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.

Where to stay in Xi'an

Grand Park Xian
Grand Park Xian
4.5 out of 5
12 Xi Duan Huan Cheng Nan Lu, Xi'an, Shaanxi, 710068
The price is HK$431 per night from 9 Aug to 10 Aug
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Xi'an. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the helpful staff in their reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (373 reviews)
"This hotel looks too old for me"

Reviewed on 1 Jul 2021

Grand Park Xian
Le Meridien Xi'an Chanba
Le Meridien Xi'an Chanba
4.5 out of 5
6 West Section, Euro-Asia Avenue, Chanba Ecological District, Xi'an, 710021
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is HK$533 per night from 31 Aug to 1 Sep
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Xi'an. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 3 restaurants. Our guests praise the breakfast and the WiFi in their reviews. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (18 reviews)
Almost 5-star
"Le Meridien is a brand new hotel, very modern, but a bit short-staffed. It is a bit removed from the center of Xi'an, but quite close to the Terra Cotta site (ca 30 minutes), which was great for us as tourists. The breakfast was very good. We stayed in a "club" room so we had free access to the top ..."

Reviewed on 4 Aug 2018

Le Meridien Xi'an Chanba
Grand Hyatt Xi An
Grand Hyatt Xi An
5 out of 5
No 12 Jinye Road, High Tech Zone, Xi'an, Shaanxi, 710065
The price is HK$987 per night from 21 Aug to 22 Aug
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Xi'an. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 5 restaurants. Our guests praise the pool and the restaurant in their reviews. Popular ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (30 reviews)
Terrible stay
"The AC was off in almost the entire building. It was about 95 degrees or more outside and they kept it off but didn’t tell you before arriving. Then they would turn it on when you arrived just in your room not main areas. So my room (a suite) had no AC and they tried to fix it twice. It was so bad ..."

Reviewed on 10 Aug 2020

Grand Hyatt 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.
Bliss Guesthouse
Bliss Guesthouse
2.5 out of 5
#1601,Unit 2,Building 17,Cuihua Rd, Yanta District, Xi'an, Shaanxi, 710061
The price is HK$496 per night from 12 Aug to 13 Aug
Stay at this business-friendly apartment in Xi'an. Enjoy free WiFi, on-site parking and a 24-hour front desk. Popular attractions Tang City Wall Ruins Park and ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
"1. The owner welcomed me when i reached. 2. She oriented me to the accommodation and the facilities. 3. The unit was well prepared and clean during my check-in. 4. She helped me by transferring funds to my wechat account and refunded me when the transaction failed. 5. The owner came to pass me an ..."

Reviewed on 3 Nov 2018

Bliss Guesthouse
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, 710075
The price is HK$684 per night from 21 Aug to 22 Aug
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Xi'an. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their ...
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 Warriors Apartment
Xi'An Warriors Apartment
2.5 out of 5
Hongcheng Apartment Area B, No.15 Xihuamen Road, Xi'an, Shaanxi, 710082
Stay at this business-friendly apartment in Xi'an. Enjoy free WiFi, laundry facilities and a flat-screen TV. Popular attractions Xi'an Bell Tower and Drum Tower ...
Xi'An Warriors Apartment
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