How to Visit Xian in March

Plan your  Xian Tour in March? March ushers in an early spring in Xian which is getting relatively warmer than February, saying farewell to the harsh winter. Xian’s landscape turns greener with new leaves and budding flowers.

Pit 1 at Terracotta Warriors

March is also the transitional tourist month going from low season to  high season. Most of the entrance fees in Xian are adjusted according to high tourist season, but you may still be lucky enough to be eligible for Xian-bound discounted flights and hotel accommodations in Xian.

The Weather in March in Xian

The coming of the early spring in March keeps the mercury in Xian between average 14 ℃ in the day and 4 ℃ at night. The first sign of spring appears in March. The city heating system terminates in Mid-March in Xian.

Though warmer than February, you still need to prepare yourself for some warm clothes in March to deal with the chilly temperature in the morning and evening, a big temperature difference in a day.

Historical Weather Data for March in Xian

Here we list the historical weather data relative to the weather condition of March in Xian. It can be helpful planning your trip to Xian well in advance.

You may make use of the data to decide what to dress, what to pack, what to see for  your coming trip to Xian.

Average High
Average Low
Extreme High Extreme Low
Mar 01 11℃ 1℃ 22℃(1966) -8℃(1951)
Mar 02 12℃ 1℃ 23℃(1963) -7℃(1951)
Mar 03 12℃ 1℃ 21℃(1999) -7℃(1956)
Mar 04 12℃ 1℃ 14℃(1955) -13℃(1952)
Mar 05 12℃ 1℃ 21℃(1987) -5℃(1983)
Mar 06 12℃ 1℃ 23℃(1953) -5℃(1967)
Mar 07 12℃ 2℃ 22℃(2005) -7℃(1988)
Mar 08 12℃ 2℃ 24℃(2004) -4℃(1965)
Mar 09 14℃ 2℃ 27℃(2004) -5℃(1988)
Mar 10 14℃ 3℃ 23℃(2008) -2℃(1951)
Mar 11 14℃ 3℃ 22℃(1967) -4℃(1985)
Mar 12 13℃ 3℃ 25℃(1967) -6℃(1957)
Mar 13 13℃ 3℃ 25℃(2001) -6℃(1955)
Mar 14 14℃ 4℃ 25℃(1964) -2℃(1994)
Mar 15 15℃ 4℃ 27℃(2004) -2℃(1954)
Mar 16 15℃ 4℃ 25℃(1966) -3℃(1954)
Mar 17 15℃ 4℃ 22℃(2008) -3℃(1954)
Mar 18 15℃ 4℃ 27℃(2008) -3℃(1955)
Mar 19 15℃ 4℃ 23℃(1968) -3℃(1976)
Mar 20 15℃ 5℃ 25℃(2001) -3℃(1952)
Mar 21 15℃ 5℃ 27℃(2001) -3℃(1951)
Mar 22 14℃ 5℃ 24℃(1981) -2℃(1954)
Mar 23 15℃ 4℃ 24℃(1971) -3℃(1962)
Mar 24 15℃ 4℃ 20℃(1958) -6℃(1962)
Mar 25 15℃ 4℃ 26℃(1971) -2℃(1987)
Mar 26 16℃ 5℃ 26℃(2008) -3℃(1980)
Mar 27 16℃ 5℃ 26℃(2006) -1℃(1952)
Mar 28 17℃ 6℃ 27℃(2008) -4℃(1958)
Mar 29  18℃  7℃  28℃(2007)  -7℃(1951)
 Mar 30  19℃  7℃  28℃(1963)  0℃(1976)
Mar 31  19℃  7℃  27℃(1964)  -1℃(1972)

What to Wear

Average 14℃ during the day in March in Xian:
Outdoor daytime wear:   jackets, thin sweater and jeans

Average 4℃ in the evening in March in Xian:
Outdoor evening wear ( Average -1℃):  warm clothes, sweater, jackets and jeans

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 before mid-March. Domestic tourist volume is getting thicker in March than in February.

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 North Railway Station 12km north of Xian city center.

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. But the city of Xian in March is turning green and colorful with the arrival of a charming early spring.

Big Goose Pagoda

If you travel Xian in March 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.

Making of 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.

 March Events, Holidays & Festivals

Annual Events and Festivals

1. Lianghui 两会
Lianghui , literally “two meetings”,  refers  to the annual meetings of the National People’s Congress and Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference. The two meetings last about one week which ends at Mid March. The Two Meetings are often regarded as  the Senate, house of Representatives in China. These are the most important political meetings in Beijing China.

2. March 8 International Women’s Day 三八国际妇女节
On this special day, some attractions in Beijing offer free entrance tickets to female visitors. Some working units allow female workers half day off or with extra pay if  they are too busy to have day or half day off. Some markets or shopping malls will give more discounts to female buyers to increase business.

3. China Tree Planting Day (Arbor Day) 中国植树节
March 12 is China’s Trees Planting Day.  It is getting warmer in Beijing. Beijing celebrates Arbor Day with tree planting.  Beijing has established over 100 reception points for urban residents to “adopt” trees or green land.

4. World Consumer Rights Day 国际消费者权益日
World Consumer Rights Day was established on 15 March 1983 to promote consumer rights around the world.  On this special day, in Beijing, you will see a CC TV evening gala sponsored by the government to crack down the poor quality products and companies without trust and reputation.

5. Hand in Hand Poverty Alleviation Program 手拉手情系贫困小伙伴全国统一行动日
March 16 is the special day for Hand in Hand Poverty Alleviation Program. This event  is mainly used to help children and other vulnerable groups in poverty stricken areas. People will donate on this special day.

6.  Chinese Medical Festival  中国国医节
March 17 is Chinese Medical Festival which dates back to the year 1929. On this special day, some hospitals would go on to the streets in Beijing for complementary health checks and other medical activities involved.

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

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