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Best time to visit Xian (Tips, Photos & Map)

Thursday, January 27th, 2022
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When you are planning your Xian tour, one of the frequently asked questions likely to tantalize you is “When is the best time to visit Xian?”. 

The location of Xian, China (Google)

Xian is one of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China. So Unlike other scenic cities in China, Xian is well known for its historical sites and relics and the visit itself is little influence by seasons.

As a matter of fact, Xian is a place which you can visit on all seasons to appreciate its ancient culture and splendid history. Xian enjoys four distinct seasons with warm spring, hot summer, cool and rainy autumn and dry winter.

Best Time: March to May and September to October

But speaking of comfortable weather conditions and the effects of crowdedness, the best time to visit Xian falls on the two seasons: Spring ( March to May ) and Autumn ( September to October).

March to May
This season finds Xian recovers from the just passed cold and dry winter season, and gradually moves into the green and flowering spring.

But the spring in Xian sometimes occasionally brings down the annoying sandstorms. Just keep an eye on the daily weatherman report against possible natural hazards.

Taken in April in Huaqing Hotspring, Xian

September to October
The autumn season sees Xian slide into a colorful and comfy travel zone for all visitors. Weather, cloudless days; temperature, comfortable. Bust just try to avoid October 1-7, the week-long holiday for China’s National Day to beat the crowd.

Use this travel guide to help you make a smart decision about when to visit Xian. Check out below to have some information on each season:

Xian in Spring ( March – May )

Spring or autumn is considered as the best season to visit Xian, which is neither too hot nor to cold. But the sporadic sandstorm in spring has kept people on alert when they plan their spring trip to Xian.

In spring, you can visit the historical relics, such as Terracotta Warriors or Horses Big Wild Goose Pagoda; you can also go to climb Mount Hua.

With gentle breezes and warm sunshine, spring in Xian is really a good time of year for outdoor activities and travelling.

Xian in Summer ( June – August )

Summer in Xian, which usually lasts from June to August, becomes both hot and humid. The blooming flowers and colored leaves dot the mountains. You have to make full preparation from sunburn.

There is always rainstorm in summer, be sure to take the umbrella with you. Of course, if you are interested in Xian Snacks, go there in summer is a good choice for you. The night markets come alive as the sun went down in summer.

So summer in Xian is both hot and humid, plus the crowdedness caused by the domestic travel generated by the summer vacation in schools and colleges. If possible, choose another season to visit Xian.

Xian in Autumn (September – November)

Xian is suffused with colors as several species of trees change the color of their leaves. Autumn is the high season for people to visit Xian.

Xian’s Fall includes the months of September, October and November, and the weather is fine and pleasant.

Taken in the mid-September at the site of Pit One

You are kindly advised to skip over China National Holiday in October when you plan your Xian Tours, since there are so many people during that time.

Xian in Winter ( November – February )

Winter is an off-season for traveling in Xian. If you are more of a person who loves winter and would like to go skiing down some of the most breath-taking sites in Xian, Xian still welcomes you during the winter months.

Taken in February in the Muslim Food Street in Xian

Winter lasts from December to February, dry and cold with a little snow. The coldest month is January, with an average temperature of 0 C.

The most advantage to visit Xian in winter is that you can save money and see fewer visitors, thus avoiding tourist crowds. Winter in Xian is cold, make sure to take enough thick clothes with you.

Crowd Information

Xian gets very crowded and busy during school vacations and public holidays. You are kindly advised to skip over the Official Chinese Holidays when you plan your Xian Tours.

Please jot down the following public holidays:

New Year’ Day ( 1st Jan, three-day holiday )
Chinese New Year ( later Jan and early Feb )
Tomb Sweeping Day ( Early April, 3-day holiday )
Mid-Autumn festival ( Aug-Sept, 3-day holiday )
May Day ( 1st May, three-day holiday)

Tip: Hassle-free Xian Guided Tours

If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for Xian guided tours:

Xian Tour
Xian Day Tour
Xian Tour Packages
Beijing Xian Tour

Further Readings


Beijing Xian High Speed Train Experience
Best Time to Visit Xian
How to Visit Xian in Two Days?
Xian Airport Transportation
Xian Railway Station Transportation
Xian Taxi: Xian Taxi Fares, Tips and Phones
Xian City Layout
Xian’s Top 7 Iconic Landmarks
Where to Stay in Xian
Top 10 Attractions in Xian
Top Things to Do for Kids in Xian
How Visit Terracotta Army
How to Visit Xian on a Budget
The Starbucks in Xian
Top Markets in Xian
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Xian
Top 10 Best Restaurants in Xian
Top 10 Souvenirs in Xian
Xian Tourist Traps, Xian Tourist Scams

Tips for Visiting Muslim Quarter in Xian
Tips for Visiting Xian City Wall
The Ramparts of Quebec City and Xian City
Tips for Visiting Shaanxi History Museum
Tips for Visiting Xian Bell Tower
How to Visit Daming Palace National Heritage Park
Top 10 Photography Spots in Xian
The Night View of Great Tang All Day Mall
Tips for Visiting Hanyang Tombs Xian
The Song of Everlasting Sorrow Show in Xian
Tips for Visiting Big Wild Goose Pagoda
Yaodong Cave Dwellings in Xian
Tips for Visiting Huaqing Hot Springs in Xian
How to Visit Mount Huashan
Mt.Huashan Snow Scenes Photos
How to visit Xiyue Temple
Top 10 Hostels in Xian
Top 10 Xian Luxury & Boutique Hotels
Xi’an: An Exotic City with an Undeniable Historical Depth

Best Places to See Autumn Leaves around Xian
Muslim Streets in Muslim Quarter in Xian
Hua Jue Xiang, Huajue Lane at Xian Muslim Quarter
The Night View of Great Tang All Day Mall
Xian City Wall Night View
What to do in Xian after dark
Xian’s Best Street Food
Xian Muslim Quarter Exotic Food
Xian Bar Street
Spring Festival Lantern Exhibit in Xian
Xian Terracotta Army Pictures

How to Visit Maijishan Grottoes from Xian by Train
How to Visit Hukou Waterfall
How to Visit Huangdi Mausoleum
Xian Lhasa Flight Experience (Tips, Photos & Map)
Beijing Xian Flight Experience
Datong Xian High Speed Train
Reviews on Beijing Xian Luoyang Tour

Visit Xian in January (Weather, Wear, & Tips)
Visit Xian in February
How to Visit Xian in March
Visit Xian in October
How to Visit Xian in November
Visit Xian in December

Any questions, just drop a line.

Beijing Xian High Speed Train ( Tips, Photos & Map)

Thursday, January 27th, 2022
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Dear Travelers,

We’d like to have the following travel guide to be always updated for the benefit of new visitors coming to Xian from Beijing by high-speed train. If anybody having used the piece finds necessary updates, please leave a message or feedback. Thanks!

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Plan your Beijing Xian tour? Basically you may go visiting Xian from Beijing either  by flight or train.  Many travelers choose to take a  5-6 hour high speed train from Beijing to Xian or vice versa. We’ve rounded up some useful tips to plan your Beijing Xian tour by taking high speed trains.

 5-6 hour high speed train from Beijing to Xian (Google Map)

1. Which railway station for the trains from Beijing to Xian

There are 4 major railway stations in Beijing, namely Beijing Railway Station ( the oldest one ), Beijing West Railway Station ( for the high speed trains from Beijing to Xian, and regular trains to Lhasa and Kowloon), Beijing South Railway Station ( for the trains from Beijing to Shanghai and Tianjin) and Beijing North Railway Station ( for the trains to Zhangiakou)

So you should choose Beijing West Railway Station for your train going to Xian from Beijing and back.

Beijing West Railway Station
Add: Lianhuachi Donglu, Fengtai District ( just south of Military Museum of the Chinese People’s Revolution)
Tel: 51826253, 51824231
The trains departing from Beijing West Railway Station: Xian, Luoyang, Chongqing, Chengdu, Lhasa, Urumqi, Guangzhou and Kowloon.

2. How to get to Beijing West Railway Station

1) Get to Beijing West Railway Station from Beijing Capital Airport (PEK)
Beijing Capital Airport Express Train + Subway: Take airport express train and get off at its final station of Dongzhimen (东直门), interchange for Subway line 2 to the south and alight at the second stop of Chaoyangmen (朝阳门), again interchange for subway line 6 to the west and alight at 7th station of Baishiqiao South (白石桥南), then again interchange for Subway Line 9 to the south direction and get off at the second station of Beijing West Railway Station (北京西站)and start your train travel.

Taxi fare: about RMB 130 ( 40km ).

2) Get to Beijing West Railway Station from Beijing Daxing Airport (PKX)
Take the high speed train of Jingxiong intercity railway from Beijing Daxing Airport to Beijing West Railway Station. It takes about 12 minutes, daily running 8:20~22:50.

3) Get to Beijing West Railway Station from downtown Beijing
To leave or go to Beijing West Railway Station, taking subway is the most convenient way of public transportation since the subway line 9 passes by  Beijing West Railway Station.

With subway line 9, you are linked to other three train station: Beijing Railway Station ( line 2), Beijing South Railway Station ( line 4 ) and Beijing North Railway Station ( line 2 and 4 ). Check Beijing Subway Map for more information.

4. What does the main train building look like?

Beijing West Railway Station is a modern passenger station 90 meters at the highest  in a shape of “品” with an area of 510,000 sq meters constructed with 10 platforms.

The main building faces north and south with two squares – North Square and South Square. There are public buses in each square with the north square having more public transport. Basically we suggest go through the north entrance to the station. If you take a taxi, just ask your taxi driver to go to the north square instead of south square.

The main building
The main building with the north square

Both the first floor and second floor at the north entrance are designed for check-in. If you taxi to the station, your taxi driver will take you directly to the second floor for entry while arriving by public bus you will check through the  first floor.

5. How many daily high speed trains from Beijing to Xian?

Currently there are more than a dozen of daily high-speed trains going between Beijing and Xian. You are supposed to reach the station at least half hour before departure.

6. Ticket and Security Check at Beijing West Train Station

Either on the first or second floor there are several booths for ticket and security check.  Passengers are required to line up and go one by one with their tickets and ID cards or passports ready.

So don’t forget to bring your passport with you for the train ride.  Your luggage and bags will be X-rayed for security check.

Line up for ticket and security check
Line up for ticket and security check

7. Which waiting room ( or Platform )  for Beijing Xian High Speed Trains?

After having your luggage X-rayed and enter the main waiting hall,  you will see a huge electronic  train schedule board with real-time information on the trains in and out.  There are 10 platforms in Beijing West Railway Station with 1-5 for common trains and 6-10 for high speed trains.

Just match your train number with the waiting room number. Basically your waiting room leads to the platform for your train to Xian.

Normally your waiting room will be numbered “8” for the trains to Xian.  There are 13 waiting rooms inside the station. The waiting room No.8 is normally for passengers taking the trains to Xian.

 you will see a huge electronic train schedule board
you will see a huge electronic train schedule board

Walking through the long corridor and looking for the Waiting Room No.08 for Passengers taking high speed trains for Xian.

8. Any decent restaurants inside the main building?

There are some clean and quality cafes and restaurants available at Beijing Railway Station like KFC and McDonald. Luckily, your waiting room No.8 is close to MacDonald.

Your waiting room No.8 is also close to KFC.

KFC.
KFC.

And Starbucks

Starbucks
Starbucks

9. What about the waiting room and ticket collecting?

Make sure you are on the right waiting room.  The train staffer at the gate (Information Desk)  to your waiting room will double-check your train ticket for the right place.

The Entrancd to Your Waiting Room
The Entrance to Your Waiting Room

Each waiting room is marble-stone paved with air-conditioning  and ventilation system. On the front sides there is food and book stalls as well a cafe.

Each waiting room is marble-stone paved with air-conditioning and ventilation system
Each waiting room is marble-stone paved with air-conditioning and ventilation system

Check the electronic board to seat on the right row for your train.  Basically there are two rows of benches for each high speed train.  If you hold the pink-colored ticket, you seat and line up on the pink side; if you have the blue ticket, you line up on the blue side.

Purchased from a ticketing agent, a pink train ticket needs be checked manually while with a blue ticket bought directly from a train station, you need to have your ticket checked by swiping it on the machine by the gate.

Of course, nowadays, most passengers would use e-tickets either using their mobile phones or ID cards to swipe and go! No need for physical tickets.

You see people are lining up to have their tickets checked and enter the platform for their train.

 people are lining up to have their tickets checked
people are lining up to have their tickets checked

10. Get on the right car, compartment facilities and train speed

Usually it is quite a walk from the ticket check-in gate down to the platform and the  right compartment.  Just take it easy carrying or rolling your luggage down to the platform and locate the right car you are in.

Take an elevator down to the platform
Take an elevator down to the platform

Many passengers would stop and take some pictures of the train.  The train is sleek, thin and long with its head looking like a plane. The train is one of the design of CRH series. It is designed to travel at 350 km per hour.

However, the trains are only allowed to run at 300 km per hour due to the safety factor – keeping a required safe distance between following trains.

The train is sleek, thin and long with its head looking like a plane.
The train is sleek, thin and long with its head looking like a plane.

Mainly there are two kinds of seats – 5-seat row ( second class) and 4-seat row (first class).  Some high speed trains have 8 cars and others have 16 cars.

There is a snack car on the train where you may have coffee, snacks and fast food. The inside of the train has a futuristic look as well with comfortable seats, wide windows, smartly dressed attendants and food service better than a plane.

It is easy to get on the train as the train is at a high level platform. And all the stations on route  are built with high level platforms. This males it so easy to handle your heavy suitcases onto the train.

The train is at a high level platform
The train is at a high level platform

A 5-seat row ( second class) car

A 5-seat row ( second class) car
A 5-seat row ( second class) car

Put your large suitcases on the luggage rack by the door in the linkage area.

luggage rack by the door
luggage rack by the door

11.  Train Speed

The train starts so smoothly that you won’t  feel you are moving. But once out of the train station, the train speeds up to around 300 km per hour. If you don’t look at the outside through the window, you won’t realize you are on a moving train. The electronic information board in each end of  each car showing the train speed  and  next station  stop.

All this is due to the elevated track that uses slab construction that holds the continuously welded rail. All the local traffic moves under the elevated track so there are no level crossings or underpasses.

All this is due to the elevated track
All this is due to the elevated track

Lunch can be bought  in the coach car from an attendant who supplies it from an airline type cart.

Lunch can be bought in the coach car
Lunch can be bought in the coach car

The slab non-ballasted tracks for high speed trains make the trains smoother and comfortable different from common trains on ballasted track.

The slab non-ballasted tracks
The slab non-ballasted tracks

Train tracks on a high level viaduct

Train tracks on a high level viaduct
Train tracks on a high level viaduct

12. Arriving at Xian

For the Beijing Xian High Speed Train, the Beijing terminus is Beijing West Railway Station, with the Xian terminus at Xian North Railway Station.  The major calling points are Shijiazhuang, Anyang and Luoyang on route.

Arriving at Xian North Railway Station

Arriving at Xian
Arriving at Xian

13. Go to Xian downtown by subway line 2

Arriving at Xian North Railway Station, it is both money-saving and convenient to take subway line 2 directly from the train station to the downtown Xian ( Bell Tower ).

Go to Xian downtown by subway line 2
Go to Xian downtown by subway line 2

Note: There are some luggage deposit offices in the station to store your baggage.

Add On

Chinese version of the travel guide: 从北京乘坐高铁到西安

Tip: Hassle-free Xian Guided Tours

If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for Xian guided tours:

Xian Tour
Xian Day Tour
Xian Tour Packages
Beijing Xian Tour

Further Readings


Beijing Xian High Speed Train Experience
Best Time to Visit Xian
How to Visit Xian in Two Days?
Xian Airport Transportation
Xian Railway Station Transportation
Xian Taxi: Xian Taxi Fares, Tips and Phones
Xian City Layout
Xian’s Top 7 Iconic Landmarks
Where to Stay in Xian
Top 10 Attractions in Xian
Top Things to Do for Kids in Xian
How Visit Terracotta Army
How to Visit Xian on a Budget
The Starbucks in Xian
Top Markets in Xian
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Xian
Top 10 Best Restaurants in Xian
Top 10 Souvenirs in Xian
Xian Tourist Traps, Xian Tourist Scams

Tips for Visiting Muslim Quarter in Xian
Tips for Visiting Xian City Wall
The Ramparts of Quebec City and Xian City
Tips for Visiting Shaanxi History Museum
Tips for Visiting Xian Bell Tower
How to Visit Daming Palace National Heritage Park
Top 10 Photography Spots in Xian
The Night View of Great Tang All Day Mall
Tips for Visiting Hanyang Tombs Xian
The Song of Everlasting Sorrow Show in Xian
Tips for Visiting Big Wild Goose Pagoda
Yaodong Cave Dwellings in Xian
Tips for Visiting Huaqing Hot Springs in Xian
How to Visit Mount Huashan
Mt.Huashan Snow Scenes Photos
How to visit Xiyue Temple
Top 10 Hostels in Xian
Top 10 Xian Luxury & Boutique Hotels
Xi’an: An Exotic City with an Undeniable Historical Depth

Best Places to See Autumn Leaves around Xian
Muslim Streets in Muslim Quarter in Xian
Hua Jue Xiang, Huajue Lane at Xian Muslim Quarter
The Night View of Great Tang All Day Mall
Xian City Wall Night View
What to do in Xian after dark
Xian’s Best Street Food
Xian Muslim Quarter Exotic Food
Xian Bar Street
Spring Festival Lantern Exhibit in Xian
Xian Terracotta Army Pictures

How to Visit Maijishan Grottoes from Xian by Train
How to Visit Hukou Waterfall
How to Visit Huangdi Mausoleum
Xian Lhasa Flight Experience (Tips, Photos & Map)
Beijing Xian Flight Experience
Datong Xian High Speed Train
Reviews on Beijing Xian Luoyang Tour

Visit Xian in January (Weather, Wear, & Tips)
Visit Xian in February
How to Visit Xian in March
Visit Xian in October
How to Visit Xian in November
Visit Xian in December

Any questions, just drop a line.

Top 10 Photography Spots in Xian

Tuesday, January 25th, 2022
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Plan your Xian Tour? If you are wondering what you shoot on your trip to Xian and the best locations for photos here, I’d put together a post today of what I feel are the top 10 photography sites to shoot while you visit.

1. Xian City Wall

Unquestionably, Xian City Wall is probably the most photographed tourist site in Xian. That said, having been to Xian for many times, I’m often amazed by the shots I can take of the ancient city wall for each time. There are three primary times a day for shooting the rampant.

The first one is to shoot the old city wall itself during daytime. Its 14 km perimeter wall guarantees you plentiful candid photo opportunities – shoot the wall when people walk, cycle and play on the 12-14m wide wall at the top.

The Night View of the Xian City Wall
The Night View of the Xian City Wall

The second time I suggest you snap some pictures of the city wall at sunset glow. You can imagine the image of one corner of the Wall st sunset glow mirrored on the water of the city moat below! The night view of the city wall is awesome with the neon lights on the wall reflected on the moat water, just surreal!

2. Muslim Quarter

Xian Muslim Quarter is the center of the Muslim community in Xian inhabited by still over 60,000 Muslims, and most of them are the descendants of the immigrants from Arabia and Persia along the old Silk Road starting 2000 years back.

Try strolling up and down the 500m long lively street full of stalls, eateries, stands and restaurants, getting some of the community culture for great shots.

Muslim Quarter
Muslim Quarter

3. Drum Tower and Bell Tower

Move from the Muslim Quarter to the nearby Drum Tower, then walk to Bell Tower on the east of Drum Tower to get some beautiful photos of the two traditional buildings in China – Xian Drum Tower and Xian Bell Tower.

Bell Tower
Bell Tower

Ascending Drum Tower, you are able to have a bird’s-eye view of Muslim Quarter for a broader picture. Climbing up the Bell Tower also allows you to have some great shots of the main roads in the center of Xian – South Avenue, West Avenue, North Avenue and East Avenue, a grid pattern of the city construction laid out in Tang Dynasty. Then the lit Bell Tower at night is a most photographed spot in Xian.

4. Defu Alley ( Cafe and Bar Street )

Defu Lane is to the north of Xiangzimiao Street inside the South Gate of the City Wall, not far from Melody Hotel and south of the Bell Tower and Drum Tower. Xian Defu Lane has existed ever since Sui (581 – 618) and Tang Dynasty (618 – 907) as part of Imperial City.

In August, 1993, the government began to take full-scale revamp. After 3 years’ reconstruction, Defu Lane has turned on a new appearance, a perfect mix of the historical and modern architecture.

Defu Alley ( Cafe and Bar Street )
Defu Alley ( Cafe and Bar Street )

Now more than 40 bars, tea houses and cafes are densely located here. Each has a distinct style including the Chinese style, the American style or whatever can be found here. Setting up your tripod for wonderful photos of Xian’s nightlife mirroring through the lens the lively street at night when neon lights are lit.

5. Music Fountain Show at the North Square of the Big Goose Pagoda

The north square of Big Goose Pagoda in Xian has the Asia’s largest music fountain with an area of 20,000 square meters . It starts at 8:00pm everyday. It is a huge music fountain with the Big Goose Pagoda as the backdrop.

Music Fountain Show at the North Square of the Big Goose Pagoda
Music Fountain Show at the North Square of the Big Goose Pagoda

Get there early to get a good spot for a great night shot. There are twenty-two styles of the magnificent fountain formations shown on the seven connecting wide steps.

6. Tang Paradise

Take Bus 609 from Bell Tower area and get off at the 12th stop of Tang Paradise, about 8km southeast of the Bell Tower ( the center of Xian city ). Built and expanded on the former site of Tang Paradise in Tang Dynasty ( 618-907), now it is a revamped former imperial garden to fully demonstrate the Tang Dynasty’s charm and grandeur.

The setting, a landscaped 165-acre site surrounding a willow-lined lake, captures something of the look and feel of classical Chinese landscape painting.

 Tang Paradise
Tang Paradise

The Water Film is the main attraction in Tang Paradise. The screen of the water is a film of water, which makes you a wonderful and illusory feeling that you were on the scene in person.

When the figures in the movie appear on the screen, it seems that they are flying to the sky or coming down from the heaven. It is indeed a splendid ocular enjoyment.

The theme park gives many locations to shoot the classical Chinese gardening and landscapes. The surreal water film at night is also an interesting chance to snap a good candid photo.

7. Xian Qujiang Pool Park

Just take Tourism Bus 8 or Bus 610, you can easily get from Tang Paradise to Qujiang Pool Park, which is just situated about 2km southeast of Tang Paradise. Qujiang Pool has been a part of the imperial garden since Qin Dynasty (221BC – 207BC). In Tang Dynasty (618 – 907) it became a large garden frequented by the royal families, dignitaries and citizens.

 Xian Qujiang Pool Park
Xian Qujiang Pool Park

Today the park has restored and revamped on the historical record led by the famous architect Zhang Jinqiu. It has recreated the glorious past of the imperial park, a most visited spot of natural beauty with rich history.

It is the most relaxing park in Xian with numerous great photo opportunities to snap the classical Chinese landscapes – the pool, pavilions, gardens,bridges,lakes and traditional buildings.

Xian Qujiang Pool Park
Xian Qujiang Pool Park

8. Huaqing Hot Spring

Located 10 km west of Terracotta Army Museum, Huaqing Hotspring is an essential attraction below Lishan Mountain in Xian.

It is famous for its warm springs, outstanding master pieces of Chinese classical buildings and the romantic story that happened here regarding Emperor Xuanzong (685-762) and his favorite concubine Yang Yuhuan (719-756 ), often known as Yang Guifei in the Tang Dynasty (618-907).

The Song of Everlasting Sorrow Show
The Song of Everlasting Sorrow Show

The Song of Everlasting Sorrow Show is presented on the real-scene in Huaqing Hotspring with the backdrop of Lishan Mountain and the ponds, pavilions, corridors and palaces in the background. The performance is a real-scene singing and dancing historical drama with dazzling lights, beautiful music and songs, lavish costumes and the grand stage which is partially submerged in the water.

The poem-turned drama is presented in four parts with a preclude and 10 scenes. The four parts include “Fall in Love”, “A Sweet Couple”, “Goodbye to Love” and “Meet again on Fairyland” .

Show Time:
Twice performances a day ( Valid from April through October ) 20:00 – 21:10; 21:40 – 22:50
Entrance Fees:
RMB 220 ( east or west side area): RMB 260 ( central area); VIP area: RMB 988/888/588

Both Huaqing Hotspring and Terracotta Army is on the same eastern travel route from Xian’s city center, which can be combined to have a day trip. Follow me to have a glimpse of the great real-scene drama – Song of Everlasting Sorrow.

The music, the lights, the dancing, the singing, the lavish costumes and the grand stage, plus the real-scene of Huaqing Hot Spring – Lishan Mountain and the ponds, pavilions, corridors and palaces, create dazzling and eye-popping images, a great location for night shooting.

9. Xiao Qing Xin Railway

“Xiao Qing Xin” in Chinese literally means “Small, Fresh and New”, a kind of “Indie Pop”, here it is the nickname of one section of the railway that belongs to the former Xian Metallurgy Factory. It now still operates, passing through a quiet path arched by the dense trees neatly cut due to the coming back and forth of the trains.

Xiao Qing Xin Railway
Xiao Qing Xin Railway

This is a typical photo spot that is getting popular due to the social media. The first people who discover the sight send their photos online, attracting more and more to come here for great candid photography.

If you go there, just take care since the rail is still in operation. Take bus 224, 225, 407, and 631,and get off at the bus station of Hancheng North Road (汉城北路下). |

10. Huashan Mountain

Huashan (Mt.Huashan or Mount Hua ) is one of the five sacred mountains in China. Mt. Huashan is reputed as the most precipitous of the five.

Mt.Huashan is easily accessible by high speed trains from the five cities – Beijing ( 5 hours), Xian ( 35minutes), Luoyang (one and half hours ) and Shanghai ( 10 hours) .

Check out How to Visit Mount Huashan for more information.

Huashan Mountain
Huashan Mountain

Mt.Huashan Scenic Spot has 5 peaks – North Peak (1614.pm), the Central Peak(2037.8m), East Peak(2096.m), West Peak(2086.2m) and South Peak (2154.9m). Huashan Mountain allows you to bag a load of fascinating photos of this massive and treacherous mountain.

Staying overnight here on the summit guarantee your some great candid opportunities – Sunset and sunrise, sea of clouds, golden hues in autumn and amazing snow scene in winter.

Tip: Hassle-free Xian Guided Tours

If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for Xian guided tours:

Xian Tour
Xian Day Tour
Xian Tour Packages
Beijing Xian Tour

Further Readings


Beijing Xian High Speed Train Experience
Best Time to Visit Xian
How to Visit Xian in Two Days?
Xian Airport Transportation
Xian Railway Station Transportation
Xian Taxi: Xian Taxi Fares, Tips and Phones
Xian City Layout
Xian’s Top 7 Iconic Landmarks
Where to Stay in Xian
Top 10 Attractions in Xian
Top Things to Do for Kids in Xian
How Visit Terracotta Army
How to Visit Xian on a Budget
The Starbucks in Xian
Top Markets in Xian
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Xian
Top 10 Best Restaurants in Xian
Top 10 Souvenirs in Xian
Xian Tourist Traps, Xian Tourist Scams

Tips for Visiting Muslim Quarter in Xian
Tips for Visiting Xian City Wall
The Ramparts of Quebec City and Xian City
Tips for Visiting Shaanxi History Museum
Tips for Visiting Xian Bell Tower
How to Visit Daming Palace National Heritage Park
Top 10 Photography Spots in Xian
The Night View of Great Tang All Day Mall
Tips for Visiting Hanyang Tombs Xian
The Song of Everlasting Sorrow Show in Xian
Tips for Visiting Big Wild Goose Pagoda
Yaodong Cave Dwellings in Xian
Tips for Visiting Huaqing Hot Springs in Xian
How to Visit Mount Huashan
Mt.Huashan Snow Scenes Photos
How to visit Xiyue Temple
Top 10 Hostels in Xian
Top 10 Xian Luxury & Boutique Hotels
Xi’an: An Exotic City with an Undeniable Historical Depth

Best Places to See Autumn Leaves around Xian
Muslim Streets in Muslim Quarter in Xian
Hua Jue Xiang, Huajue Lane at Xian Muslim Quarter
The Night View of Great Tang All Day Mall
Xian City Wall Night View
What to do in Xian after dark
Xian’s Best Street Food
Xian Muslim Quarter Exotic Food
Xian Bar Street
Spring Festival Lantern Exhibit in Xian
Xian Terracotta Army Pictures

How to Visit Maijishan Grottoes from Xian by Train
How to Visit Hukou Waterfall
How to Visit Huangdi Mausoleum
Xian Lhasa Flight Experience (Tips, Photos & Map)
Beijing Xian Flight Experience
Datong Xian High Speed Train
Reviews on Beijing Xian Luoyang Tour

Visit Xian in January (Weather, Wear, & Tips)
Visit Xian in February
How to Visit Xian in March
Visit Xian in October
How to Visit Xian in November
Visit Xian in December

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