2011/10/09

Xian Travel Guide

Xian, located in central-northwest China, records the great changes of the country just like a living history book. Called Chang'an (meaning the eternal city) in ancient times, Xian is one of the birthplaces of the ancient Chinese civilization in the Yellow River Basin area. As the eastern terminal of the Silk Road and the site of the famous Terracotta Warriors of the Qin Dynasty, Xian has won a reputation all over the world. More than 3,000 years of history including over 1,100 years as the capital city of ancient dynasties, have endowed Xian with an amazing historical heritage. Tourists marvel at the numerous historical sites and cultural relics in and around the city.

Known as the leading city of China's Western Development Drive Program since 1990s, Xian is an important economic, cultural, industrial and educational center of the central-northwest region, providing visitors with modern and convenient facilities.

 Xian Facts      Xian History      Int'l Horticultural Expo 2011, Xian

 Xian Attractions

Terracotta Army in Xian
Terracotta Warriors
Xian City Wall
Xian City Wall
Xian Bell Tower
Bell & Drum Tower
Xian Great Mosque
Great Mosque
Mt. Huashan in Xian
Huashan Mountain
Xian Big Wild Goose Pagoda
Big WildGoose Pagoda
Shaanxi History Museum
Shaanxi HistoryMuseum
Xian Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show
Tang Dynasty Musicand Dance Show
Famen Temple, Xian
FamenTemple
Hanyangling Mausoleum, Xian
HanyanglingMausoleum
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 Xian Transportation
Xian Transportation
Xian is one of the most important and convenient travel hubs in central and western China. Frequent flights, trains and buses connect Xian with other major cities all around China. The urban transportation of Xian has been somewhat frustrating in recent years because of the subway construction. Subway line 2 will be in operation in 2011. Several other lines are also under construction or in the planning process. For now the buses and taxis can take you to getting around the city.
 Xian Airport  By Train  Long-Distance Bus
 By City-Bus  By Taxi & Bicycle  By Subway
Yang Rou Pao Mo in Xian
Praised as 'the capital of table delicacies', Xian has been rich in delicious local snacks such as the must-try Yang Rou Pao Mo (Crumbled Unleavened Bread Soaked in Mutton Stew), Liang Pi (Cold Noodles) and Rou Jia Mo (Hot Meat Sandwich). Tourists can also find delicate Guangdong dishes, popular Sichuan food and various kinds of fashionable foreign delicacies.
 Yang Rou Pao Mo  Dumpling Dinner  Local Xian Snacks
 Local Xian Dishes  Chinese and Western Restaurants in Xian
Shopping at Xian Shuyuanmen
Curio and craftwork is a feature of Xian Shopping and of course an attraction for tourists. Shu Yuan Men (The Arts Street) and Xian Antique Market are recommended for buying souvenirs such as the Tang tri-colored glazed pottery, replicas of Terracotta warriors, as well as folk handicrafts of paper-cut and shadow puppet. Also there are many modern shopping outlets, including big shopping centers, department stores and supermarkets in and around Xian city - the biggest and most comprehensive being Kai Yuan Shopping Mall and Century Ginwa Shopping Mall.
Xian Nightlife
The night life in Xian has a unique glamour. Tourists can enjoy the night scenery around the Bell Tower, stroll around the ancient Big Wild Goose Pagoda and view the music and light fountain performance on the north square under the pagoda, as well as watch a Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show or a show of the local Shaanxi Opera (Qin Qiang). For the party-loving owls, more modern and fashionable hangouts are available in Xian, including the various karaoke bars, discos and nightclubs.
Travelers in Xian
Practical travel tips and suggestions on Xian are offered in this part for visitors' better travel experience in this city. You may be interested in the following topics:
 Foreign Consulates
 Banks
 Hospitals
 Useful Numbers
 Area Code
 Post Office
 Zip Code
 Toilet Facilities
 Internet Bars
 Bookstores

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