Top Things to Do for Kids in Xian

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Xian can be a wonderful place for a family vacation and has plenty to offer in terms of kids friendly attractions. So if your kids need some kid-centric time for a Xian Tour,  now follow me to search and explore these top 10 Xian child friendly things to do.

Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses 兵马俑
The well-known Terra-cotta Museum is located east of Emperor Qin’s Mausoleum, which covers a total area of 20 hectares. The scenery in the museum looks quite elegant and delightful, about 30km east of the downtown Xian.

Three main buildings of the museum, which were named Pit 1, Pit 2, Pit 3, were constructed on their original sites in different periods of time. Now the Museum is well-known widely as a huge modern on-site museum and it is going to be one of the best in the world.

Entrance Fee: CNY 150 (Mar. to Oct.); CNY 100 (Dec. to Feb.)
Opening Hours: the whole year
Tel: 029-83912542
Bus Routes: take tourism bus no.5 (306) from the east square of Xian Railway Station or 307 from the south gate of Tang Paradise and get off at Bing Ma Yong station.

Terr-cotta Army

Terr-cotta Army

Botanical Garden 西安植物园
Xian Botanical Garden is located in the southern suburb of Xian (next to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda). Covering an area of 20 hectares, it is one of the eight botanical gardens that were built in the early years of New China.

With over 3,400 kinds of plants, Xian Botanical Garden leads the northwest China in plant diversity. Walking in the Aromatic Plants Garden, visitors will be greeted by the fragrance of flowers.

Entrance Fee: CNY 10
Opening Hours: 08:00-18:00
Tel: 029-85245058
Bus Routes: take Bus No. 5 from the Train Station to Cuihua Road, and transfer Bus No. 27 to Xian Botanical Garden

Shaanxi History Museum 陕西博物馆
The Shaanxi History Museum is situated on Yan Ta Road in Xian City, Shaanxi Province. It covers 65,000 square meters, with a building area of 60,000 square meters. The newly built modern building recreates Tang-dynasty architecture and successfully symbolizes the great extent of Shaanxi history and its remarkable culture.

The Shaanxi History Museum contains 115,000 objects in its collections. Exhibited in the main exhibition hall are 2,700 works of art, with an exhibition line that extends 2,300 meters.

Entrance Fee: free
Opening Hours: 08:30-18:00
Tel: 029-85266247
Bus Routes: Buses No. 5, 19, 24, 26, 27, 30, 34, 401, 521, 527, 610, 701, 710…

Shaanxi History Museum

Shaanxi History Museum

Huaqing Hot Springs 华清池
Situated at the northern foot of Mt. Lishan in Lintong County to the east of downtown Xian, Huaqing Hot Spring is famed for both its dainty spring scenery and the romantic love story of Emperor Xuanzong and his concubine Yang Guifei in the Tang Dynasty.

Huaqing Pools is fascinating for its exquisite and picturesque scenery characterized by pink peach blossoms, green willows, dense foliage, beautiful pavilions and terraces, magnificent halls, rolling towers, winding corridors and long verandas.

Entrance Fee: CNY 70 (peak seasons); CNY 40 (low seasons)
Opening Hours: 08:00-16:00
Tel: 029-87630166
Bus Routes: take Buses No. 306 and 307 at the Train Station

Huaqing Hot Springs

Huaqing Hot Springs

Tang Paradise 大唐芙蓉
Tang Paradise is a large theme park near the city of Xian. The park is at or near the site of an earlier garden complex in the Tang Dynasty, but consists almost entirely of modern construction.

The park features numerous buildings, squares, and gardens, all incorporating features of traditional Chinese architecture, such as eaves and cornices. Some features are named after historical sites or buildings.

Entrance Fee: CNY120
Opening Hours: 09:00-21:00
Tel: 029-85511888
Bus Routes: Buses No. 21, 24, 44, 212, 224, 237, 501, 601, 609, 610, 715, 720, 721…

Tang Paradise

Tang Paradise

Qujiang Pool Park 曲江池遗址公园
Located in southeast Xian, Qujiang Pool Park is 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) from the city center of Xian. It has become a popular scenic spot by its natural beauty and abundant history.

Walking through the west gate of the park, the first thing you see is the pool, which covers an area of 82 acres. At the end of the landing stage is the Yunge Pavilion, where you can rent a boat and take a visit on the lake.

Entrance Fee: free
Opening Hours: 09:30-18:30
Bus Routes: take Bus No. 715, or Qujiang Xinjing Line and get off at Qujiangchi Yizhigongyuan (Qujiang Pool Park) station

Qujiang Pool Park

Qujiang Pool Park

Qujiang Ocean World  曲江海洋馆
Qujiang New District of Xian City is located in the south-east, five kilometers from the city center. For Qujiang, the Qujiang Ocean World enriches the tourism items, advances the culture of the city, and impact the blue of the yellow land.

The Qujiang Ocean World is a largest modernized education base for ocean science and technology in northwestern region, a window for communication between human and nature, and a bridge for people to get knowledge of ocean, to understand life, to concern nature, and to love life.

Entrance Fee: CNY 100
Opening Hours: 08:00-17:00
Tel: 029-87630166
Bus Routes: take Buses No. 21, 501, 601, 610 or 715

Qujiang Ocean World

Qujiang Ocean World

Weiyanghu Amusement Park 西安未央湖游乐园
Weiyanghu amusement park in Xian used to be a lake, as a result, water plays an important role in the park. It offers the service of tourism, vocation, leisure and entertainment.

The amusement park covers an area of almost 1000 mou, including the largest artificial lake in the northwest with water area of 480 mou. Being a paradise for all the children, Weiyanghu amusement park also tends to be such a place where you can enjoy yourself by wandering in the attractive scenery, going on a holiday and joining in recreational activities.

Entrance Fee: CNY 30
Tel: 029-86671776
Bus Routes: take Buses No 209 or 509 to Weiyanghu Amusement Park

Xian Qinling Zoological Park 秦岭野生动物园
Qinling Zoological Park is the first park of its kind to be established in the northwest region in China. It is 28 kilometers south of the downtown area of Xian City, Shaanxi Province.

The zoological park has more than 300 species of animal, with many different types of birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles. Strolling into the park, the first thing that catches your eyes is a group of wooden sculptures facing the gate. The animals’ exhibition area is divided into two parts: the walking area and car-riding area.

Entrance Fee: CNY 100
Opening Hours: 07:00-18:00
Tel: 029-85670035
Bus Routes: take Bus No. 320, 321 or 322 to  Xian Qinling Zoological Park

Xian Qinling Zoological Park

Xian Qinling Zoological Park

Mt. Huashan 华山
Mt. Huashan is situated to the south of Huayin County, 120 kilometres east of Xian City. Huashan is literally translated as Flower Mountain.

Mt. Huashan is one of China’s five holy mountains, or called Western Mountain ( Xiyue ) due to its geographical location in relation to the others, is famed as the most precipitous of the five. It is the highest among the five great mountains. It is famed as the most precipitous of the five.

Entrance Fee: CNY 100
Opening Hours: 08:00-18:00
Tel: 0913-4365088
Bus Routes: take Tourist Line 1 from East Square of the train station to Mt. Huashan

Mt. Huashan

Mt. Huashan

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10 Responses to “Top Things to Do for Kids in Xian”

  1. sushma says:

    Is panda available in the zoo now?we are planning to go there in mid July with our kid…

  2. Daniel says:

    Hello Sushma,

    Xian Zoo is not within Xian’s city center. Xian Zoo is called Xian Qinling Zoological Park, the first park of its kind to be established in the northwest region in China. It is 28 kilometers south of the downtown area of Xian City. As far as I know, the pandas should be there.

  3. carol says:

    hi, if i come over 30 Nov – 7 Dec 2015 would i be able to see snowing? i love cold but would that be too cold? Coz i saw the weather chart it around 0- -3c. Please advise. Thanks

  4. Daniel says:

    Hi Carol,

    It is very hard to predict whether it will snow during 30 Nov – 7 Dec 2015. As far ad I know it wont’ be very cold and it is all right to travel aroun Xian.

  5. Sokungi says:


    I will be travelling to Xian in mid of December 2017 with three young kids. Is it very cold and snowy to travel? Is Mt Huashan open for visit and is it dangerous to climb up the Mt Huashan with my kids? They are 11, 9 n 7 yrs old.

    Thank you.


  6. Daniel says:

    Dear Sokungi,

    Yes, it is a bit cold, but not very cold and little chance of snowing. See the link below for more information on the weather:

    Basically it is not dangerous since it is a well organized destination. Of course, you should always keep your eyes on your kids while climbing. Have a good time!

  7. Angkana says:

    about the zoo please suggest the subway line ext no and so on , if i stay the hotel near the bell tower
    best regards

  8. Daniel says:

    Dear Angkana,

    Xian Zoo is officially known as XI’AN QINLING WILDLIFE ZOO.
    Its address: The Mountain Loop Eco-Tourism Belt, North of Qinling Mountain Range, Changan District, Xian (西安市长安区秦岭北麓环山生态旅游带)
    Distance:About 28 km Southeast of Xian Bell Tower

    You may first take subway line 2 from Bell Tower to the south direction and get off at the 9th station of Space City (航天城), than exit from Exit B. Then walk about 150 meters, change for Bus Tourism Bus 9 ( Bus 320 ) from the bus stop of West Dongchangan Street 东长安街西口站, get off at the 31th stop at the zoo ( another 700 meters walk ).

    Have a nice time!

  9. Carol Yeo says:

    I will like to visit Mt Huashan around early Decemeber with 1 child (12 yrs old) and 2 elderly (70+ yrs old). I saw that some walking route on Mt Huashan requires to walk at the side of cliff, hooking onto metal chain only. Can you advise me how I can see most of Mt Huashan without using dangerous route. (For eg. taking cable car up the mountain and then how to tour around to see most of the mountain(s).)

  10. Daniel says:

    Dear Yeo,

    Basically, we don’t recommend you walk on the risky cliff ranges at Mt.Huashan with 2 elderly (70+ yrs old) and 1 1 child (12 yrs old) in winter. Personally I suggest you just take the cable car up to the north peak and walk around the peak, then take the cable car down.

    Hope you have a nice time!

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