Where to Stay in Xian

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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 Central

Bell Tower Hotel Xian
Ibis 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 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

 

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

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2 Responses to “Where to Stay in Xian”

  1. Lisa says:

    Hi,

    Two years ago I visited Xi’an and was told that foreigners were not allowed to stay at local low price Hotels or Hostels or Motels but that we are only allowed to stay at high end more expensive hotels for foreign tourists. Is this true?

  2. Daniel says:

    Lisa,

    For security reason, all the hotels which receive foreign tourists much have permits. But these authorized hotels don’t have to be expensive. Many inns and hostels are targeted at foreign tourists.

    By the way, the Top 10 Hostels in Xian listed below may be of some help for you:

    http://www.tour-beijing.com/blog/shaanxi-travel/xian-travel/xian-hotel/top-10-hostels-in-xian-xian-youth-hostels

    Have a good time in Xian!

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