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Xi'an
Travel Guide

Explore museums full of precious artefacts, cycle along one of the country’s most complete city walls and visit hot springs at this major city in central west China.

Home to many of China’s most significant historical and cultural sites, including the famous terra cotta warriors, it’s easy to see why Xi’an is regarded as the country's living “natural history museum”.

Xi’an was the capital for many influential Chinese dynasties over thousands of years and the city still retains many buildings and structures from those times. Among these is the City Wall, which is 12 metres (39 feet) high, 39-46 feet (12-14 meters) wide and 8.7 miles (14 kilometers) long. Rent a bicycle at the South Gate and make your way along the wall at sunset to enjoy beautiful views of the city.

Near the City Wall’s South Gate is the Forest of Stone Steles Museum where you can examine intricate calligraphy carved into stone tablets. While in the area, visit the Great Mosque and the Bell Tower and the Drum Tower.

See other artefacts from China’s dynasties at the Shaanxi History Museum. Its collections include stone tools and weapons, jade wine glasses and belts, chinaware and coins. Note that very little information is in English, so it’s worth getting an audio guide. Combine your museum visit with a trip to the Da Ci’en Temple site, home to the ancient Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Stroll through the north square and admire its gardens, sculptures and fountains.

The treasure Xi’an is probably most famous for, however, is actually located 25 miles (40 kilometers) east of the city at the Emperor Qin Shi Huang's Mausoleum Site Park. Take a bus to the park from Xi’an to see one of the most important archaeological finds of the 20th century: the army of life-size terra cotta warriors and horses. On your way back, stop by the Huaqing Palace and Hot Springs to see what was once a retreat for emperors.

Back in the city, enjoy a meal of dumplings or try the local dish of yangrou paomo, which consists of crumbled unleavened bread in mutton stew.

Reach Xi’an by plane into the international airport located about 19 miles (30 kilometers) northwest of downtown, or by train or long-distance bus from many other major cities in China.

Where to stay in Xi'an

Top Hotels in Xi'an

The Westin Xian
The Westin Xian
5 out of 5
66 Ci En Road, Qu Jiang New District, Xi'an, Shaanxi
The price is $82 per night from Mar 8 to Mar 9

Located in Qujiang New District, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Giant Wild Goose Pagoda and Tang Paradise. Drum Tower and Xi'an Jiaotong University ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (208 reviews)

"Convenient location right next to Pagoda and many food & shopping options nearby. Very friendly and caring staff, allowing us to check in in the morning into an upgraded and very spacious room. The only thing that lacks slightly back behind the high hotel standard is the swimming pool with a little ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2020

The Westin Xian
The Fairway Place, Xi'an - Marriott Executive Apartments
The Fairway Place, Xi'an - Marriott Executive Apartments
4.5 out of 5
No 16 Gaoxin 4th Road Gaoxin District, Xi'an, Shaanxi
The price is $103 per night from Mar 2 to Mar 3

Located in Yanta Qu, this luxury aparthotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Golden Eagle and within 6 mi (10 km) of Tang City Wall Ruins Park and Xi'an City Walls.

4.8/5Exceptional! (44 reviews)

"This hotel is great for families. It really helped in our trip that our room has a washer and dryer. Room service was excellent."…"

Reviewed on Jan 6, 2020

The Fairway Place, Xi'an - Marriott Executive Apartments
Sofitel Legend People's Grand Hotel Xian
Sofitel Legend People's Grand Hotel Xian
5 out of 5
319 Dong Xin Street, Xi'an, Shaanxi
The price is $209 per night from Mar 16 to Mar 17

This family-friendly Xi'an hotel is located in the historical district, within 2 mi (3 km) of Xi'an Bell Tower and Xi'an City Walls. Beilin Museum (Stele Forest) ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (77 reviews)

"It's a beautiful historic property - the most interesting hotel in Xi'an."…"

Reviewed on Nov 26, 2019

Sofitel Legend People's Grand Hotel Xian
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Xi'an

The Fairway Place, Xi'an - Marriott Executive Apartments
The Fairway Place, Xi'an - Marriott Executive Apartments
4.5 out of 5
No 16 Gaoxin 4th Road Gaoxin District, Xi'an, Shaanxi
The price is $103 per night from Mar 2 to Mar 3

Located in Yanta Qu, this luxury aparthotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Golden Eagle and within 6 mi (10 km) of Tang City Wall Ruins Park and Xi'an City Walls.

4.8/5Exceptional! (44 reviews)

"This hotel is great for families. It really helped in our trip that our room has a washer and dryer. Room service was excellent."…"

Reviewed on Jan 6, 2020

The Fairway Place, Xi'an - Marriott Executive Apartments
Xi'an Tangyun Aparthotel
Xi'an Tangyun Aparthotel
3 out of 5
Room 738, Block A, Zhujiang Times Plaza, Xi'an, Shaanxi
The price is $118 per night from Mar 2 to Mar 3

Located in Xi’an City Center, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Beilin Museum (Stele Forest) and Xi'an Bell Tower. Xi'an City Walls is 2.3 mi ...

3.7/5Good! (17 reviews)
Great location but Spartan

"It was okay ... difficult to find, a little bit worn out, could use some updating. That being said, I think the price reflected that. Slept four but only two mugs. No plates or silverware. Had to ask for the hot water to be turned on. The beds and pillows were hard for Western tastes. A little too ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan 6, 2019

Xi'an Tangyun Aparthotel
Citadines Xingqing Palace Xi'an
Citadines Xingqing Palace Xi'an
4 out of 5
No.159 Xingqing Road,Beilin District, Xi'an, Shaanxi
The price is $57 per night from Mar 2 to Mar 3

This family-friendly Xi'an aparthotel is located in the historical district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Xi'an Jiaotong University and Xingqing Lake. Beilin Museum ...

4.2/5Excellent! (100 reviews)

"Not in city centre but is fairly convenient to get taxi (about 20rmb) to Xian train station and city centre. Leave an hour journey by taxi if need to go to the airport. Super convenient to access to supermarket, KFC, bubble tea and other eateries as is just next to the service apartments"…"

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2020

Citadines Xingqing Palace Xi'an
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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