Welcome to Xian of Shaanxi Province China

Look at any half-serious planned tour of China and the city of Xi’an will be on the list of destinations, and for good reason. It’s a city that has a depth of historical attractions rivaling that of Beijing, and many believe the jewel in Xi’an’s list of attractions is still yet to be revealed.

When I arrived I stepped straight of the airport shuttle bus and more or less straight in the door of the Melody Hotel, when I got up to the room and took a look out the window I realised I was in a special place. Straight ahead out my window was a massive public square, and a massive Drum Tower, looking to the right I could see a large Bell Tower. Not many cities offer that in the first five minutes of arrival!

the Drum Tower

The list of attractions in the city goes on and on, including the Drum Tower, The Bell Towerthe Grand Mosque, ancient City Walls, the Wild Goose Pagoda and this is just within minutes of the city centre. Just outside the city there’s the Huaqing Hot Springs and then there’s the reason why most come here, the Emperor Qinshihuang’s Terracotta Warriors

One section of Terracotta Army

For me the most impressive feature of this city is that there is just so many things to see, and it’s all so easy to see. Xi’an isn’t a big bustling metropolis like Beijing, so it’s quite easy to get around if you’re staying within the city center.

the Grand Mosque

Useful websites for planning Xi’an trip
Official Xi’an Tourism website
Xi’an at travelchinaguide.com
Xi’an at WikiTravel.org

Xi’an Map with 4 star plus hotels zoom in to see markers for key tourist attractions.


backstreets of Xi’an


4 thoughts on “Welcome to Xian of Shaanxi Province China

  • June 30, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    There’s a lot to explore in Xi’an, can be a little ‘touristy’.

  • July 6, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    One thing also to mention is Xi’an food. Xi’an is the home of the dumpling and a Dumpling Banquet is a must do. In the Muslim Quarter Yang Rou Pao Mo, a mutton soup into which you break nan bread. Nan breads stuffed with meat are popular too and there are so many more wonderfully delicious dishes.

  • July 30, 2012 at 7:21 am

    What are the things that a traveler must see on a visit to Xian? My wife and small child will go there soon for 2 days. Thank you in advance for your suggestions.

    • August 5, 2012 at 2:33 am

      At a minimum you must see the Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses, plus the Wild Goose Pagoda. If you are staying within the city walls it will also be easy to check out the Muslim Quarter and Grand Mosque, the Drum and Bell Towers and enjoy some great foods including a dumpling feast maybe…

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