The Top 15 Hotels in Xi’an China

The Top 15 Hotels in Xi’an China

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Xi’an was one of my favorite destinations and I place I highly recommend to anyone touring China. You can read more about my journey here. These are top rated hotels in Xi’an that are also convenient to all the major attractions such as the Drum and Bell Towers, the Mosque, City Wall and so on, also they are highly suitable for foreign visitors. For the Terracotta Warriors, no matter which hotel, you’ll need to organise transport, for which the concierge at these hotels will be able to assist.

The Top 15 Hotels in Xi’an China

Hilton Xi’an 5-star hotel

Area: Xincheng, Xi’an

Centrally located within the ancient city walls of Xi’an, the luxurious Hilton Xian offers an indoor pool and 4 dining options.

Sofitel Xian On Renmin Square 5-star hotel

Area: Xincheng, Xi’an

A 10-minute walk from Bell Tower & Drum Tower and Muslim Street, Sofitel Xian On Renmin Square features an indoor heated pool and luxurious spa. It has 4 restaurants and 3 bars.

Grand Soluxe International Hotel 5-star hotel

Area: Xincheng, Xi’an

218 yards from Xi’an Train Station, Grand Soluxe International Hotel features a fitness center, a sauna and karaoke facilities. All of the rooms have free wired internet. Free parking is available.

Crowne Plaza Xi’an 5-star hotel

Area: Beilin, Xi’an

The luxurious Crowne Plaza Xi’an is located within Shaanxi Xinxi Tower, one of the tallest buildings in Xi’an.

Grand Mercure Xian On Renmin Square 5-star hotel

Area: Xincheng, Xi’an

Grand Mercure Xian On Renmin Square is a luxurious 5-star hotel just a 10-minute walk from the Bell and Drum Tower. It offers massage services, a restaurant and free parking.

Grand Park Hotel Xi’an 5-star hotel

Area: Beilin, Xi’an

Grand Park Xian offers modern rooms, a gym and day-spa in the heart of historic Xian. It is a 15 minute walk from the Bell Tower and Park of Revolution.

Shangri-La Hotel Xi’an 5-star hotel

Area: Yanta, Xi’an

Shangri-La Hotel Xi’an is a luxurious 5-star hotel situated in the Gaoxin High-tech Development Zone, and a 35-minute drive from Xi’an Xianyang International Airport.

The Westin Xi’an

Area: Yanta, Xi’an

Boasting an on-site Chinese museum with over 2000 artifacts, The Westin Xian offers a luxurious getaway in one of the major ancient cities of the world – Xi’an.

Sheraton Xi’an North City Hotel 5-star hotel

Area: Lianhu, Xi’an

Neighbouring Exit B of Longshouyuan Subway Station (Line 2), the 5-star luxurious Sheraton Xi’an North City Hotel is a 5-minute walk from Daming Palace, a famous tourist spot.

Branley Hotel Xi’an 5-star hotel

Area: Yanta, Xi’an

Branley Hotel Xi’an is within a 30-minute drive of the Xi’an Railway Station and the Downtown Bell Tower. This luxurious 5-star hotel offers 3 dining options, an indoor pool and rooms with free Wi-Fi.

Tang Dynasty Art Garden Hotel

Area: Yanta, Xi’an

With distinct oriental elegance, Tang Dynasty Hotel is in a location next to Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Pedestrian Street. It features cultural displays with its music performances and tea shows.

Jianguo Hotel Xi’an 5-star hotel

Area: Beilin, Xi’an

Jianguo Hotel Xi’an offers elegant and spacious rooms near Xing Qing Park. Less than a 5 minute walk from the city’s East gate, it boasts an indoor pool, jacuzzi and gym.

Holiday Inn Xi’an Big Goose Pagoda

Area: Yanta, Xi’an

Holiday Inn Xi’an Big Goose Pagoda offers accommodations in Xi’an. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Each room includes a flat-screen TV with satellite channels.

Wyndham Grand Xian South

Area: Yanta, Xi’an

Offering a spa and wellness centre, Wyndham Grand Xian South is located in Xi’an. Free WiFi access is available. Each room here will provide you with a TV, air conditioning and a hot tub.

Sofitel Legend People’s Grand Hotel Xi’an

Area: Xincheng, Xi’an

Offering a sun terrace and garden, Sofitel Legend Peoples Xi’an offers 5-star accommodation with modern facilities and 24-hour butler service in the heart of Xi’an.

Xian to Beijing via Train

Xian to Beijing via Train

My first time on a train in China was on the overnight trip from Xian to Beijing. China has many different classes of train and this one was the ‘Z’ train. This Z train (the Z20) was no old rattler, it was near new modern, clean and very comfortable train!

Apparently it’s wise to buy train tickets in advance so I did so a couple of days ahead of leaving Xian and had no trouble getting a ticket. There are two places to buy train tickets in Xian, either at the main train station which is just outside the city wall on the north side towards the east or go to a small little booking window which is on the side wall of the ICBC bank in the main center of Xian. At the time the lady at this office also spoke english.

The train trip takes just over 11 hours and leaves Xian just before 7.30PM. You can choose to either have a hard seat, soft seat, hard sleeper or soft sleeper, the thought of falling asleep to the sound of a train going along its tracks sounds pretty inviting, so, I went with the soft sleeper.

Xian Train Station
Xian Station is one busy little place, like really busy! The crowds of people sitting around waiting and moving in and out is staggering. At first glance it looks like chaos but like most things in China it turns out to be semi-organised harmonious chaos.

Working out where to go can be a bit of a challenge, with so many people its hard to actually even find any signs let alone find any that have english translation. But simply flashing your ticket at an official looking person and having a stupid look on your face seems to get arms pointing and waiving in the direction you need to be going.

It turns out simply head into the center of the building with the rest of the herd of people and go through the x-ray check then head towards the left hand far corner of the entry floor. There should be a guy standing there to check your ticket on your way into what is the Soft Seat ticket holder waiting lounge. Fortunately it’s not so chaotic in there, and there’s some very comfortable chairs.

A chinese lady sat next to me in the waiting room and she must have seen the confused look on my face as I stared at my train ticket, even though she couldnt speak english with some hand signals and gestures she managed to explain to me what the information on the ticket meant:

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Each bed in the cabin has its own individual number which is marked on the cabin door.

Xian to Beijing on the Z20 with Soft Sleeper ticket

In the cabins there are four separate bunk style beds each with fresh blanket and pillow. There is also a small table between the two lower beds with a decanter of hot water and four glasses.

The mattresses are comfortable and I had a top bunk, this seemed to be the best option as the bottom bunks are used as seats until everyone decides that they want to retire.

For the trip to Beijing I shared the cabin with three uni students, I’m not to sure that they where all that comfortable with a foreigner at first, and they didn’t speak english, which was surprising as most young people seem to have at least some. Hmm, this could be fun…

After helping each other stack some of the luggage into the racks at the ends of the top bunks they seemed a little more relaxed. The three students were pretty quite and laid back, but you could easily hear the loud and rambunctious conversation from nearby cabins. Fortunately at around eleven it mostly went quite. But your in China, so you’ve got earplugs anyway right? I don’t go anywhere without them! 

There’s also a dining car on the train, but when i looked in there for breakfast it seemed to be a de facto sleeping area, with bodies sprawled across the seats. Maybe they didn’t like their fellow cabin partners! I’ll remember this trick if needed on a later journey!

In the morning a stewardess will knock on the door and alert you to that the trains nearing arrival. At the end of each car is a western style toilet and there is also a hot water dispenser, wash basin and mirror.

Beiing West Train Station

The train arrives at Beijing West station which is pretty easy to navigate with clear instructions and signage with english translations. As you exit the  Beijing Station there are Left Luggage rooms and plenty of taxi drivers touting for business, they seem like they are best ignored. Across the road from the station there are plenty of restaurants including western name s like KFC etc etc.

Xian Big Wild Goose Pagoda and the Musical Fountain show

Xian Big Wild Goose Pagoda and the Musical Fountain show

It’s a crazy name that just peaks the imagination and leaves you wondering exactly what you are in for, but the Big Wild Goose Pagoda is a must visit on the Xi’an tour. So what is it exactly?

A pagoda is a tiered temple commonly used throughout Asia as places of worship. The name “Big Wild Goose” refers to legend having that this was the place were a goose fell from the sky into the hands of hungry monks, believing it was a blessing from the gods they so named the temple.

The site is quite special to those of Buddhist faith being a place where the original Sanskrit sutras, collected during a years long pilgrimage of many countries by the monk Xuanzang, were translated into Chinese.

The area consists of three parts being the Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayan Ta), the Da Ci’en Temple, and the North Square of Big Wild Goose Pagoda. In the north square they have a nightly water fountain show which begins at 8pm (get there early to get a good spot).

There’s more info at the official Xi’an Tourism website here.

Big Goose Pagoda map with nearby hotels

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Xi’an’s Museum of Qin Terracotta Warriors and Horses

Xi’an’s Museum of Qin Terracotta Warriors and Horses

The Terracotta Warriors and Horses really is one of the wonders of the world (actually, it’s officially the 8th world wonder). You couldn’t say that this site was a must visit on a trip to Xi’an as it possible the reason that many people come to China in the first place. 

 

 

To date, more than 8,000 soldiers and 10,000 bronze weapons have been revealed at the mausoleum of Emperor Qin Shihuang. Amazingly there is still so much that has yet to be excavated including the actual emperor’s tomb which many speculate to hold untold treasure and ancient wonder.

Emperor Qin Shihuang is a mighty figure in Chinese history due to his legacy of uniting all the warring states. Just as mighty, is the legacy of his mausoleum that was built over 38 years containing a life-size recreation of his army and much more.

 

 

There are three sites to visit here inc. Museum of Qin Terracotta Warriors and Horses (where the 3 pits are containing the warrior statues and horses), the Bronze Chariots and Horses Exhibition Hall, and via a short ride on a free shuttle bus, the Qin Shi Huang Mausoleum (the actual mound where beneath lies the unopened emperor’s tomb). In total, you can easily spend 4 hours here.

 

 

Museum of Qin Terracotta Warriors and Horses

It contains 3 major pits

 Pit 1:   the largest; found in 1974 and containing three rows of soldiers backed by further infantry and war chariots.

 Pit 2:   found in 1976 containing a variety of divisions including 80 chariots, crossbow team, cavalry, and infantry.

 Pit 3:   found in 1976 containing warriors and a chariot led by four horses.

Bronze Chariots and Horses Exhibition Hall

Featuring No 1 and No 2 Chariots, which were found near the emperor’s tomb. Both chariots have four horses constructed with lead, bronze and adorned with gold, One set of horses is pulling a chariot guarded by two coachmen, the other with a coachman at the helm. 

Qin Shi Huang Mausoleum

The mysterious unopened tomb. Speculation abounds as to what may be inside. Today you can visit pits which have been unearthed near the tomb

Pit K0006: unearthed in 2000 it’s a small pit featuring Civil servants

Pit K9901: unearthed in 1999 it features performing artists or Acrobatics Figures.

 

Opening Hours
March 16 to November 15: 8:30 – 18:00
November 16 to March 15: 8:30 – 17:30

Ticket Price (take your passport as its required to show ID)
March to November: CNY150
December to February: CNY120

Ticket price includes Terracotta Warriors and Horses, Emperor Qinshihuang’s Mausoleum Site Museum, Qin Shi Huang’s Mausoleum Site Park, and the shuttle bus in between.

How to get to the Terracotta Warriors Museum

Take the tourist bus line 5 (306) from the east square of Xian Railway Station to its final stop which is the Terracotta Warriors Museum. Cost 7 RMB Time 1 hr

Take a taxi from central Xian to the Terracotta Warriors Museum (CN: 秦兵马俑). Cost 160 RMB Time 50 min

Accommodation

There’s not much near the Terracotta Warriors site, most stay in central Xi’an and it’s about 40km drive from the center of the city.

Also see my intro to Xi’an and the top attractions and the top 15 places to stay in Xi’an

 

 

Terracotta Warriors and Qin Shi Huang Mausoleum Map (click for larger image)

 

 

Terracotta Warriors location Map

The Muslim Quarter in Xian

The Muslim Quarter in Xian

It’s such a fascinating city that not only holds the very birthplace of the Chinese civilization and having a continuous history of over 3000 years, it also holds a long-running co-existence of Hui Muslim culture and Han Chinese culture. It was the first city in China to be introduced to Islam in 651.

 

 

The Muslim Quarter is perhaps one of my favorite places in the city, vibrant and full of life. Traders line the streets with the stalls hawking super fresh and high-quality fruits and vegetables.

 

 

And do not miss the food here!

Also, see my Intro to Xi’an and the top ten attractions and where to stay

 

The Melody Hotel and Where to Stay in Xian

The Melody Hotel and Where to Stay in Xian

Stupidly, I hadn’t booked a hotel when I went to Xi’an and by the time I got on the bus from the airport I was starting to get a little nervous. Fortunately, as I got off the bus in the center of Xi’an it stops right out the front of the Melody Hotel. I walked straight in and booked a room, probably paying twice what I would have had I booked via the net….

The hotel is quite conveniently located right in the center of the city and it’s straight across the road from the Drum Tower, walking distance to the Mosque and the markets, walking distance to the Bell Tower and much more. Whilst it’s not sparkling new by any means, the rooms are comfortable, clean and many have great views towards the Drum Tower.

I’m kinda glad I had a hotel that was quite central within the city walls, only for the sake of making it easy to see some of the key attractions.

Melody Hotel Address: 86 West Street, Xi’an

Check out the latest deals for the Melody Hotel Xi’an. Being a major tourist spot there is a lot of hotels and hostels in the city, see here for my personal picks of the top 15 places to stay in Xi’an

 

Also see my Intro to Xi’an and the top ten attractions

 

Melody Hotel Xi’an Map

Welcome to Xi’an China + Top Ten Attractions/Hotels/Food/Transport

Welcome to Xi’an China + Top Ten Attractions/Hotels/Food/Transport

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 are 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

 

Top Ten Things to Eat in Xi’an

 

 

1. Flatbread in mutton soup (yangrou paomo 泡馍)
2. Kabob (chuan’er 烤串儿)
3. Pomegranate juice (shiliuzhi 石榴汁)
4. Chinese hamburger (roujiamo 肉夾饃)
5. Cold noodles (liangpi 凉皮)
6. Persimmon Cake (柿子饼)
7. Hot and sour soup dumpling (suantang shuijiao 酸汤水饺)
8. Biangbiang noodles (油泼扯面)
9. Glutinous rice and date cake (zenggao 甑糕)
10. Soupy dumpling (tangbao 汤包子)

 

 

Top Ten Must see attractions in Xi’an

 

1.Terracotta Army (兵马俑)
Admission: 110 yuan (includes Qin Shi Huang Mausoleum, Museum of Qin Terracotta Army, Museum of Terracotta Acrobatics, Museum of Terracotta Civil Officials and Museum of Stone Armor)
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (March 16 to Nov. 14); 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Nov. 14 to March 15)
Website: http://www.bmy.com.cn/template/gzb/index_en.aspx

2. Qin Shi Huang Mausoleum (秦始皇陵)
Admission: 110 yuan (includes mausoleum, Museum of Qin Terracotta Army, Museum of Terracotta Acrobatics, Museum of Terracotta Civil Officials and Museum of Stone Armor)
Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

3. Huaqing Hot Springs (Huaqing Palace) (华清池)
Address: 38 Huaqing Road
Admission: 40 yuan (December to February); 70 yuan (March to November)
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Website: http://www.hqc.cn/en/index.asp

4. Big Wild Goose Pagoda (大雁塔)
Admission: 50 yuan entrance fee; 30 yuan to climb pagoda Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Website: http://www.xiandayanta.com/english/egindex.htm

5. Daming Palace Site (大明宫国家遗址公园)
Address: 78 Xuanwu Road
Admission: 60 yuan
Website: http://english.dmgyz.com/

6. Xi’an cuisine (品尝西安美食)
The noodles and dumplings are not to be missed! Local cooking methods include frying, sauteing, braising and frequent use of salt, vinegar, capsicum, and garlic. Popular local snacks include Yang Rou Pao Mo, Rou Jia Mo, and Cold Rice Noodles, see the top 10 eats in Xi’an further below.

7. City Wall (城墙)
Admission: 40 yuan
Hours: 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. (spring and summer); 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. (fall and winter)
Website: http://www.xacitywall.com/english.htm

8. Tang Paradise (大唐芙蓉园)
Address: 99 Furong West Road, Qujiang New District
Admission: 90 yuan (March to November); 68 yuan (December to February)
Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Website: http://www.tangparadise.cn/en/index.php

9. Bell and Drum Towers (钟鼓楼)
Admission: 27 yuan each, or 40 yuan for a joint ticket
Hours: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. (April to October); 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (November to March)
Website: http://www.xazgl.com/ewzjj.asp

10. Forest of Stone Steles Museum (Xi’an Beilin Museum) (碑林博物馆)
Address: 15 Sanxue Street
Admission: 45 yuan (March to November); 30 yuan (December to February)
Hours: 8 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. (March to November, last entry 6 p.m.); 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (December to February, last entry 5:15 p.m.)

 

Xi’an Attractions and top ten places to stay

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Transport in Xi’an

 

Flights
Xian Xianyang International Airport is 47km (29 miles) to the northwest of Xian city center. It handles international and domestic flights. There are 15 airport shuttle bus lines running from the airport and the journey takes a bit over an hour, visit the ticket center on the 1st floor of T3 to choose the correct bus.

Train
The city is a major rail hub and has three stations being
Xian Railway Station which supports the slower T, K, Z type trains and overnight sleeper trains
North Railway Station which supports High Speed Rail services via D and G type trains
South Railway Station which supports K type trains

My suggestion is to always try to use the HSR services from North Station as they are modern and fast. It might be romantic to travel by overnight train and ‘save’ money on a hotel, but it’s unlikely that you’ll get any sleep. But, by all means, give it a try if you are inclined to experience that kind of rail journey. It’s always best to buy tickets in advance as much as possible as they do sell out.

You can easily buy tickets within the city at:
Drum Tower West Square 鼓楼西广场 – No. 55, West Street 08:30 ~ 19:30
Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Xiaozhai Branch 中国工商银行小寨支行 – No. 96, Middle Chang’an Road 09:00 ~ 16:30

Bus
There are 13 Tourist bus lines that travel to all the major outlying attractions. There is also a double-decker urban tourist line that travels around the city center.

The Urban Tourist bus which covers all the attractions in the city center has a north and south line, both departing from the Grand Park Xian Hotel.

Tourist buses to outlying attractions

Xian Bus 306 – Tourist Bus Line 5 to Terracotta Army Museum
Route: East Square of Xian Railway Station – Terracotta Army Museum
Main Stops: Polytechnic University – University of Science and Technology – Nursing Home of Xinjiang Military Area – Nursing Home of Land Forces – Cableway of the Lishan Mountain – Huaqing Hot Springs – Lintong Museum
Ticket Fare: CNY2-7
Operating Time: 07:00 – 19:00 every 10 to 30 minutes from the railway station; 08:10 – 19:00 from Terracotta Army
Duration: 70 minutes

Tourist Bus to Mt. Huashan
Departs from East Square of Xian Railway Station.
Ticket Fare: CNY39.5 one way; CNY66.5 return (valid for 3 days)
Duration: 1.5 hours
Operating Hours: 06:30 – 19:00

Tourist Line 4
Route: Public Library – Yangling Mausoleum of Han Dynasty
Main Stops: Zhangjiabu – City Sports Park
Ticket Fare: CNY2
Operating Time: from the library: 08:30, 10:20, 12:00, 13:40, 15:20 and 17:00; from the mausoleum: 09:30, 11:10, 12:50, 14:30, 16:10 and 18:00
Duration: 40 minutes

Tourist Line 6
Route: Big Wild Goose Pagoda – Tangyuan
Main Stops: Guanyin Temple – Tielu Temple – Qinglong Temple – Qujiang Campus of the University of Technology – Qujiang Eco Garden – Northwest Women & Children Hospital – Qujiang Management Committee
Ticket Fare: CNY2
Operating Time: 7:00 – 19:30

Tourist Line 7
Route: Xian Railway Station – Vocational and Technical College
Main Stops: Xincheng Square / Shaanxi Provincial People’s Government – Bell Tower – South Gate – Small Wild Goose Pagoda – Xian Museum – Shaanxi Provincial Stadium – Talent Market – Xidian University – International University
Ticket Fare: CNY2
Operating Time: 07:00 – 19:30

Tourist Line 8 (No. 610)
Route: Yuejiazhai Public Transport Hub – Zhaocun Village East
Main Stops: Xian Railway Station – Revolutionary Park – Bell Tower – Drum Tower – Zhuque Gate – Small Wild Goose Pagoda – Chang’an Overpass / Conservatory of Music – Shaanxi History Museum – Big Wild Goose Pagoda – Tang Paradise – Qujiang Ocean Park
Ticket Fare: CNY1-2
Operating Time: 06:30 – 19:30

Tourist Line 9 (No. 320)
Route: North Jinhua Road – Qinling Zoological Park
Main Stops: Huzhu Road Overpass – SAGA Computer City – Big Wild Goose Pagoda – Shaanxi Provincial Shooting Gallery – International Conference Center – TV Tower – Northwest University of Politics & Law – Institute of Post & Telecommunications – United University
Ticket Fare: CNY1-4
Operating Time: 06:00 – 20:00 from North Jinhua Road; 06:00 – 19:30 from the zoo

Tourist Line 10
Route: Weihe River Electric Power Plant – East Railway Station
Main Stops: City Sports Park – Zhangjiabu – Fengcheng 5th Road – Public Library – Yahe Garden – North Gate – Xian Railway Station – Wonderful Mall
Ticket Fare: CNY0.5-5
Operating Time: 06:20 – 19:30

Tourist Line to Yangxian County
Ticket Fare: CNY 70
Duration: 3 hours
Operating Hours: From Xian Bus Station of Shaanxi: 07:30, 09:40, 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 13:30, 15:30, 16:30, 18:00; from Yangxian County Bus Station: 09:10, 10:30, 11:50, 12:50, 14:10, 15:40.

Tourist Line to Taibai Mountain
Ticket Fare: CNY 37.5
Duration: 1 hour 40 minutes
Operating Hours: 08:00 – 18:00

Xian Tourist BusTourist Line to Ma Wei Yi Folk Village
Ticket Fare: CNY 17.5
Duration: 1 hour
Operating Hours: 06:30, 07:00, 07:30, 08:00, 08:30, 09:00, 10:00, 10:30, 11:00, 11:30, 12:00, 12:30, 13:00, 13:30, 14:00, 14:30, 15:00, 16:00, 16:30, 17:00

Tourist Line to Zhashui Karst Cave
Ticket Fare: CNY 33.5
Duration: 2 hours
Operating Hours: 07:30, 09:00, 10:00, 11:30, 12:30, 14:00, 15:00, 16:30, 17:30, 18:30

Tourist Line to Dihua Ancient Town
Ticket Fare: CNY 51
Duration: 2.5 hours
Operating Hours: 07:30 – 18:00 with the frequency of 60 minutes

Mountain Tourist Line 1
Route: North Square of Big Wild Goose Pagoda – Lou Guan Tai Forest Park
Main Stops: Qinling Zoo – Fengyukou Valley – Xiangyu Forest Park – Hutai Grape Base – Taiping National Forest Park – Golden Dragon Valley – Zhuque National Forest Park – Fortune God Cultural Zone – Qinling Botanical Garden
Ticket Fare: CNY2-12
Operating Time: 8:30 – 11:00 from Big Wild Goose Pagoda; 13:30 – 17:30 from Lou Guan Tai Forest Park
Duration: 1 hour and 50 minutes

Mountain Tourist Line 2
Route: North Square of Big Wild Goose Pagoda – Hongzhai
Main Stops: Baolongyu Valley – Zhixiang Temple – Land Force Institute of PLA – South Wutai Mountain – Mt. Cuihua – Dayukou Valley
Ticket Fare: CNY2-9
Operating Time: 8:00 – 17:00 from Big Wild Goose Pagoda; 10:00 – 15:00 from Hongzhai

Taxi
Flagfall is CNY8.5 which includes the first 3 kilometers (1.9 miles) add CNY2 for every extra kilometer (about 0.6 mile) after that. Add 50% empty return fee if the journey is more than 12 kilometers (around 7.5 miles).

Example costs from downtown:
To Xian North Railway Station: CNY50-60
To Xianyang International Airport: CNY120-130 and CNY150 at night
To Terracotta Warriors: around CNY150;

 

Metro (subway)

Xian 2018 Metro Map

 

 

Useful websites for planning Xi’an trip

Official Xi’an Tourism website
Xi’an at travelchinaguide.com
Xi’an at WikiTravel.org
Top 15 Hotels in Xian

 

 

backstreets of Xi’an

 

Chengdu to Xian Flight on China Southern

I really wanted to make this trip via train, but it seemed difficult to book a ticket on short notice, plus the extremely helpfull staff at the Traffic Hotel in Chengdu where pretty keen to suggest the plane was going to be the best option.

So the flight was booked, with the cheapest option at that time being via China Southeast Airlines (China Southern).

Chengdu Airport isn’t huge but it sure gets busy. I booked a private car to take me straight to the airport, it seemed like simple no fuss way to go and it was comparitively cheap. I remember walking into the airport and just being daunted by the sight of so many rows of people, and how many people there was in each row lining up to check-in.

So which line was I supposed to get in? No idea, so I just jumped in one and after waiting in line handed my tickets over and got checked in. Lucky guess.

Then theres the line upo for security checks, lucky I got to the aiport more than an hour before the flight left…

No complaints with the flight, the staff spoke english and were all freindly. The flight takes just over one hour, it almost takes longer to check-in! The flight was smooth and the economy seats are comfortable enough, the flights hardly long enough to get uncomfortable, it seems like that not long after take off your preparing for landing…

I didn’t hang around too long in Xian Airport, I walked out the front, got on a shuttle bus and fortunately, what seemed like 30 minutes later, it pulled up in the city of Xian, right out the front of the Melody Hotel. Fortunate, as I hadn’t booked a hotel at this stage!