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Most Asked Questions & Answers about Xian Travel

Is Xi'an a safe place for tourists?

Yes, Xian is an extremely safe city for traveling, even China is safe for all nationalities, regardless of skin colors or religions. Millions of tourists visit Xian without any problems at all, there is almost no violent crimes in Xian. Despite some dicey traffic in Xian, most travel around China is safe. City buses and subways can bring you to every corner of the city and highly efficient. Taxi drivers move fast and aggressively, but you can ask them to drive a bit slower ("Man yi dian" in Chinese). Wear the seat belt once you get in the car. The air pollution is better than Beijing, and the local government has put efforts on it, it has decreased over the years.

And in Xian, women travelers risk is low. As long as female travelers follow the safety precautions and practice common sense while in Xian, there is no necessity for any kind of fear and panic, even if they travel solo.

Do I need a visa to visit Xi'an China?

Tourists from most of countries need to apply for Tourism Visa to visit China Xian. There are few situations that people no need apply visa to China.
1) Visa-free entry for visitors: No visa is required for ordinary passport holders from Singapore, Brunei and Japan to visit China for up to 15 days for business, sightseeing, visiting relatives and friends or transit. 

2). Visa-free transit: Passport holders of the following 51 countries and regions can be granted a visa-free stay up to 72 hours while transiting via Beijing Capital Airport, Shanghai Pudong Airport, Shanghai Hongqiao Airport, and airports of Guangzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing, Shenyang, Dalian, Harbin, Xian, Guilin, Kunming, Hangzhou, Wuhan, Tianjin, Qingdao, Nanjing, Changsha, and Xiamen:
24 Schengen Agreement Countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland
13 Other European Countries: Russia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia (FYROM), Albania
6 American Countries: the United States, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Chile
2 Oceania Countries: Australia, New Zealand
6 Asian Countries: Korea, Japan, Singapore, Brunei, United Arab Emirates, Qatar

How to apply visa to Mainland China?

STEP 1: Select a visa category that best describes your trip to China and prepare your visa application including necessary supporting documents accordingly.
STEP 2: Submit your application to the Visa Office of Chinese Embassy/ Consulate General based on your State of residence (Locate a Visa Office that serves your state)
STEP 3: Pay the visa application fee at the Visa Office and pick up your visa.
Please make sure that your passport with at least six months of remaining validity and blank visa pages, and a copy of the passport's data page and the photo page if it is separate.

What are the top ten things to do in Xi'an?

Xian is a top holiday destination just after Beijing. It is a city offers plenty of things to do and must-see for tourists. Followings are the top ten things to do in Xian for both first-timer and frequent travelers:
1. Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum
2. Big Wild Goose Pagoda
3. Shaanxi History Museum
4. Ancient City Wall
5. Muslim Quarter
6. Bell Tower & Drum Tower
7. Famen Temple
8. Huashan Mountain
9. Huangdi Mausoleum
10. Small Wild Goose Pagoda


Is Xi'an allow 72-hour Transit Visa Transit Visa Exemptions?

Passport holders of the following 51 countries and regions can be granted a visa-free stay up to 72 hours while transiting via Xi'an:
24 Schengen Agreement Countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland
13 Other European Countries: Russia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia (FYROM), Albania
6 American Countries: the United States, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Chile
2 Oceania Countries:Australia, New Zealand
6 Asian Countries: Korea, Japan, Singapore, Brunei, United Arab Emirates, Qatar

When is the best time to visit Xi'an?

The weather in Xi'an is pleasant all year round. The best time to visit Xi'an is in spring (Mar.-May) and autumn (Sept.-Nov.) with its mild temperature. With warm sunshine and gentle breeze, have a leisure walk or biking on the Ancient City Wall to feel more ancient features of the city and you can enjoy the flower blooms, it is an exercising paradise for all walks of people. In autumn, biking in the old part of the city is also a good choice, it's cool and pleasant. Besides, when various folk festivities, like Mid-Autumn festival, you can have a chance to celebrate an authentic festival in China and try delicious mooncake.

Should I bring some cash for a stopover in Xi'an Airport?

It's handy to have some cash when you arrive, there are 24 hour currency exchange counters at Xian Xianyang airport in terminal as well as ATMs. It's advisable to exchange some cash at the airport counters or ATM as you may need to buy entrance tickets for the sites, food or drink, you can't use credit card everywhere in Xian, people in China mostly use Alipay, WeChat and Cash.

What is the weather in Xian?

Xian features in a warm temperate semi-humid continental monsoon climate with distinct four seasons. It is characterized by hot, humid summers, cold, dry winters, and dry springs and autumns.
Spring (From March till May)
Weather in Spring is warm and comfortable. Temperatures climb reaching 20.1°C (68.1°F) generally in the afternoon with overnight lows of 8.6°C (47.5°F), flower blooms. There are occasional dust storms due to the rapid increase of temperatures. A quarter of the area's annual rainfall occurs in spring, however with the pleasant temperature, gentle breezes and warm sunshine. It is one of the best seasons to do your tour in Xian.

Summer (From June to August)
Summer in Xian becomes hot and humid, The average temperature waves between 15 °C and 26 °C. It is cool in the early morning and evening but hot in the daytime. The maximum temperature often above 34℃ (93°F). There is much rainfall during July and August, half of Xian's annual rainfall occurs during the summer, covering about 37% of the whole year. You'd better prepare sunglasses, sunscreen cream and umbrella.

Autumn (From September to November)
Different from Summer, the weather in Autumn is cool and comfortable. It can be cloudy often, with a fair amount of rain, early autumn is also humid, wet days averagely count 12 days, but in late autumn, it's fine and cool. The monthly average temperatures are respectively 19.6℃ (67.3 °F), 13.8℃ (56.8 °F) and 6.8℃ (44.2 °F), along with obvious and quick decline. It decreases achieving average highs of 18.7°C (65.7°F) during the day and lows of 9.4°C (48.9°F) generally shortly after sunrise.

Winter ( From December to February)
Winter could be cold and dry. There are occasional snowfalls, but they rarely settle for long. Snow covers the palaces, ancient city wall and pagodas, which is very beautiful. In the winter time records indicate temperatures by day reach 6.2°C (43.2°F) on average falling to -3°C (26.7°F) overnight. The lowest monthly average temperature of -o.5℃ (31.1 °F), despite the might-be -10℃ (14°F) during the cold spell. There will be a few ski resorts in the city and you can join a skiing tour.

What to pack for Xian?

Spring (from March to May): It is still cold in the early spring. It is recommended to wear windbreakers, jackets, sweaters, trousers, long sleeve, sweater, and other clothes to keep warm.
Summer (from June to August): It is recommended to wear sun block shirt, sunhat, sunglasses, cotton and linen shirts, thin skirts, thin T-shirts and other breathable clothes. It rather rains or pretty sunny, and it is suggested to take some suncream and an umbrella with you.
Autumn (from September to November): It is recommended to wear shirts, long skirts and thin sweaters, windbreakers, casual clothes, jackets, suits, etc.
Winter (from December to February):  It is recommended to wear overcoats, sweaters, winter coat, woolen jacket, gloves, down jacket and scarfs to keep warm. The AQI is occasionally over 100 because of the dry weather. It is suggested to wear a mask when you have an outdoor activity.

How many days should I spend in Xian? Is one day enough?

As one of the birthplaces of the ancient Chinese civilization, Xian boasts profound history and numerous cultural relics, such as Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Shaanxi History Museum, Muslim Quarter and much more. Normally it takes around 2-3 days to visit all the top highlights in Xian. If you are short on time, only have one day to travel Xian, you can do either one day Xian adventure to Terracotta Warriors or Xian city highlights day tour with pagodas, streets and other historical sites; If you have 2 days in Xian, you can do both Terracotta Warriors and city highlights; If you have 3 days or more, then you can take adventure to Famen Temple, Huangdi Mausoleum, etc.


What are the best tours in Xian?

As the starting point of ancient Silk Road, Xian is also the cradle of Chinese civilization, has brilliant culture, profound history and breath-taking scenery. Xian Private Tour is local tour operator, offers all kinds of theme tour packages that show you different charming of Xian. If you are addicted to Chinese history, you can choose Fully guided Xian Highlights Tour or Xian Tour with Terracotta Warriors Tour with Tang Dynasty Dance Show; If you only want to visit Terracotta Warriors in Xian, then you can choose Private Half Day Xian Terracotta Warriors Tour with Optional Morning or Afternoon Departure; As for the nature scenery, a day tour from Xian to Huashan by bullet train is highly recommended. For more tours, please refer to Xian Private Tours page or contact us by email for more details.

Can I leave the airport during a layover or stopover in Xian?

Yes, you can. If your layover time is 10 hours or longer than that, it's possible for you to do a day trip to Terracotta Army from Xian airport and end at Xian airport. Xian is one of the top holiday destinations in China as well as the home of Terracotta Warriors, one of eight wonders in the world. Don't waste your time stay at the airport, cherish this free entry into Xian city for sightseeing without applying visa.

Should we join day tours once we arrive in Xi'an?

We recommend you book a tour package with travel agency for traveling Xian if you are short on time. Book a Xian day tour with a knowledgeable guide and an experienced driver not only can help you take the stress out of booking transpotation and planning a good tour itinerary, but also show you all the main top highlights in only one day. We are local travel agency, offers a variety of Xian day tours and Xian tour packages, feel free to contact us if you want to book tour with us.

How do I book Xi'an tour with you?

Send us an inquiry for the tour that you are interested, or click "Enquiry Now" button on our website. Once we received your inquiry, we will send you the tour itinerary and quotation accordingly by email. After everything was confirmed, we require 20% of the total payment to ensure the tour booking, and the balance you can pay the guide in cash. Please let us know your Xian hotel details ahead the tour, so we can manage the pickup time. If you come to Xian from Beijing or other cities by train or flight, please let us know your flight No. or train No. since there are many exits at the airport or train station. 

What payment methods do you accept if I book tour with you?

We accept PayPal, Bank Transfer, Alipay, WeChat and Cash, Credit Card is not available at the moment. For the confirmation of the tour, normally we require 20%-30% of the total payment via PayPal, Bank Transfer, Alipay and WeChat in advance to secure the tour, and the balance you can pay our guide in cash(US dollar is ok) or PayPal. So it's better for you to prepare cash in advance before the tour, our guide also can help you find ATM to get some cash during the tour if you don't want to bring too much cash on the tour.

What are the best things to do at night in Xi'an?

Though Xian is famous for its profound history, its modern nightlife also begin to sparkle. Bars and clubs are one of top places to spend a more dynamic nightlife in Xian, people can get relax there, such as craft beer bar, Well Beer, King Garden Bar,etc; Xian also has wonderful night markets, which are the must-visit for gluttonous eaters, such as Muslim Quarter and Great Tang All Day More. Moreover, watch Tang Dynasty Dance Show or The Song of Everlasting Sorrow to get a better understand of the glory and beauty of Chinese civilization.

Is there any travel scam in Xian?

Scam is a huge concern in Xian, even China. Followings are some situations occur frequently, please pay attention:

1). You may can find counterfeit money. When you travel in Xian, you'll notice taxi drivers and shopkeepers will almost always scrutinize the money you hand them before accepting it. So if you want to exchange money, you'd better change it at your hotel or ATM, do not exchange money with shop owners. 

2). Normally, all supposedly brand-name items for sale in small shops or on the streets are not the real deal. Also assume that the first price a shop owner throws out is way above what he's willing to sell the item for. Bargain is very common when Chinese people shopping, so be prepare to do so. If you're worried about not recognizing a scam, shop only in large stores and malls where everything has a price tag and bargaining is not allowed. 

3). Be wary of people who approach you on the street. Many con artists offer one thing, such as a place for tea or a look at an art show, but then try to trick you out of your money.

4). There exists unscrupulous Taxi operators, do not fall for this. But this is not as common as before in Xian. Sometimes when you take taxi, they will overcharge the taxi fee, so before you get in a taxi, discuss about the taxi first. 

Travel scams exist the world over. This doesn't mean the above situations happen a lot. The majority of locals are friendly and helpful, and there is no reason to go around with your guard up on maximum all the time. Just be aware of the most common scams and other things to know when planning a trip and you'll be fine.

What can family do in Xi'an?

Terracotta Warriors is the main reason for people to Xian, however, served as the capital city for around 13 dynasties, Xian has a plenty of things to explore not only for adults, also for kids. Here are top things to do in Xian with kids.

1. Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum

2. Take a Chinese Calligraphy Lesson

3. Ancient City Wall, do not just walking, cycling on the wall can be a great activities for kids

4. Xian Zoo

5. Stroll down Muslim Quarter, enjoy the happy atmosphere and sample some Chinese delicacies

6. Xian Qinling Wild Animal Park

7. Qujiang Polar Ocean Park

8. Huaqing Palace


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