Xi'an is often called the birthplace of Chinese civilization. Capital of Shaanxi Province and eastern end to the Silk Road, the history and cultural significance of Xi'an stretches through China's ancient past and into its bright future.
Xi'an was the capital city of 13 imperial dynasties, the most for any city, and many ancient structures are preserved. "The First Emperor" united China from his base in the Xi'an area, and he has left a mighty legacy.Located in north central China, Xi'an is a popular tourist destination with foreigners and locals alike.
The Best Things to Do
Visit the Terracotta Army
Cycle or walk atop the ancient City Wall
Admire an ancient Buddhist pagoda
Learn about China's history at Shaanxi History Museum
Taste the food in the Muslim Quarter
The Best Time to Go
Xi’an has four distinct seasons; summer is very hot and winter is freezing. The best times to visit Xi’an are spring and autumn, which boast comfortable temperatures and relative freedom from the crowds and rain showers of summer.
How to Get to Xi'an
Xi'an has an international airport: Xianyang Airport. It has flights from Hong Kong, Macau, Seoul, Singapore, San Francisco, Bangkok, and Tokyo.
As Xi'an is located in the heart of China, it takes no more than 3 hours to fly to Xi’an from most major Chinese cities, such as Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Guilin, and Lhasa.