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Xi'an, China

Terracotta Warriors in X'ian, China (c)

Xi'an Travel Guide


Xi'an, meaning "Western Peace," is the capital of China's inland province of Shaanxi, where pandas still survive in the wild. It is also one of the oldest cities in China – more than 3,100 years old! – and among the premier travel destinations of the country. The principal reason to visit Xi'an, however, is to gaze upon the unforgettable "Terracotta Warriors" – a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China, more than 8,000 strong, all solemn, still and mesmerizing in their vast pits. The "warriors" were discovered in 1974 in the district of Lintong, some 20 miles from the city. But besides the "Terracotta Warriors," Xi'an also has one of the best museums in the country, the Shaanxi History Museum, and a colorful and hugely atmospheric Muslim Quarter that can both amaze and delight. But be forewarned, Xi’an is as hot as an oven in summer and as cold as a freezer in winter. But still, it's well worth the trip.


Xi’an is situated in the Shaanxi province in central China.

How to Get There


Clearly, Xi’an's principal draw is the sight of the "Terracotta Warriors" which were discovered in only 1974 by farmers digging a well in the vicinity. The "warriors" can be found in the district of Lintong, 20 miles outside the city, and consist, literally, of armies that include some 8,000 soldiers, more than 100 chariots with over 600 horses, and several non-military figures besides, all buried in pits and dating from 210-209 BC. Other draws in and around Xi’an include the city's impressive, early Ming Dynasty walls, within which you can search out intact bell and drum towers, a centuries-old mosque, and a lively Muslim Quarter. Beyond the walls are fascinating pagodas, the Shaanxi History Museum and, only a few miles to the east, Banpo, easily one of the best preserved examples of Yangshao Culture in China. Also, from Xi'an you can arrange day trips to a panda reserve in the Qingling Mountains at Zhouzhi, just two hours away.

Main Neighborhoods

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Know Before You Go

  • Best Time to Visit: October-March
  • Cost Per Day: ¥350-¥1200 (US$60-US$200)
  • Currency: Chinese Yuan CNY (US$1 ~ ¥6)
  • Electricity: 220V - 50Hz | Type-A and Type-G Sockets with 2-prong and 3-pin plugs
  • Phone Code: +86
  • Population: 3 million
  • Offcial Website:

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Last updated November 23, 2013
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