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Xi'an Destination Guide

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Your guide from the Luxury Travel Experts


Welcome to the Elegant Resorts Destination Guide for Xi'an, created to help make your choice of luxury holiday as easy as possible. Here, you will find more detailed factual information about the destination you have selected.

If you require further information, not featured on this page, please call one of our Travel Consultants.

Overview+

Language Mandarin
Time Difference 8 hours
Currency Yuan
Voltage 220v

Situated west of Beijing, in China’s southern province of Shaanxi, is the picturesque, walled town of Xi’an. Once a rich melting pot of cultures - home to emperors, courtesans, merchants and warriors – striking parts of ancient Chang’an, the former city, are still visible within modern day Xi’an. As one of the few Chinese cities that have managed to preserve their ancient walls, you can discover this 600-year old, 14-kilometre long architectural wonder – dating from the Ming Dynasty period – on foot or bicycle. Alternatively, explore Xi’an’s countless other cultural landmarks – including the famous Bell Tower monument, Big Goose Pagoda, Drum Tower, the Tomb of the Emperor Jingdhi, and the ten-thousand strong army of the famed Terracotta Warriors tomb.

Highlights+

Terracotta Warriors
Back in 1974, a poor local man - whilst digging a well - accidently unearthed an underground army of over ten-thousand terracotta clay warriors. Although the story differs dramatically between the older locals (all adamant it was they who discovered the huge tomb), the life-size figures remain a hugely popular and must-visit tourist attraction. Set within three enormous pits, it is the sheer magnitude of the project that displays such an impressive feat of ingenuity, each carefully individually crafted warrior reflecting great discipline and craftsmanship.

Muslim Quarter
Once the end point of Silk Road, Xi’an became home to a fascinating medley of cultures and religions. Perhaps as far back as the Ming dynasty, the city’s Hui (non-Uyghur Chinese Muslim) community have resided in the narrow backstreets north of Drum Tower. Wander past traditional butcher shops, sesame-oil factories, interesting Islamic food markets and numerous mosques, or visit at night when the area is particularly atmospheric. Utterly fascinating, Xi’an’s sacred Great Mosque stunningly blends Chinese and Islamic architecture; a tranquil haven amidst the buzz of the busy city, the mosque is surrounded by beautiful blooming magnolias in the spring.

Tomb of the Emperor Jingdi
An underrated highlight of any trip to Xi’an, the Tomb of the Emperor Jingdi is the splendid burial place of the Han-dynasty emperor who lived from 188-141BC. Emperor Jingdi, inspired by Taoist rules, did much to improve the life of his subjects, lowering taxes, reducing military expeditions and improving criminal punishment; the tomb’s contents offer a fascinating insight into the rule, and daily life, in Xi’an those many centuries ago. Explore the captivating excavation area – believed to house up to 81 burial pits – before learning more and marvelling at the large display of impressive terracotta figurines in the museum.

Temple
Whilst Xi’an showcases an eclectic array of religious buildings, you can still find plenty of traditional Chinese Buddhist temples and pagodas. Though quite an expedition to reach, Famen Temple’ s intricacy, superb museum and collection of Tang-dynasty treasures make the journey worthwhile. Built in 2nd century AD to house scared finger bones of Buddha - originally kept in tiny crystal and jade coffins - the temple remains an important pilgrimage site. The sole Tibetan Buddhist temple in the entire province, Guǎngrén Temple hums with mystery and spiritual energy, whilst the iconic Big Goose is one of China’s best examples of Tang-style pagoda.

Climate+

China’s Xi’an province showcases a continental climate characterised by cold, dry winters – that span from December to February - and hot, humid summers, from June to August. The average January temperature in the region is a chilly 0°C, whilst the summer – influenced by the Asian monsoon – is frequented by heavy downpours and thunderstorms, with high temperatures reaching a staggering 38 °C. The best months to visit this enchanting part of China are during spring – from March to May – or between October November, autumn time (September can remain very wet); these periods see bearable temperatures and less precipitation than the summer, though rainfall can occur year round.

Temperature Guide

These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Xi'an.

  Temp °C Rain mm
January110
February310
March840
April1540
May2070
June2560
July26100
August2570
September21110
October1560
November820
December210

Getting There+

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Travel Documentation+

Travelling With Children or Without an Adult

Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country (for example, South Africa) or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.

Visa and Advance Passenger Information

All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.

Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.

For up-to-date resort information, visit www.fco.gov.uk

Health+

Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs from your general practitioner or a specialist clinic as early as possible before travel. Those planning to become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their healthcare provider to assess their risk of infection with Zika. For information about Zika, other mosquito-borne diseases (such as Dengue fever and Chikungunya), Lyme Disease (caused by tick bites), and to receive advice on mosquito bite avoidance measures, please visit http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/insect-tick-bite-avoidance/

In addition, we highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.

Visit the FCO website and select your destination country for the very latest travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice. Additional sources of information include: www.hpa.org.uk, http://nathnac.net, www.fco.gov.uk, www.hpa.org.uk and www.nathnac.org, your General Practitioner or a specialised clinic.

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