Xian, China Travel Guide

Last Updated: Jan 2024

Xi’an is best known for the Terracotta Warriors about 20 kilometers away, and it’s also an extremely common third city included on China package tours of Beijing and Shanghai. But there is quite a bit more to see, and the atmosphere is quite different from the two huge cities that dominate China tourism. But don’t expect a “tourist town” because Xi’an has about 9 million people in the city limits.

Xian Facts

Population 6,500,000
Area 8,500,000
Timezone UTC+8
Currency China Yuan
Airports Xi\'an Xianyang International Airport (XIY)

Where to eat and drink in Xian

Budget breakfastHotel food can be a bit on the pricey side while local eateries and cafes tend to have bigger portions and a great price.$1.53 - $3.33
Budget lunchDumplings are a great lunch item that also serve as a great midnight snack.$1.81 - $4.17
Budget dinnerSmall restaurants tend to serve locals more than visitors and are a great place to go for a reasonably priced dish.$3.75 - $8.33
Beer (bottle)The local lager is much cheaper than imports.$1.25 - $3.47
Street food portionsThe Muslim Quarter near the Drum Tower is lined with tiny places selling cheap and good little meals.$1.53 - $2.22
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When to visit Xian

Temperature and rainfall

Month High F Low F Precip (inches)

Xian Weather advice

Sunrise and sunset

21 Mar6:46am6:56pm
21 Jun5:32am7:59pm
21 Sep6:31am6:43pm
21 Dec7:46am5:38pm

Where to stay in Xian

Xian Hotel Seasons

Xian Hotel Prices

Rating Price(USD)
starstarstarstarstar8.00 - 18.00
starstarstarstarstar12.00 - 26.00
starstarstarstarstar22.00 - 56.00
starstarstarstarstar30.00 - 108.00
starstarstarstarstar89.00 - 152.00
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Xian Hostel Prices

Type Price(USD)
Hostel Bed6.00 - 10.00

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