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Xian
Travel Planning
Xian

Xian at a Glance

Xian was China's cultural, economic and imperial capital before the destruction of the Tang Dynasty. Most visitors come to modern Xian to learn about ancient Chinese culture and see the famous terracotta warriors found just outside the city.

Xian is one of the only cities in China with intact city walls. Visitors and locals love to stroll atop the city walls and make a circuit of the city's oldest neighborhoods. Back during the era when this wall was first built, Xian was the terminus of the Silk Road and a haven for people of all cultures. Today you can still see Xian's diversity: China's largest mosque stands here and a thriving Muslim neighborhood has had occupants for a thousand years.

History museums, archeological exhibits and building tours are all exciting things to do in Xian, but nothing beats visiting the Tomb of the Emperor or the Terracotta Warriors which guard it.

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May - September
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October - April
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      Major Airports
      • Major Airport Xi'an Xianyang International Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      Visitors to China need a passport with at least six months of validity remaining and a visa appropriate to the type of visit they are making. Travelers will need to visit the website of the Embassy of the People's Republic of China to learn their exact requirements and to prepare the appropriate documents. The process is a bit complicated and the requirements must be met in full in order to enter and exit the country successfully. Once in China, all visitors must register with the state.  American citizens can find out more about the process through the U.S State Department's website. 

      Need to Know

      Severe Weather and Seismic Activity China has earthquakes so be aware of earthquake safety when traveling. Summer in Xian can be blisteringly hot, while winters are windy and cold. During intense heat, stay cool and drink enough water to reduce the risk of heat related illness.

      Safety Concerns Petty criminals and pickpockets target foreigners. Keep your money and valuables out of sight while on the street and consider putting little used valuables in a safe at your hotel, or in a money belt.

      Health Concerns Smog is a concern in China and many residents wear face masks when out in the streets. Check air-quality ratings before you go out and plan accordingly. Visitors to China should drink bottled water or boil or purify the local water. Only eat fruits and vegetables that can be peeled and be sure to wash food using the purified water.