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Visit Xian in January

Sunday, December 25th, 2016
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Plan your Xian tour in January? So for various reasons, you choose to visit Xian in January, one of the coldest months in Xian. Basically Xian can be dry, cold and very often windy in January.

Don’t be scared by the cold weather since you don’t have to stay long outdoor due to the fact that most of the attractions you are going to visit are indoor historical sites with central  heating systems.

Terracotta Warriors Discovered in Pit No.01.

But the “blessing in disguise” is that you can take the advantage of the low tourist season to enjoy discounted flight tickets, hotel room rates and even entrance fees for the sites on your Xian bucket list.

The Weather in January in Xian


Xian enters one of the coldest month in a year when as mercury drops between average 5 ℃ in the day and -3 ℃ at night, almost as cold as the previous December.

The city has good heating system allows indoor rooms and facilities warm and comfortable.

Historical Weather Data for January in Xian

We’d like to inform you of the historical weather data listed below that may help you plan your trip to Xian well in advance.  You may use the data to choose what to dress,  what to pack for  your coming trip to Xian.


Date
Average High
Average Low
Extreme High Extreme Low
Jan 01 5℃ -4℃ 12℃(2008) -16℃(1990)
Jan 02 5℃ -4℃ 16℃(1989) -15℃(1952)
Jan 03 5℃ -4℃ 16℃(1989) -11℃(1952)
Jan 04 5℃ -4℃ 15℃(1955) -15℃(1952)
Jan 05 4℃ -5℃ 15℃(1983) -15℃(1952)
Jan 06 5℃ -4℃ 16℃(1989) -17℃(1952)
Jan 07 5℃ -4℃ 17℃(1959) -13℃(1951)
Jan 08 5℃ -4℃ 17℃(2008) -12℃(1967)
Jan 09 5℃ -4℃ 14℃(2008) -14℃(1954)
Jan 10 5℃ -4℃ 16℃(2008) -17℃(1954)
Jan 11 5℃ -4℃ 12℃(1951) -21℃(1954)
Jan 12 5℃ -4℃ 16℃(1988) -17℃(1975)
Jan 13 4℃ -4℃ 12℃(1951) -5℃(1954)
Jan 14 4℃ -4℃ 16℃(1955) -12℃(1975)
Jan 15 4℃ -5℃ 11℃(1998) -13℃(1975)
Jan 16 4℃ -6℃ 13℃(1978) -14℃(1975)
Jan 17 5℃ -5℃ 15℃(1971) -12℃(1975)
Jan 18 5℃ -5℃ 15℃(1998) -12℃(1984)
Jan 19 5℃ -5℃ 19℃(1964) -11℃(1956)
Jan 20 5℃ -4℃ 16℃(1996) -11℃(1999)
Jan 21 4℃ -4℃ 12℃(1964) -12℃(1960)
Jan 22 4℃ -4℃ 12℃(2000) -13℃(2008)
Jan 23 4℃ -4℃ 10℃(1962) -15℃(1953)
Jan 24 4℃ -4℃ 15℃(1996) -15℃(1953)
Jan 25 5℃ -5℃ 14℃(1993) -19℃(1956)
Jan 26 5℃ -4℃ 14℃(1998) -17℃(2002)
Jan  27 5℃ -4℃ 15℃(1987) -14℃(1991)
Jan 28 5℃ -3℃ 17℃(1987) -13℃(1991)
Jan 29 3℃ -3℃ 17℃(1987) -13℃(1991)
Jan 30 5℃ -4℃ 13℃(2000) -16℃(1954)
Jan 31  5℃  -4℃  14℃(2001)  15℃(1954)

What to Wear


Outdoor daytime wear ( average 5℃ ):   Winter clothes, down jackets, layers (knitwear, or thermal wear).

Outdoor evening wear ( Average -4℃):  Thick winter clothes, layers (knitwear, or thermal wear), gloves, and winter hats & caps.

Where to Stay


Xian is a very compact and walkable city, so no matter where you are going to stay you will easily get to the major attractions and shopping areas in Xian. Some hotels start to offer discounted room rates from mid-November. Domestic tourist volume is getting thinner.

The city layout within Xian City Wall is based on a grid pattern centrally denoted by the grand Bell Tower (钟楼), which levels out four main avenues clockwise: East avenue (Dong Dajie 东大街), South Avenue ( Nan Dajie 南大街), West Avenue (Xi Dajie 西大街) and North Avenue (Bei Dajie 北大街).

Xian Railway Station is just located on the northeast corner of Xian city wall while Xian Airport is located 40km northwest of Xian.

The areas near Bell Tower, East Avenue, South Avenue, West Avenue and North Avenue are considered ideal places to stay in Xian.   Check out the link for more information – Where to Stay in Xian.

What to See


Xian is well known for its historical relics, both above ground and underneath. Season or weather changes make no  big difference for your visit to Xian.

So if you travel Xian in January as a first-time visitor, you may cover the major attractions like Terracotta Warriors, Xian City Wall, Xian Muslim Quarter,  Great Mosque Bell & Drum Towers and the list could be longer if you stay in Xian for quite a few days.  Check out the Top 10 Attractions in Xian for more information.

What to Eat


Xian is a haven for eaters. Hitting the food streets of Muslim Quarter is a must for first-time visitors. It is said there are over 300 Muslim local snacks on the streets in Xian Muslim Quarter that attract a consistent flow of visitors everyday coming here to savor or just have a glimpse.

Fresh pomegranate juice

Have a bite of some of the local food: the famous Xi’an Liangpi (cold skin noodles) , the lamb skewers, the cuttlefish, the yogurt, pomegranate juice and the list could be much longer.

Check out Tips for Visiting Muslim Quarter in Xian  for more information.

January Events, Holidays & Festivals


Annual Events and Festivals

1. Ski Resorts in Xian
Visiting a ski resort is a bonus added to make a perfect winter holiday in Xian. No matter you are a keen skier or non-skier, you can rewind and entertain yourself in a ski resort around Xian, skiing and participating in snow activities, or just sitting in a cozy snack bar and appreciating the white ski area over a cup of coffee or tea.

2. New Year Eve Ceremony
Each year Xian local tourism bureau will hold a fantastic “New Year Celebration” on the eve of the coming new year in a unique way.  Turn to a local travel agency or visit Xian tourism bureau’s official website for the new year celebration.

3. Spring Festival
Spring Festival is the biggest and most celebrated festival in China as well as some countries of east and south east Asia. People enjoy 3 day holiday. Chinese government makes it a 7 day holiday by moving the prior weekend and the upcoming one together. This is the Chinese government’s “holiday economy” policy. 2016 Chinese new year start January 28 through February 02, 2017.

06611Tip: 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 City Day Tour from US$69
Xian Terracotta Warriors Day Tour A from US$85
Terracotta Army and Song of Everlasting Performance from US$135

Xian 2 Day Tour Package from US$170 p/p
Xian 3 Day Tour Package from US$235 p/p

Terracotta Army  Join-in Escorted Bus Tour RMB 480 p/p
Terracotta Army  Escorted Private Tour  US$ $125 P/P

Further Readings


Beijing Xian High Speed Train Experience
Top 10 Attractions in Xian
Tips for Visiting Muslim Quarter in Xian
Tips for Visiting Xian City Wall
Tips for Visiting Shaanxi History Museum
Tips for Visiting Xian Bell Tower
How Visit Terracotta Army
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
Tips for Visiting Huaqing Hot Springs in Xian
How to Visit Mount Huashan
Top 10 Hostels in Xian
Best Time to Visit Xian

Any questions, just drop a line.

How to Visit Xian in November

Friday, September 30th, 2016
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Plan your Xian tour in November? Xi’an is getting colder in November with average temperature at 12 ℃ during the day and 3 ℃ at night.

As a historical city, Xian doesn’t lose its charm  with cold weather coming.  The bonus is that some hotels start to offer discounted room rates from mid-November and domestic tourist volume is getting thinner.

Taking Pictures of Terracotta Warriors

Taking Pictures of Terracotta Warriors

Unlike scenic landscapes of rivers and mountains, Xian is a typical Chinese jewel peppered with relics and historical sites, indoor and outdoor. You can visit Xian in all seasons despite weather change.

The Weather in November in Xian


Xian’s average temperature falls between 12 ℃ during the day and 3 ℃ at night, as autumn also starts to transition into winter. In the first half of November you can still catch  somewhat autumn hues.

The later half of the month puts Xian into winter season. But the good thing is that the city heating starts from Mid-November.

Historical Weather Data for November in Xian

We’d like to present to you the historical weather data below, which is very useful for you to plan your trip to Xian well in advance.  You may refer to the data to decide how to dress,  what to pack for  your coming trip to Xian.


Date
Average High
Average Low
Extreme High Extreme Low
Nov 01 16℃ 6℃ 24℃(1977) -1℃(1957)
Nov 02 16℃ 6℃ 24℃(2002) 0℃(1969)
Nov 03 16℃ 6℃ 23℃(1977) 0℃(1956)
Nov 04 16℃ 6℃ 22℃(1987) -2℃(1972)
Nov 05 16℃ 6℃ 22℃(2002) -2℃(1963)
 Nov 06 16℃ 6℃ 22℃(1987) -1℃(1957)
Nov 07 15℃ 6℃ 22℃(1959) -1℃(1992)
 Nov 08 14℃ 5℃ 22℃(1959) -2℃(1969)
Nov 09 14℃ 5℃ 21℃(1959) -2℃(1981)
Nov 10 13℃ 3℃ 20℃(1987) -3℃(1954)
 Nov 11 13℃ 4℃ 20℃(1957) -5℃(1952)
 Nov 12 13℃ 3℃ 21℃(1957) -2℃(1952)
Nov 13 13℃ 4℃ 22℃(1957) -3℃(1963)
 Nov 14 12℃ 3℃ 23℃(1977) -4℃(1965)
 Nov 15 12℃ 3℃ 19℃(1951) -3℃(1962)
 Nov 16 12℃ 3℃ 22℃(1951) -5℃(1952)
 Nov 17 12℃ 3℃ 19℃(2002) -4℃(1963)
Nov 18 11℃ 2℃ 20℃(1982) -5℃(1963)
Nov 19 11℃ 2℃ 18℃(1997) -5℃(1957)
Nov 20 11℃ 1℃ 21℃(1997) -5℃(1953)
Nov 21 11℃ 1℃ 19℃(1959) -11℃(1963)
Nov 22 11℃ 1℃ 18℃(1997) -15℃(1972)
Nov 23 10℃ 1℃ 21℃(1977) -17℃(1981)
Nov 24 10℃ 1℃ 18℃(1977) -8℃(1981)
Nov 25 9℃ 1℃ 18℃(1977) -6℃(1981)
Nov 26 10℃ 1℃ 19℃(2003) -6℃(1951)
Nov 27 9℃ 0℃ 15℃(1979) -6℃(1991)
Nov 28 8℃ 0℃ 19℃(1979) -5℃(1966)
Nov 29 9℃ 0℃ 16℃(1979) -12℃(1978)
Nov 30 9℃ -1℃ 16℃(1979) -11℃(1978)

What to Wear


Wear layers (knitwear, or thermal wear),  plus normal jackets, or suits and wind coats , easy to peel off when it is getting a bit warmer at noon and to reapply when it turns chilly.

In the evening you may wear thick coat if the temperature drops well below zero.

Where to Stay


Xian is a very compact and walkable city, so no matter where you are going to stay you will easily get to the major attractions and shopping areas in Xian. Some hotels start to offer discounted room rates from mid-November. Domestic tourist volume is getting thinner.

The city layout within Xian City Wall is based on a grid pattern centrally denoted by the grand Bell Tower (钟楼), which levels out four main avenues clockwise: East avenue (Dong Dajie 东大街), South Avenue ( Nan Dajie 南大街), West Avenue (Xi Dajie 西大街) and North Avenue (Bei Dajie 北大街).

Xian Railway Station is just located on the northeast corner of Xian city wall while Xian Airport is located 40km northwest of Xian.

The areas near Bell Tower, East Avenue, South Avenue, West Avenue and North Avenue are considered ideal places to stay in Xian.   Check out the link for more information – Where to Stay in Xian.

What to See


Xian is well known for its historical relics, both above ground and underneath. Season or weather changes make no  big difference for sightseeing in Xian though October is a good time for autumn views.

So if you travel Xian in October as a first-time visitor, you may cover the major attractions like Terracotta Warriors, Xian City Wall, Xian Muslim Quarter,  the Great Mosque Bell & Drum Towers and the list could be longer if you stay in Xian for quite a few days.  Check out the Top 10 Attractions in Xian for more information.

In the first half  November, you still can see a subdued autumn colours around Xian. If you are a leaf-peeping enthusiast, Xian does have something to offer. But most of the places for autumn leaves in Xian are out of town.

For the time-strapped visitors, Xingqing Palace Park (兴庆宫公园) is a good alternative. Xingqing Palace Park is located in the eastern suburb of Xian, about 6km to the east of Bell Tower, the city center of Xian. It was built on the former site of the Xingqing Palace of the Tang Dynasty.

It is very easy for you to take a bus from Bello Tower to Xingqing Palace Park 兴庆宫. Take the buses from the east of Bell Tower – Bus 43, 622 or 203 along the East Avenue and get off at the stop of the North Gate of Xingqing Palace Park 兴庆公园北门站 ( 5 stops and 20 minutes ), then walk 210 meters to the park.

What to Eat


Xian is a haven for eaters. Hitting the food streets of Muslim Quarter is a must for first-time visitors. It is said there are over 300 Muslim local snacks on the streets in Xian Muslim Quarter that attract a consistent flow of visitors everyday coming here to savor or just have a glimpse.

The Food Streets of Muslim Quarter

The Food Streets of Muslim Quarter

Have a bite of some of the local food: the famous Xi’an Liangpi (cold skin noodles) , the lamb skewers, the cuttlefish, the yogurt, pomegranate juice and the list could be much longer.

Check out Tips for Visiting Muslim Quarter in Xian  for more information.

November Events, Holidays & Festivals


Annual Events and Festivals
1. China Journalists’ Day
China Journalists’Day falls on 08 December which was  inaugurated in the year 2000.  It is one of three holidays marked for professions in China. Journalists still work on this special day just as nurses and teachers on their own holidays.

2. National Fire Protection Publicity Day
This day falls on 9 November which was inaugurated  1992.3. Skiing Activities (滑雪活动)
Later December, some ski resorts in Xian start to offer avid skiers with clean clothes  and comfortable

Further Readings


Beijing Xian High Speed Train Experience
Top 10 Attractions in Xian
Tips for Visiting Muslim Quarter in Xian
Tips for Visiting Xian City Wall
Tips for Visiting Shaanxi History Museum
Tips for Visiting Xian Bell Tower
How Visit Terracotta Army
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
Tips for Visiting Huaqing Hot Springs in Xian
How to Visit Mount Huashan
Top 10 Hostels in Xian
Best Time to Visit Xian

Any questions, just drop a line.

Visit Xian in October

Sunday, September 18th, 2016
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Plan your Xian tour  in October? Generally, October is an ideal month to visit Xian in terms of comfortable weather and autumn hues. But you’d  better avoid visiting Xian during the week-long holiday (October 01 – 07 ) – China National Day.

Like other tourist cities,  Xian is packed with domestic tourists during the most important red-letter day in China.

Terracotta Warriors

Terracotta Warriors

The Weather in October in Xian


Xian’ average temperature in October ranges from 19℃ ~ 10℃. The first half month of October falls above 20℃ and the later half below 20℃, a bit colder and you need to wear warmly if you are going to visit Xian at the end of October.

Though a dry city, Xian in October expects some rain and you need to bring your rain jacket or umbrella. Check out the online daily weather report for your visit in Xian.

Historical Weather Data for October in Xian

This past historical weather data is quite useful for you to plan your trip to Xian well in advance.  You may use the data to decide what to wear and what to see  on your coming trip to Xian.


Date
Average High
Average Low
Extreme High Extreme Low
Oct 01 23℃ 13℃ 34℃(1977) 7℃(1957)
Oct 02 22℃ 13℃ 31℃(2002) 7℃(1969)
Oct 03 21℃ 12℃ 32℃(1977) 6℃(1956)
Oct 04 21℃ 12℃ 31℃(1987) 4℃(1972)
Oct 05 21℃ 12℃ 28℃(2002) 8℃(1963)
Oct 06 21℃ 12℃ 30℃(1987) 6℃(1957)
Oct 07 22℃ 12℃ 31℃(1959) 7℃(1992)
Oct 08 22℃ 11℃ 32℃(1959) 6℃(1969)
Oct 09 20℃ 12℃ 32℃(1959) 1℃(1981)
Oct 10 21℃ 12℃ 29℃(1987) 3℃(1954)
Oct 11 20℃ 11℃ 31℃(1957) 0℃(1952)
Oct 12 20℃ 11℃ 28℃(1957) -1℃(1952)
Oct 13 20℃ 11℃ 29℃(1957) 4℃(1963)
Oct 14 20℃ 10℃ 30℃(1977) 3℃(1965)
Oct 15 19℃ 10℃ 29℃(1951) 3℃(1962)
Oct 16 19℃ 10℃ 33℃(1951) 3℃(1952)
Oct 17 19℃ 9℃ 26℃(2002) 2℃(1963)
Oct 18 19℃ 9℃ 27℃(1982) 2℃(1963)
Oct 19 19℃ 10℃ 27℃(1997) 3℃(1957)
Oct 20 19℃ 9℃ 28℃(1997) 3℃(1953)
Oct 21 19℃ 9℃ 29℃(1959) 2℃(1963)
Oct 22 18℃ 9℃ 27℃(1997) 0℃(1972)
Oct 23 18℃ 8℃ 26℃(1977) 0℃(1981)
Oct 24 18℃ 7℃ 26℃(1977) -1℃(1981)
Oct 25 18℃ 8℃ 26℃(1977) -1℃(1981)
Oct 26 17℃ 7℃ 24℃(2003) 0℃(1951)
Oct 27 17℃ 7℃ 27℃(1979) -1℃(1991)
Oct 28 17℃ 7℃ 28℃(1979) -1℃(1966)
Oct 29 18℃ 7℃ 24℃(1979) -2℃(1978)
Oct 30 17℃ 7℃ 25℃(1979) -1℃(1978)
Oct 31 17℃ 6℃ 26℃(1979) -1℃(1952)

What to Wear


For the first half of October, you may wear T-shirt, thin pants or jeans during daytime; long sleeve shirts thin jackets in the evening. For the later half of October, you may wear long sleeve shirts, pants or jeans during the day; jackets in the evening.

October expects some rain, and you should remember to bring your rain jacket or umbrella. If it rains, the feeling temperature will be much lower and  you should put on more.

Xian is a dry and grey historical city. Wearing brightly, you will make brilliant photos.

Where to Stay


Xian is a very compact and walkable city, so no matter where you are going to stay you will easily get to the major attractions and shopping areas in Xian.

The city layout within Xian City Wall is based on a grid pattern centrally denoted by the grand Bell Tower (钟楼), which levels out four main avenues clockwise: East avenue (Dong Dajie 东大街), South Avenue ( Nan Dajie 南大街), West Avenue (Xi Dajie 西大街) and North Avenue (Bei Dajie 北大街). Xian Railway Station is just located on the northeast corner of Xian city wall while Xian Airport is located 40km northwest of Xian.

The areas near Bell Tower, East Avenue, South Avenue, West Avenue and North Avenue are considered ideal places to stay in Xian.   Check out the link for more information – Where to Stay in Xian.

What to See


Xian is well known for its historical relics, both above ground and underneath. Season or weather changes make no  big difference for sightseeing in Xian though October is a good time for autumn views.

So if you travel Xian in October as a first-time visitor, you may cover the major attractions like Terracotta Warriors, Xian City Wall, Xian Muslim Quarter,  the Great Mosque Bell & Drum Towers and the list could be longer if you stay in Xian for quite a few days.  Check out the Top 10 Attractions in Xian for more information.

The Mid-October through Mid-November is the best time to see autumn colours around Xian. If you are a leaf-peeping enthusiast, Xian does have something to offer. But most of the places for autumn leaves in Xian are out of town.

For the time-strapped visitors, Xingqing Palace Park (兴庆宫公园) is a good alternative. Xingqing Palace Park is located in the eastern suburb of Xian, about 6km to the east of Bell Tower, the city center of Xian. It was built on the former site of the Xingqing Palace of the Tang Dynasty.

Today the relics of the former Xingqing Palace has been turned into a free city park. There are some original relics of the former Xingqing Palace. In addition, some ponds, pavilion, halls and buildings have been rebuilt according to the Tang Dynasty style.

Xingqing Palace Park is an ideal place to view the autumn leaves in Xian. Xingqing Lake built on the former “Dragon Lake” is ringed with dense trees and green lawns, changing into a color wonderland in autumn.

It is very easy for you to take a bus from Bello Tower to Xingqing Palace Park 兴庆宫. Take the buses from the east of Bell Tower – Bus 43, 622 or 203 along the East Avenue and get off at the stop of the North Gate of Xingqing Palace Park 兴庆公园北门站 ( 5 stops and 20 minutes ), then walk 210 meters to the park.

Check out the Top Places for Autumn Views in Xian.

What to Eat


Xian is a haven for eaters. Hitting the foot streets of Muslim Quarter is a must for first-time visitors. It is said there are over 300 Muslim local snacks on the streets in Xian Muslim Quarter that attract a consistent flow of visitors everyday coming here to savor or just have a glimpse.

Xi’an Liangpi (cold skin noodles)

Xi’an Liangpi (cold skin noodles)

Have a bite of some of the local food: the famous Xi’an Liangpi (cold skin noodles) , the lamb skewers, the cuttlefish, the yogurt, pomegranate juice and the list could be much longer.
Check out Tips for Visiting Muslim Quarter in Xian  for more information.

October Events, Holidays & Festivals


National Day (October 1 – 07)
It is the most important holiday for marking the anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949.

Employees will enjoy a 3-day paid day off. Various  celebration activities will be taken. The official paid day off for the National Day is 3 days. But Chinese government makes it a 7 day holiday by moving the prior weekend and the upcoming one together with these 3 days. This is the Chinese government’s “holiday economy” policy.

Try to avoid visiting Xian during the week-long holiday.

The Chinese Men’s Health Day 中国男性健康日
The Chinese Men’s Health Day falls 28 October which was inaugurated in the year 2008.  A variety of activities will be carried  in the city of Xian to mark the special occasion.

Further Readings


Beijing Xian High Speed Train Experience
Top 10 Attractions in Xian
How to Visit Terracotta Warriors
How to Visit Mount Huashan
Top 10 Hostels in Xian
Best Time to Visit Xian

Any questions, just drop a line.