Xi'an

Travel Guide
Drum Tower showing heritage architecture and a city

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.

HUALUXE Xi'an Hi-tech Zone, an IHG Hotel
HUALUXE Xi'an Hi-tech Zone, an IHG Hotel
3.5 out of 5
The price is HK$626 per night from 30 Jan to 31 Jan
Located in Gaoxin, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Small Wild Goose Pagoda, Shaanxi History Museum and Xi'an Bell Tower and Drum Tower. Xi'an Bell Tower ...
5/5 Exceptional! (2 reviews)
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HUALUXE Xi'an Hi-tech Zone, an IHG Hotel
The Westin Xian
The Westin Xian
5 out of 5
66 Ci En Road, Qu Jiang New District, Xi'an, Shaanxi
The price is HK$842 per night from 7 Feb to 8 Feb
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 ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (211 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 30 Aug 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
The price is HK$631 per night from 24 Jan to 25 Jan
Located in Gaoxin, this luxury aparthotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Golden Eagle, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Tang City Wall Ruins Park and Xi'an City Walls.
4.8/5 Exceptional! (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 6 Jan 2020

The Fairway Place, Xi'an - Marriott Executive Apartments
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Citadines Xingqing Palace Xi'an
Citadines Xingqing Palace Xi'an
4 out of 5
The price is HK$404 per night from 16 Feb to 17 Feb
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. Air Force Medical ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (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 11 Oct 2020

Citadines Xingqing Palace Xi'an
The Fairway Place, Xi'an - Marriott Executive Apartments
The Fairway Place, Xi'an - Marriott Executive Apartments
4.5 out of 5
The price is HK$631 per night from 24 Jan to 25 Jan
Located in Gaoxin, this luxury aparthotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Golden Eagle, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Tang City Wall Ruins Park and Xi'an City Walls.
4.8/5 Exceptional! (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 6 Jan 2020

The Fairway Place, Xi'an - Marriott Executive Apartments
Xi'an The Queen's Box
Xi'an The Queen's Box
3 out of 5
Located in Weiyang, this apartment building is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Xi'an Public Library and within 6 miles (10 km) of Xi'an City Walls and Daming Palace National ...
Xi'an The Queen's Box
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