From the bustling, sizzling, streets and stalls of the Muslim quarter, to the quiet awe of the ancient pagodas, to the down-right wonder of the terracotta warriors, Xi’an is a city that wears its multi-cultural heart on its sleeve.
Lying at the terminus of the Silk Road, for 13 dynasties Xi’an was the capital of China and one of the most industrious cities in the world. Now it’s a city in flux, a quickly growing metropolis which buzzes with culture, history and ambition.
You’ll start this experience at Xi’an’s most well-known tourist attraction, the Terracotta Warriors. After seeing the warriors, you’ll go for food at a local restaurant before being driven back to Xi’an. Then in the afternoon, you’ll visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, which is a Buddhist structure dating back to the Tang Dynasty. You’ll be travelling with a private guide who’ll customise the day to suit you and explain the fascinating history behind the things you’re seeing.
As in the rest of China, you’ll need Chinese Yuan in Xi’an. Chinese cities are very well connected with card machines and ATMs everywhere. If you spend any time in the countryside, we would recommend taking some cash just in case.
Yes, you need a visa to enter China. Getting a visa to travel to China (in our experience) is a pretty long process which often involves sending your passport to the Chinese consulate. As such, you should do this long before you plan to travel. You can apply for a ten-year multiple entry visa .
We would recommend visiting Xi’an in the spring or autumn (March-May and September-November). The summer months can be very hot and the winters very cold.
Xi’an is less expensive than many other cities in China, particularly Shanghai and Beijing. However, as the city develops further, the costs are catching up. There are some great budget options for accommodation and food to be had in Xi’an if you shop around.