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Where to Stay in Xian

Sunday, August 1st, 2021
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Plan your Xian tour? The city center of Xian is a very compact and walkable, and most of the places of interests are just a breeze from where you stay in the walled city.

As an ancient capital in China, Xian now still keeps the fortifications built in Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644), one of the oldest and best preserved Chinese city walls. You may stay within the city wall or outside the city wall. But most traveler prefer to stay inside the old city wall. The wall measures 14 km in circumference, 12m in height, and 15–18m in width at the base.

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 Aevenue (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.

Best for Romance and City Core: Bell Tower Area

Bell Tower Area is the most central part of Xian with four main streets merged here. Under the Bell Tower, a newly completed Subway line 02 takes you to Xian North Railway Station  ( 10 km north of the city center) or the exhibition center in the south.

To the northwest of Bell Tower, there is a Starbucks (Bell Tower Shop).  Walk westward from the Starbucks, you will see some local famous restaurants providing Xian dumplings and Yangrou Paomo (Bread and Mutton Soup).

Further west, you come across Drum Tower. North of Drum Tower is the famous Muslim Quarter.

Suggested hotels around Bell Tower:

Melody Hotel Xian,
Citadines Xi’an CentralBell Tower Hotel XianIbis Hotel Xi’an.
Xi’an Century Landscape Hotel
Ramada Bells Tower
Skytel Xi’an

Best for Mixing with the Common People in Xian: East Avenue Area

The East Avenue used to the most commercial street in Xian. Now its popularity is fading with its position having graduated taken by South Avenue and West Avenue. Outside the east gate of Xian City Wall is Shaanxi Song & Dance Theatre which puts on Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show every day.

Suggested hotels around East Avenue: Grand Metro Park Xian Grand Metropark Hotel Xi’an Grand Noble Hotel Xi’an Canaan International Hotel
Super 8 Hotel Xi’an He Ping GateS

Best for Designer Shopping:  South Avenue Area.

The South Avenue is the shortest avenues of the four with its southern tip meets the South Gate of Xian City Wall. The South Avenue is lined with high end and upstart shopping malls.Its city wall south gate is often used as a tourist spot where people start to work. Forest of Stone Tablets is also located to the east of the south gate.

Union Alliance Atravis Executive Hotel
Skytel Xi’an (Formerly Prince International Hotel)

Best for Renovated Charming Streets: West Avenue Area


The West Street is rebuilt in a Tang Dynasty architecture style. This is the most beautiful street, especially sparkling in the evening.

Suggested hotels around West Avenue: West Capital International Hotel Rongmin International Hotel Xi’an
Meihua-Goldentang International Hotel

Best for Business Travel: North Avenue Area
The North Avenue is the least commercial street of the four streets where Xian’s office buildings and government buildings are dotted here and there around the North Avenue.

Suggested hotels around north avenue: Sofitel Xian on Renmin Square Mercure on Renmin Square Xian Huashan Mountain International Hotel Aurum International Hotel Xian colorful hotel apartment

Days Inn City Centre Xian

Xian Railway Station Area

Xian Railway Station is located on the northeast corner of the city wall. It is a very bustling and commecial area. On the east square of the train station, there are directly buses going to Terra-cotta Army and Huaqing Hotspring.  Suggested hotels around Xian Railway Station: Grand Soluxe International Hotel Xi’An Hilton Xi’an
Jinjiang Inn (Xi’an Jiefang Road)

South of Xian City Wall Area

The area outside the City Wall in the south is quite with some walkable attractions like Big Goose Pagoda and Shaanxi Museum.

Suggested hotels: Tangcheng Hotel Xian and Shangri-la Hotel Xian

Useful Xian Hotel Links

Top 10 Xian Luxury & Boutique Hotels

Top 10 Xian Budget Hotels,

Top 10 Hostels in Xian, Xian Youth Hostels

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
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.

Xian Bar Street

Sunday, August 1st, 2021
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Plan your Xian Tour? You may have one question: what to do in Xian after dark? You have some alternatives to relax yourself after a day’s trip to the cultural relics in Xian.

Like many big cities in China, Xian also has a street designed to house a groups of bars and cafes, which offer various drinking options for tourists and locals as well. The bar street is called Defuxiang Bar Street. “Defuxiang” literally means “Virtue Fortune Lane”.

Defuxiang Bar Street is located to the northwest of South Gate in Xian. It is walkable either from Bell Tower or South Gate. After three years’ expansion and renovation, Defuxiang Bar Street was open to visitors on March, 1995.

The bar street is about 200m long from north to south, rife with as many as over 20 bars and cafes. The bar street has a north entrance, which ia a 3-gate decorated arch while its south gate is a one-gate arch.

The 200m bar street is a hangout mainly for petty young people and tourists home and abroad. The common types of cars parking along the bar street tells the fact that most of the bar goers here are middle-class people.

Drinking prices here are comparatively lower than those in Beijing and Shanghai. For a glass of beer, you pay RMB15-30. Most of the bars are open till small hours. Basically if you sit there drinking, nobody will remind you to leave the bar.

Defuxiang Bar Street is very close to South Gate to the south,  Melody Hotel Xian and Citadines Xi’an Central to the north.

There are some good bars in other places, though they cannot from a-called bar street. So Defuxiang Bar is the only bar street in Xian at the moment.

A 3-gate decorated arch, the north entrance to Defuxiang Bar Street. The Defuxiang Bar Street has a cobble-stone road winding between two-storey buildings on both sides. The two-storey buildings are replicas of traditional Chinese and even Western architectures.

The First Bar at the northern entrance to Defuxiang Bar Street.

The First Bar at the northern entrance to Defuxiang Bar Street.

Old Captain Bar and Old Henry Bar
Yoyo Bar

The the southern entrance to the Defuxiang Bar Street. Looking for more options for drinking at night? Please drop a line, you will be informed of more about bars in Xian.

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
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.

Beijing Xian Flight Experience

Sunday, August 1st, 2021
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Plan a Xian Tour? Take a morning flight from Beijing to Xian is mostly sought after by time-strapped travelers who either fly back to Beijing again on the same day or stay a bit longer in Xian.

Approxi 20 daily flights going between Beijing and Xian, mainly operated by three domestic airline giants – Air China, Eastern China Airline, Hainan Airline. The one and half flight makes it possible for foreign travelers to plan a doable Beijing Xian day trip.

Each airline will change its aircraft type operating according to the actual number of passengers and its flight operations status as well. This morning I take the early morning flight HU1737 set to take off at 7:50am and arrive at Xian at 9:50am if the flight is on time. This Beijing Xian flight HU1737 takes withing 2 hours and operated by Hainan Airlines.

I went to Hainan Airlines’ official web site and had my Beijing Xian flight checked online to fix my seatinng and got my boarding card. Haihan Airline usese the Terminal 1 of Beijing Capital Airport. So most of the airplanes run by Hainan Airlines take off and land at Terminal 1.

People are waiting for boarding at the Gate A17 for the Beijing Xian flight HU1737.

Some passengers are still seated, chatting and joking…

Some passengers are still seated
Major Beijing to Xian Early Morning Flight Timetable
AirlineFlight No.PlaneDepartArrival
1Air ChinaCA1231Boeing 737 800PEK 07:40XIY  9:10
3Hainan AirlinesHU7137Air Bus 330-100PEK 07:05XIY 10:10
2China Eastern AirlinesMU2102Air Bus A321PEK 07:50XIY 10:10
Major Xian to Beijing Later Afternoon Flight Timetable
AirlineFlight No.PlaneDepartArrival
3Hainan AirlinesHU7338Air Bus A300-200XIY 22:40PEK 00:40
1Air ChinaCA1236Boeing 738XIY 20:25PEK 22:25
2China Eastern AirlinesMU2119Air Bus A321XIY 21:55PEK 00:05

There is a store on the floor where Gate A17 is located. The stores mainly offer various kinds of stuff with snacks, water, books, etc.

There is a store on the floor where Gate A17 is located

The airport shuttle bus takes us from the Gate A17 to somewhere below the plane. 

The airport shuttle bus takes us from the Gate A17 to somewhere below the plane

To my pleasant surprise, Today’s pick from Hainan Airlines is Air Bus 340 – 600, a huge passenger plane for the mid-rang domestic flight Beijing for Xian.

uge passenger plane for the mid-rang domestic flight

To my pleasant surprise, Today’s pick from Hainan Airlines is Air Bus 340 – 600, a huge passenger plane for the mid-rang domestic flight Beijing for Xian.

on the place

Comfortable seating

Comfortable seating
Take off
Flying over the clouds
Simple Chinese and Western breakfast on board

Landing

Landing

People disembarking from 340 – 600

People disembarking from 340 – 600

Xian Xianyang International Airport

Xian Xianyang International Airport

People are waiting for their checked luggage

People are waiting for their checked luggage

The planes take off at Beijing International Capital Airport and land at Xian Xianyang International Airport.  The one and half hour flight doesn’t include the time and hassle getting to and from the airport.

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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:

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
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.