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Introduction

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Xi’an is not only a historical and culture city, but also a trendy city permeated with modern tempo. Xi’an used to be a world-renowned leisure city a thousand years ago. In Han and Tang dynasties, Chang’an city had Huaqing and Tangyu Hot springs in the vicinity. The poem “Peach blossom and hot spring water in March make one feel indulged spring” which explains the easy and comfortable life attitude has been passed down up till now.

Capitalizing on the advantageous geographic environment and hot spring resources, Xi’an has developed many hot spring bathing sites. The magic therapeutic effects proved by the hot springs have drawn the interests of many tourists from home and aboard. The light and electrical motorcade parade converging the culture of thirteen dynasties is a culture event as well as an art exhibition which demonstrates the historical changes and splendid culture of Chinese nation. Apart from the long history and rich culture, Chinese and western style mixed bars and elegant golf sport add a modern flavor to the ancient capital of Xi’an.

Xi'an, the eternal city, records the great changes of the Chinese nation just like a living history book. Called Chang'an in ancient times, Xi'an is one of the birthplaces of the ancient civilization in the Yellow River Basin area of the country. During Xi'an's 3,100 year development, 13 dynasties such as Western Zhou (11th century BC - 771 BC), Qin (221 BC - 206 BC), Western Han (206 BC - 24 AD) and Tang (618 - 907) placed their capitals here. So far, Xi'an enjoys equal fame with Athens, Cairo, and Rome as one of the four major ancient civilization capitals.

Xi'an is the capital of Shaanxi province, located in the southern part of the Guanzhong Plain. With the Qinling Mountains to the south and the Weihe River to the north, it is in a favorable geographical location surrounded by water and hills. It has a semi-moist monsoon climate and there is a clear distinction between the four seasons. Except the colder winter, any season is relatively suitable for traveling.

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Xi'an, the eternal city, records the great changes of the Chinese nation just like a living history book. Called Chang'an in ancient times, Xi'an is one of the birthplaces of the ancient civilization in the Yellow River Basin area of the country. During Xi'an's 3,100 year development, 13 dynasties such as Western Zhou (11th century BC - 771 BC), Qin (221 BC - 206 BC), Western Han (206 BC - 24 AD) and Tang (618 - 907) placed their capitals here. So far, Xi'an enjoys equal fame with Athens, Cairo, and Rome as one of the four major ancient civilization capitals.

Xi'an is the capital of Shaanxi province, located in the southern part of the Guanzhong Plain. With the Qinling Mountains to the south and the Weihe River to the north, it is in a favorable geographical location surrounded by water and hills. It has a semi-moist monsoon climate and there is a clear distinction between the four seasons. Except the colder winter, any season is relatively suitable for traveling.

The cultural and historical significance of the area, as well as the abundant relics and sites, help Xi'an enjoy the laudatory title of 'Natural History Museum'. The Museum of Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses is praised as 'the eighth major miracle of the world', Mausoleum of Emperor Qin Shi Huang is listed on the World Heritage List, and the City Wall of the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644) is the largest and most intact Ming Dynasty castle in the world. In the city, there is the 3,000 year old Banpo Village Remains from the Neolithic Age (approximately from 8000 BC to 5000 BC), and the Forest of Stone Steles that holds 3,000 stone steles of different periods from the Han Dynasty to the Qing Dynasty. Around Xi'an, the Famen Temple enjoys the reputation of being the 'forefather of pagodas and temples in Central Shaanxi,' because it holds the finger bones of Sakyamuni -- the founder of Buddhism. The natural landscape around Xi'an is also marvelous Mt.Huashan one of the five best-known mountains in China, is famous for its breath-taking cliffs and its unique characteristics.

Traditional downtown Xi'an refers to the area encircled by the city wall, this has now been expanded to encompass the area within the second ring road (Er' huan Lu). The Bell Tower is the geographical center of Xi'an and the four main streets are respectively Dong Dajie, Xi Dajie, Nan Dajie and Bei Dajie which are also the main commercial streets. Xiao Zhai, the busiest commercial area is in the southern part of the city and is popular with both youths and students since many universities are located here. Shuyuan Men and the still under construction Luoma Shi are must-visit pedestrian streets in the city. Xi'an is also famous for its quantity of colleges throughout China. The old campuses of many colleges and universities are massed in the southern suburb of Xi'an, but most have established new campuses in far southern suburb - Chang'an District due to the lack of space within the city.

As tourist development grows in Xi'an, the hotel industry flourishes more and more. It is very easy to find a hotel in Xi'an, ranging from 5 star hotels to youth hostels. Of course, it will be any traveler's first choice to stay in the city center due to the superior geographical location and the convenient transportation.

Praised as 'the capital of table delicacies', Xi'an has been rich in the delicious Shaanxi snack, delicate Guangdong Cuisine, various kinds of fashionable foreign delicacies, and popular Sichuan Cuisine such as the hot pot. Among all the delicacies, the most famous and popular one is the Muslim Snack Street.

Xi'an is the most important city in northwest China, and so there are a lot of shopping outlets for locals and tourists alike. There are many big shopping centers, department stores and supermarkets in and around Xi'an city - the biggest and most comprehensive being Kai Yuan Shopping Mall and Century Ginwa Shopping Mall.

The night life in Xi'an has a unique glamour. Traditional ways include enjoying the night scenery around the Bell Tower, taking part in a Tang Dynasty Dinner Show, strolling on the ancient Big Wild Goose Pagoda Square and watching the music fountain performance. More modern and fashionable ways include singing in the KTV, hanging out in a bar, or dancing in a Disco. All in all, any experience in this ancient city will bring you fun and possibly a little surprise!

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History

 

Xi'an is has a very important part in Chinese history. It served as the imperial capital for 12 ancient imperial dynasties from 1,000 BC to 1,000 AD. Xi'an’s history began in the Stone Age, 3, 000 years ago when the Western Zhou Dynasty founded its capital at Haojing, today’s Xi'an. Western Zhou Dynasty was famous for its bronze, some of which is now displayed in Shaanxi Provincial Museum.

Barbarian invader caused the collapsed of the Western Zhou Dynasty in 771 BC. The Eastern Zhou Dynasty began and made its capital at Luoyang. In 221BC, emperor Qinshihuang unified the country and built a strong feudal society, with its capital at Xi'angyang, north of Xi'an. The Qin was soon sacked and Han took the power. The Han rulers followed Qin and also based their rule in Xi'an. The Han ruled in Xi'an from 206 BC to 220 AD, when the city began to flourish.

Xi'an was served as the starting point of the world famous Silk Road, a significant trade route linking ancient China and the central Asian and European countries. But it wasn't’t until the Tang Dynasty that Chang’an (today’s Xi'an) came into its own. Chang’an was one of the biggest international cities at that time, a great metropolis of the equal importance with Great Rome. The Tang Dynasty witnessed advances in many fields and the capital city boomed. It was built with grand, symmetrical layouts and became a model for city design at that time. After the fall of the Tang Dynasty, Xi'an went into a decline and its tenure as capital of China came to an end.

Although Xi'an still played an important role as a commercial center on the Silk Road in the later dynasties, it never regained its political or cultural importance.

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Best Time to Visit

 

Xi'an has a humid subtropical climate. The region is characterized by hot, humid summers and cold, dry winters. Spring and autumn are brief in between. Xi'an receives most of its annual precipitation from August to late October in the form of rain. Snow occasionally falls in winter but rarely settles for long. Dust storms often occur during March and April as the city rapidly warms up. Summer seasons also experience frequent but short thunderstorms.

Weather data for Xi'an, China
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average high °C (°F) 3.9
(39)
7.2
(45)
12.7
(55)
20
(68)
25
(77)
30
(86)
30.6
(87)
29.4
(85)
24.4
(76)
18.9
(66)
11.1
(52)
5.6
(42)
Average low °C (°F) -3.9
(25)
-1.1
(30)
3.9
(39)
10
(50)
14.4
(58)
19.4
(67)
21.7
(71)
21.1
(70)
16.1
(61)
10.6
(51)
3.2
(38)
-2.2
(28)

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Local Produce


Yangxian Black Rice Shaanxi Green Tea
Kiwi fruit

Yangxian Black Rice

Similar to ordinary rice but flat and black, black rice Is edible and of medicinal value. Black rice can be used to make porridge either alone or together with sesame, gingko, white wood fungus, dates and crystal sugar. The porridge looks dark red and tastes good. The black rice grown In Yangxian County used to be the tribute In the past, for the soil there Is unique. It was by no means for common people.

Shaanxi Green Tea

Shaanxi green tea Is produced In Ziyang, Xixiang, Ankang, Langao and Hanyin In the Southern part of Shaanxi Province. Apart from caffeine and alkali, the tea also contains some trace elements that are essential to human health. Among these elements, selenium Is the most In quantity, so the tea Is also called “selenium-abundant tea”.

Kiwi fruit

With the nickname Yang Tao, kiwi fruit, originated in China, is well-known in the world. Chinese kiwi fruit was grown in China as early as 2000 to 3000 years ago. It is described in "Compendium of Materia Medica" written by the renowned doctor Li Shizhen in the 16th century as "with the shape of pears and color of peaches, this fruit is named Mihou Tao( macaque peaches) because it is the favorite kiwi fruit of macaques." Chinese kiwi fruit tastes sweet and sour and is rich in vitamin C, amino acid and other mineral substances. It is reputed as "the valuable fruit In the world" because it is not only edible but also nutritious.

Walnuts Lintong Fire-Crystal persimmons
Lintong Pomegranate Huanggui Glutinous Rice Wine

Walnuts In Southern Shaanxi

Walnuts, originally grown In Iran and Afghanistan, were Introduced Into China by Zhang Qian, an envoy who was sent to the Western Regions In the Western Han Dynasty. Though they are widely grown In Southern Shaanxi, the walnuts grown In Shangluo, which are big, thin-shelled and loose-kernelled, enjoy the fame In quality and quantity. The annual productin occupied the first place In the country.

Lintong Pomegranate

Pomegranate was originally grown In Central Asia. It Is said that It was Introduced to China by Zhang Qian when he was sent to the Western Regions as an envoy In the Western Han Dynasty. It was first grown In the Imperial gardens In Chang’an and In the Hot Spring Palace In Lintong. Through 2000 years of propagation and cultivation, pomegranates are now grown all over the country. But Lintong pomegranates are the most famous. There are two kinds of Lintong pomegranates: sweet and sour. Both of them are juicy, red, and big with thin peel.

Crystal Pancakes

Crystal pancakes are traditional Shaanxi pastry bearing a 800-year history. Legend has It that In the Northern Song Dynasty, Kou Zhun, the famous clean official, once went back to his hometown from Beijing. It happened to be his 50th birthday. So his friends and relatives brought peaches, steamed bread, and Inscribed wooden boards for his birthday celebration. During the course of the banguet, a servant brought In an Intricate wooden box In which Kou found 50 crystal-clear pancakes. The red paper sheet that covered the cakes read, “Penetrating are your eyes, and pure Is your heart; being able to tell the loyal from the wicked, you are upright from the start.” The name of the sender was “ an old man from Weibei.” Later, Kou’s chef learned Its cooking technique. The name “ Crystal pancakes” given by kou Is still In use today.

Huanggui Glutinous Rice Wine

Huanggui glutinous rice wine Is one of  the famous drinks In Xi’an. Since sweet-scented osmanthus Is added to the wine when It Is made, It Is called “Huanggui rice wine”, which means “wine with osmanthus”. It was once called “jade pulp” because It is white In color and thick as soybean milk. Huanggui rice wine Is thick, aromatic and delicious. It Is boasts a long history. It Is said to be the favorite of Lady Yang. Du Fu, a famous Tang Dynasty poet, once described Li Bai’s craziness for the wine as “ Li Bai can compose dozens of poems after he drinks wine. He often sleeps In the Inns at the market In Chang’an.” Research has proven that the wine mentioned In the poem Is also rice wine. 

Lintong Fire-Crystal persimmons

datesThe persimmons grown In Lintong District look as red as fire and as clear as crystal, hence the name Fire-crystal persimmons. Though persimmons are popular In Shaanxi, the Fire-crystal persimmons – the local product In Lintong, rank No. 1 In quality. With thin peel and sweet pulp, they are small, fire red, crystal clear, and seedless. Lintong Fire-crystal persimmons can be used to make wine and vinegar despite their popularity as a fresh fruit. They can also help with stomach problems and constipation, stop bleeding, lower blood pressure for their medicinal property apart from their tonic effect. The pancakes made from the persimmons, soft and tasty, are very popular In Xi’an.

Northern Shaanxi dates

Dates are the well-known local product of Northern Shaanxi. Thanks to the favorable natural conditions such as the unique soil, the sunshine, the temperature and the precipitation, the dates grown in Northern Shaanxi are big in size, thick in pulp, red in color and sweet in taste. Dates with various vitamins and minerals are very popular for its rich nutrition. They are edible and have medicinal effect.

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Cuisine


Dumpling Dinner
Dumpling Dinner Dumpling Dinner

Dumpling Dinner

Dumpling Dinner is almost the alternative name refers to the cuisine of Xi`an. Actually, whether you are traveling in the north or the south of China, one delicacy you are almost sure to find on the menu is the dumpling (Jiaozi). A universal favorite, the Chinese dumpling has a long history and is an essential part of celebratory meals such as those prepared for the Chinese Spring Festival. The dumpling can be anything from a quick snack to a delicacy with which to entertain family and friends or the basis of a veritable banquet.

As a story goes that long long ago during the Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220 AD), a doctor named Zhang Zhongjing travelled back to his hometown in the county of Nanyang. He found the people were suffering from an outbreak of typhoid and dying from hunger and cold. In fact the weather was so cold that many had frostbitten ears to add to their troubles. The kindly doctor set about concocting a mixture of mutton, cayenne and a special medicine that he wrapped in a piece of ear-shaped dough. The dumplings he created were fed to the starving people and by New Year's Eve, not only were they saved from the typhoid epidemic but also their frostbitten ears were healed. The doctor's fame became legendary and thus the dumpling became a well-received addition to the Chinese diet.

Xi'an, an ancient city that has been the nation'scapital of many dynasties spanning more than a thousand years, is regarded as the home if not the birthplace of the great dumpling tradition. It was here that the art of creating the most tasty and delicate dumplings was refined and no visit to the city is complete unless you partake of a Dumpling Dinner.

This is an experience for the dumpling connoisseur, the colors, flavors and shapes will tempt the palette, while the elegant names and stories attached to each variety are truly amazing. It is no less amazing that a simple way of preparing food has become so very popular and sophisticated that it is now considered to be as much a work of art as a tasty morsel. Nowadays, the word "Dumpling Dinner" is almost another name referring to a Xi`an tour.

Glutinous Rice Yang Rou Pao Mo

Glutinous Rice with Jujube

The glutinous rice with jujube, a traditional breakfast in central Shaanxi plain, is a kind of dessert made of glutinous rice and jujube steamed in the old rice steamer “Zeng”, with mellow jujube and sticky-sweet rice. The best-know glutinous rice with jujube is made by the Muslims in Lianhu (Lotus Lake) District of Xi’an. The glutinous rice with jujube nowadays is the succession of the “crystal glutinous rice cake” in Tang Dynasty, served for Tang Emperor Zhongzong (Li Zhe) as offerings by his courtier Wei Juyuan..

Yang Rou Pao Mo

Yang Rou Pao Mo (Crumbled Unleavened Bread Soaked in Mutton Stew) is a local dish that is enjoyed throughout Shaanxi Province but is particularly popular in Xi'an City as a traditional nourishing meal. Not only do the local people enjoy it on a regular basis; it is also often appreciated by visiting celebrities. A highly seasoned mutton gravy in which bread is soaked, Yang Rou Pau Mo smells and tastes great. When the weather is cold, this dish is a sure way to warm you up! Many restaurants in Xi'an serve Yang Rou Pao Mo but among the best known is the Lao Sun Jia, established in 1898 and the Tong Sheng Xi'ang where they have been serving excellent food for almost a century. Both establishments can be recommended if you wish to try this special dish.

How Yang Rou Pau Mo is served. The custom is both unique and interesting. When you order themeal you will be given a large bowl and a quantity of round, flat unleavened bread (nan bread). The amount of bread depends entirely upon the size of your appetite! You have to break the bread into small pieces so that it can absorb the flavor of the liquid. Be warned, the bread is hard and it will prove something of a test of strength for your fingers but the smaller you break the pieces, the better the result. Once you have prepared your bread, you pass your bowl to the chef who will stir it into a pot of hot mutton soup. After some five to ten minutes he will ladle the soup and bread back into your bowl with a quantity of mutton.

Adding chili paste, caraway and a specially salted sweet garlic enhances the dish. These together act to reduce the greasiness so often associated with mutton. Yang Rou Pao Mo might not sound as though it could become a favorite with you but if you are seeking to experience something of the local food of the people of western China, this is well worth a try. If you want to taste it at its best, remember to come to Xi'an.

Crystal pancakes Fan's cured meat in pancakes
Cold noodles Cold noodles Cold noodles

Crystal pancakes

Crystal pancakes are traditional Shaanxi pastry bearing a 800- year history. Legend has it that in the Northern Song Dynasty, Kou Zhun, the famous clean official, once went back to his hometown from Beijing. It happened to be his 50th birthday. So his friends and relatives brought peaches, steamed bread, and Inscribed wooden boards for his birthday celebration. During the course of the banquet, a servant brought in an intricate wooden box in which Kou found 50 crystal-clear pancakes. The red paper sheet that covered the cakes read, “Penetrating are your eyes, and pure is your heart; being able to tell the loyal from the wicked, you are upright from the start." The name of the sender was "an old man from Weibei." Later, Kou's chef learned its cooking technique. The name "Crystal pancakes" given by Kou is still in use today.

Cold noodles

Cold noodles are a local dish in Southern Shaanxi and Central Shaanxi. The cold noodles made in Central Shaanxi are generally made from the wheat flour through steaming while those made in Southern Shaanxi are made from the rice flour through the same process. Cold noodles are served after they are mixed with gluten, bean sprouts, sliced cucumber, chili oil, soy sauce, vinegar, and garlic sauce. Sometimes, they can be served as a hot snack after they are stir-fried with sliced meat, sausage and greens.

Fan's cured meat in pancakes

Fan's cured meat in pancakes is one of the traditional Shaanxi delicacies. In fact they are pancakes made of high-quality wheat flour stuffed with cured meat. Fan's cured meat appeared in Xi’an a long time ago, and there is a story about it. In the Tang Dynasty, an official called "Fan" lived in Eastern Chang'an. Once he financed a young man when his mother died. Ten years later, this young man became wealthy through his cured meat business. To show his gratitude, he wanted to Fan's 80th birthday with an intricately built coffin made of Chinese prickly ash wood. In the coffin there hid cured meat made of 250 kg of lean meat. Since there were many guests on the day, Fan did not take any notice of the coffin. Ten years later when Fan died of illness, the family had no means of making a living but sell property. At last, they found the coffin in the small house. When the family opened it, there was the aromatic and freshly looking cured meat! Mrs. Fan sent it for sale in the market and it was well received. More people rushed to the family for the meat. Mrs. Fan put some fresh meat into the juice. The newly cooked cured meat was just as delicious. Then the Fans' fame of their cured meat went apace.

Qianxian Guo Kui Qishan noodles Qishan noodles
Huanggui persimmon pancakes Tong's cured mutton Huanggui persimmon pancakes

Qianxian Guo Kui

Guo Kui, a well-known snack in Qianxian County, is thick in the middle and thin on the verge with designs of the wheel on the surface. It is crisp and tasty and is always a good present for friends and relatives. When it is made, the wheat flour is mixed with a minimum amount of water and then baked over low flame so that it is easy to be stored and handy to take because it contains very little moisture. That is why it is often the custom of the local people of Shaanxi to travel with it as their food. Guo Kui is one of the "Ten Strange Features" in Central Shaanxi and it is often described as big as a lid of a wok.

Qishan noodles with ingredients

Qishan noodles have a long history and became well-known as early as the Qing Dynasty. The noodles must be hand-made of good wheat flour. The ingredients include pork shreds, day lily, egg, wood fungus, and bean curd which are flavored with a variety of spices. Qishan noodles originated in Qishan County, hence the name Qishan noodles. When they are served, there is more soup, which tastes sour and hot, than noodles in the bowl.

Huanggui persimmon pancakes

Huanggui persimmon pancakes are a specialty in Xi'an. They are made of Lintong fire-crystal persimmon, wheat flour, osmanthus sauce, rose petals, walnuts and sugar; and then they are baked until golden colored on both sides. Among the local people there is a story about the pancakes. In 1644, Li Zicheng, a peasant rebel leader in the Ming Dynasty, occupied Xi'an and claimed himself king. When Li's army was setting off to attack Beijing, the capital city, the local people could provide them nothing but some pancakes due to the great famine in the year. Those pancakes were made of persimmons mixed with wheat flour, so they were fairly hungry-resistant. Every soldier felt energetic after eating them. As a result, Beijing was soon occupied. The local people in Lintong would make pancakes to commemorate Li Zicheng ever since. Years of improvement have formed the cooking method of the pancakes we have today.

The Tong's cured mutton

Nianzhipo Tong Family's Cured Mutton Store is an age-old Muslim food store with a history of more than 200 years. It enjoys a high reputation in Xi'an for its ruddy, savory and crisp cured mutton. There is a much-told story about this local specialty. Empress Dowager Cixi of the late Qing Dynasty smelt the savory meat from afar, when she drove down the West Street in an Imperial carriage during her visit to Xi'an. Then, she stopped to send for the meat, and expressed appreciation for its delicious taste after she enjoyed it. Again she asked Minister of War Zhao Fuqiao's teacher to write down the three characters "Nian Zhi Po" to mark her visit. The characters were then framed into a horizontal tablet, and the tablet was hanged over the door as a store sign. From then on, the Tong Family's Cured Mutton Store has become all the more famous far and wide.

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Shopping Centre


Shu Yuan Men
East Avenue Ba Xian Temple Antique Market

Xi'an, as one of the important cities in western China, developed rapidly these years. With the progress of the local commerce, shopping in Xi'an is much convenient now. Commercial districts are comparatively centralized, it is easy for tourists to find the daily necessities and local products in and around the city center area.

Shu Yuan Men

Shu Yuan Men is another street where antique shops line up and almost cover the complete street.

East Avenue

East Avenue is taken as one of the busiest commercial areas in Xi'an. Comparatively, architectures in East Avenue are irregularity, some are grand buildings like Haytt Hotel or Parkson Shopping Mall while some are two-story old houses going to be overhauled. The stores here emphasizes the common brands clothes including Baleno, Jeanswest and Jack&Jones, etc. shoe stores and some small ornaments stores. The largest shopping malls here in the street are Kaiyuan, Eastar and Parkson East Avenue Branch. In addition, local snacks of fried pork slice, ironed squid and ice-cream bar are popular among people shopping and wandering here.

Kai Yuan Shopping Mall

Kai Yuan Shopping Mall

It is regarded as one of the biggest shopping mall in Xi'an. With reasonable prices and good quality commodities as well as good services, Kai Yuan enjoys a good reputation in Xi'an and is a very popular shopping mall. Add: East Street, Xi’an  Opening Hours: 9:00am-8: 30pm

Ba Xian Temple Antique Market

Ba Xian Gong antiques market, also known as the Ba Xian An local antique market, located in Xi'an Beilin District Anren Fang. The whole market is a two-tier antique-style wooden building, with more than 40 stores. It sells all different kinds of antique such as terra-cotta figures,calligraphy, jade caving, porcelain, handicraft etc. Every Sunday morning, there is "Ghost market" (in the summer of ghost city began about 5:00 in the morning, winter is around 6:30).

Century Ginwa Shopping Mall

Century Ginwa Shopping Mall

Located between the ancient Bell tower and Drum tower, Century Ginwa Shopping Mall is a high quality, exclusive shopping center. There are over sixty world-famous brands for discriminating customers, including Bally, Burberry, Dior, Givenchy, Lancome, Estee Lauder, and many more all of which make Ginwa a fashion center in Xi'an. Add: the Bell Tower and Drum Tower Square, Xi'an. Opening Hours: 9:00am-8: 30pm

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Entertainment

1+1 Disco Defu Lane
Habana Club

Xi'an is an internationally famed tourist destination and also one of the most developed cities in western China. Visitors can enjoy the old fashioned and antique flavor of the local sights by day, and modern style bars and clubs by night. Nightlife entertainment in Xi'an has started relatively recently, but has developed rapidly. Xi'an has more bars, clubs and discos than most cities of its size in China. If you would rather spend your night in a more traditional setting, sipping a tea in a Chinese teahouse, aim for one of the elegant teahouses of South Avenue or Defu Lane. Another option is an entertaining visit to the local Qin Opera or Tang Dynasty Show.

1+1 Disco

It's one of the most popular disco clubs in Xi'an. The decoration of the disco is a bit heavy metallic. Every midnight there will be some events.

Park Qin

Located just inside the South Gate, Park Qin with the unique decoration to the variety of drink specials, happy hours, and theme parties, it is a fantastic place to enjoy nightlife.

Habana Club

The pulsating sound of live Latin music and creative cocktails thrill patrons in this superbly fulfilled the club.Besides, it features 10 karaoke rooms with a big selection of international and Chinese hits.

Defu Lane

As the saying goes, “there is a Sanlitun in Beijing , there is a Defu Lane in Xi’an.” Cafes and bars, big and small, cram in an alley no more than 200 meters long. The mixture of ancient Chinese-style buildings and elegant European-style buildings create a romance in the small lane of the ancient capital.

Salsa Club Carats Jazz Bar & Coffee King garden Bar

Salsa Club

The Club Salsa was set up at the beginning of this year. It has already become one of the most crowded clubs in Xi'an and also one of the best clubs around. It has good looking and reasonable prices, as busy as a club must be on weekends,and most of all the musics DJ invited were excellent among the scope.

Carats Jazz Bar & Coffee

Carats Jazz Bar & Coffee is the first large scale Jazz Bar in northwest with unique decoration. This bar has wonderful Jazz music in Xi'an. There are Jazz shows every night after ten and many Jazz Master's pictures on the wall. 3 Carats Jazz Bar& Coffee is a new fresh air in Xi'an's nightlife.

King garden Bar

The bar is located just outside the Yuxiang Gate, next to the ancient city walls. This bar integrated the traditional buildings with the hot music. Unlike other bars, this one has Chinese musical instrument shows every night, from nine to midnight. Visitors can sit in the courtyard, enjoying beers and the moonlight. The bar invites local bands every night, and sometimes invites some artists from other cities to the bar.

Hou Jiao Ba

This bar is owned by some young. And this bar is very famous among the young, they love here. Some one said: "because we're young, so we love it!" You may have a try with the music. It’s nice to see many good pictures masters of Jazz on the wall. You can have fun with many people, different nations sharing same joy in the bar.

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Transportation

Airport Airport
train station bus

By Air

Xi'an's airport is located 50 km (about 31 miles) northwest of downtown Xi'an in Xi'anyang, a neighboring city. Ranked as the fourth most frequented airport in China, Xi'anyang International Airport (XIY) is home to 68 domestic daily flights from almost every major Chinese destination. From Jiuzhaigou, Ningbo, Zhengzhou and Lianyungang, etc. to Xi'an are newly opened domestic routes. International airlines from Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand totally 10 Asian cities are well established services of XIY. In 2005, there opened 7 new international airline routs from Germany, France, Britain, America and Canada via transfers in Beijing. In 2006, other 8 international airline routs from Europe, America and Asian are opening via transfers in Shanghai. International air connections with Hong Kong and Macao are also available depending on the airline schedule. Presently, with a total of 25 international air routs, Xi'an has become the city with most international connections in Western China.

Xi'anyang International Airport Enquiry: There are shuttle busses between the airport and the urban area with a 25 Yuan admission fee per person. Alternatively, at a price of 100 - 120 Yuan the journey can be made by taxi.

Here we will offer some information on shuttle bus in detail.
Line 1-between airport and Melody Hotel near the Bell Tower.
Tourists can reach many luxurious hotels in the city center by this line, like Hyatt Regency, Howard Johnson Ginwa Plaza Hotel, Bell Tower Hotel, Prince International Hotel and City Hotel, etc.
Line 2-between airport and railway station, passes by Qinfeng Hotel and Jiefang Hotel, passengers can take this line to get to the Diamond International Hotel.
Line 3-between airport and Huoju Dasha in Xi'an Hi-tech zone.
Line 4-between airport and Guomao Dasha in southern suburb, passes by Tangcheng Hotel and Orient Hotel.
Line 5-between airport and Jianguo Hotel in eastern suburb, passes by Empress Hotel.
Line 6 is between airport and downtown Xi'anyang, which passes Caihong Hotel of Xi'anyang City.

Though shuttle bus departing at downtown area leaves hourly from 6:00 to 18:00 for airport, the line 2 to 5 may be not in service after 15:00 or 16:00 except Line 1. While the departing time of bus from airport to downtown be according to the arrival time of flights. Even passengers of late arrivals can catch the service, but it will take passengers to Melody Hotel (near the Bell Tower) possibly not on to other destinations of lines above.

By Train

With a reputation as 'the Gateway to the West', Xi'an Railway Station is one of the most pivotal terminals of the domestic railway system. It is the key junction between the southwest and the northwest, and forms a connecting link between the east and the west of China. The station lies in the north urban area, so it will take you about half an hour by car from the downtown area. Buses traveling to the railway station can be found on every main street, and will only cost you 1 or 2 Yuan. If you choose to travel by taxi, the fare should be less than 10 Yuan (from the city center). Purchasing train tickets can be troublesome for foreigners, as the ticket windows are usually crowded and have few English-speaking staff. One solution to such a problem is to ask for the ticket-booking service at any star rated hotel, who will offer their assistance for a nominal service charge. You are better off buying train tickets one week in advance of travel, especially during the peak travel seasons.

By Bus

The highway transportation to Xi'an extends in all direction. Long-distance buses commute between Xi'an and many large cities, covering 18 provinces and over 300 cities and counties. The Xi'an long-distance bus line terminal, which has been ranked as the highest class station in the whole nation, lies to the southwest of the railway station. People usually buy bus tickets on the same day of travel. Generally speaking, though the price is much more economical, foreigners are not encouraged to take the long-distance busses due to general hardship and fatigue. If at all possible, the plane and train are better choices.

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Map of Xi'an

 

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