Travel Guide

Located at the center of China, the capital city of Shanxi Province - Xi'an, together with Athens, Rome and Cairo, are called as the top four ancient capitals in history. 13 dynasties had settled capital in Xi'an from the 11th century BC to the 10th century AD, and that is why the UNESCO listed Xi'an as the World Historical and Cultural City in 1981.

Rich history endows Xi'an with unique charms as a tourist city. As the home to world-famed Terracotta Warriors and Horses and as the start point of Silk Road, through which China had conducted the most important economy and culture communication with the western world, Xi'an draws numerous tourists with its enormous historical sites and cultural landscapes, and gives you a chance to explore the ancient China.

   Why visit Xi'an:

1. Terracotta Warriors and Horses - There is no doubt that the Terracotta Warriors and Horses is the highlight of Xi'an. Buried in the ground for over 2000 years and discovered in 1974, the Terracotta Army not only matters in the art history, showing the highly skilled sculpture area of ancient China, but also fills the archeological blank of Qin Dynasty, presenting the ancient army array and revealing the ancient weapon technology.
2. Ancient Capital - No city in China is like Xi'an with such abundant history. As the most famous ancient capital city in Chinese history, though the dynastic times had gone, Xi'an still reserves many historical sites and cultural relics, which are the best way to experience the ancient China, the old and glorious days of China.

   Top Attractions

Xi'an is rich in various historical sites; however, if you have limited time to visit, the most classic attractions, like Terracotta Warriors and Horses and Ancient City Wall will be your best choice.

Terracotta Warriors and Horses
  Giant Wild Goose Pagoda
  Mt. Huashan
  Ancient City Wall
Shaanxi History Museum
  Huaqing Pool
  Bell Tower
  Muslim Quarter


It's very convenient to get to Xi'an, with airplane and train (including high speed train) being all your choices. To travel around Xi'an City, you can take city bus, taxi or subway. At present, Xi'an has opened 4 subway lines. Line 1 and Line 2 form a cross and their intersection is located in the city center.

How to Get to Xi'an
Xi'an Xi'anyang International Airport, located 25km from Xi'an City, the airport is the largest air traffic hub in northwest area of China. 269 airlines connected Xi'an with major domestic cities as well as some cities around the world, like Paris, Sidney, Seattle, Frankfurt, Singapore, Tokyo, and Seoul, etc.

Normal trains or high speed trains are also great choices to get to Xi'an. There are two railway stations in Xi'an: Xi'an Railway Station and Xi'an North Railway Station. Xi'an Railway Station connects Xi'an with all capital cities and municipalities in China. While Xi'an North Railway Station, 20km from the Xi'an Xi'anyang International Airport, mainly serves high speed trains. The fastest high speed train from here to Beijing West Railway Station is only about 6 hours. Other high speed trains to other cities, like Shanghai, Wuhan, Zhengzhou, Kaifeng, Luoyang, Lanzhou, Tianshui Mount Huashan, Jiayuguan, Zhangye, and so on are also very quick and convenient.

Get from Xi'an to Terracotta Warriors
Terracotta Warriors is located at the north of Lishan Mountain, Litong District, Xi'an City. It is a little bit far from Xi'an downtown (about 40km) and is about 66km to the east of Xi'an Xi'anyang International Airport. You can always take a bus from Xi'an downtown, Xi'an airport, Xi'an train stations to get there.

Get from Xi'an to Huashan
Xi'an is only about 123km away from Mount Hua in Huayin city. With the operation of high speed trains, now people are able to transfer between these two places in just 40 minutes.

   Xi'an Maps

To help you learn better about Xi'an's location, attractions, etc, please check maps below:

Xi'an Attractions Map   Xi'an Metro Map   Xi'an City Wall Map