Xi'an, capital city of Northwest China's
Shaanxi province, served as the capital of
13 dynasties in Chinese history, including
the Western Zhou (c.11th century-771 BC) and
Tang (618–907) dynasties.
Known as Chang'an in ancient times, Xi'an was the starting point of the ancient Silk Road. As such, it boasts many famous scenic spots and possesses six world cultural heritage sites, such as the Mausoleum of Emperor Qinshihuang, Site of Weiyang Palace and Giant Wild Goose Pagoda.
In recent years, Datang Everbright City has also become a must-visit place in Xi'an.
Also, as a food city, Xi'an's snacks are favored by tourists at home and abroad. The famous "Chinese hamburger," steamed cold noodle and Paomo (shredded bread soaked in mutton or beef soup) are all top choices for foodies.
Where Xi'an Is
Xi'an is the capital of Shaanxi Province, located in North Central China. It is about two hours by air from Beijing and two and a half hours from Shanghai.
The Features of Xi'an
▪ Xi'an is one of the four Chinese capitals of the world's ancient civilizations, with a history of over 3,000 years. Read more about the History of Xi'an.
▪ Xi'an boasts numerous historical sites and cultural relics, including 72 imperial tombs and over 700 historical sites from ancient pagodas to the city wall. Six of them were inscribed on the World Heritage List, including the Terracotta Warriors and Horses and Big Wild Goose Pagoda.
▪ As famous as its cultural heritage, the variety of local snacks is another feature of Xi'an. It is said that there are over 1,000 kinds of snacks in Xi'an.
▪ Xi'an's 144-hour visa-free transit policy makes Xi'an a more convenient destination.
Top Things to Do in Xi'an
Xi'an is a melting pot of cultures and religions. It offers countless things to do and see.
▪ Witness the most significant archeological excavation of the 20th century — the Terracotta Warriors and Horses, accompanied by an expert guide.
▪ Stroll or cycle on the ancient City Wall for a nice view of Xi'an city.
▪ Have a pleasant stroll to taste local snacks and buy souvenirs at the Muslim Quarter.
▪ Pay a visit to Shaanxi History Museum to discover the culture and history of China.
The Best Times to Visit Xi'an
The best time to visit Xi'an is in spring and autumn when the weather is cool but not too cold. The rainy season occurs from July to September, although there isn't much rain.
Try to avoid the Labor Day holiday (May 1-3) and the National Day holiday (October 1-7) when all tourist sites are crowded with visitors.
Read more about Xi'an Weather.
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