Xian Tourism

One of China's four historic capitals under several dynasties, Xi'an is a mixture of the old world of the Middle Kingdom and the brand new. With over 8 million people making the city their home, there's plenty to do and see. Most famous for the Terracotta Warriors discovered only recently by a farmer digging his fields, there are many reasons to visit Xi’an including the fact that it is the centre of China's space program. It is also one end of the famous “silk road” one of the oldest trading routes in Asia.

Xi'an covers nearly 10,000 square kilometres, and you'll find it hard to get to see the entire city unless you're staying for months. It stands on the West bank of the Feng River and the South bank of the Wei River to the North where the city meets the Qinling Mountains..

Essential travel information and Xian tips for your visit

  • You won't be able to drive in China without a Chinese driving licence – international permits are not recognised.
  • As with all destinations in China, if you want accommodation of a standard you are used to back home, you'd be well advised to stay in an internationally branded 5 star hotel.

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Xian

  • Know the pollution level of Xian before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 94.79 (Very High)
    • Water Pollution 73.44 (High)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 65.63 (High)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 73.44 (High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 65.63 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 50 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 86.84 (Very High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 67.19 (High)
  • How safe is Xian for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Xian.

    • Burglary and Theft 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 20.83 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 6.25 (Very Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 35.42 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 11.36 (Very Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 10.42 (Very Low)
    • Attacks 8.33 (Very Low)
    • Drug offense 10.42 (Very Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 87.5 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 77.08 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 14.58 (Very Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 2.08 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 14.58 (Very Low)
    • Safety Index 83.67 (Very High)
    • Climate Index 73.9 (High)
    • Pollution Index 94.59 (Very High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 45.67 (High)
    • Health Care Index 91.67 (Very High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 15.1 (High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Xian

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.02 USD
    • International Movie per seat 5.75 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 57.52 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 125.83 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 53.93 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ‚Äčand subjected to change without notice.

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