condition is generally significantly lower at local hotels outside the city, e.g. near Mount Hua.
Some popular hotels in the urban area or near the attractions need a reservation during peak travel seasons (like China's National Day holiday).
China Highlights has selected a collection of hotels in Xi'an with good service and convenient access. We can also help to book hotels at a considerable discount.
Our recommended hotels:
The food in Xi'an is unmissable. The famous "two banquets and two soups of Xi'an" are the Shaanxi snacks banquet, the dumpling banquet, lamb soup with pita bread, and pig colon soup with bread. You must have a try!
Muslim Street is a great Muslim food hub, where you can find various kinds of Muslim food and souvenirs. It is one of the must-visit places in Xi'an, not only for food but also for shopping and culture.
Beilin District (碑林区) in Xi'an is a food paradise, where the majority of local restaurants are located.
Based on years of experience and customer feedback, we have developed many Xi’an tours. Here are some popular tours for inspiration:
China Highlights specializes in creating memorable China tours with well-trained guides, exquisite hotels, and delicious food.
If one of the options above does not suit you, you can ask us to customize it, or use our tailor-made form to design your own tour of Xi'an! We will continue to be at your service during your trip to China.