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Xi'an has most of its annual precipitation from August to late October in the form of rain. It is characterised by hot
'''Xi'an Xianyang International Airport''' (IATA: XIY) is located 40 km northwest of the city centre, in Xianyang. Flights are available to [[Beijing]], [[Chengdu]], [[Chongqing]], [[Dunhuang]], [[Fuzhou]], [[Guangzhou]], [[Harbin]], [[Hangzhou]], [[Hohhot]], [[Kunming]], [[Lhasa]], [[Lanzhou]], [[Nanjing]], [[Shanghai]], [[Shenzhen]], [[Urumqi]], [[Wuhan]], [[Xining]] and [[Zhangjiajie]] within [[China]], International flights are available to [[Bangkok]], [[Hong Kong]], [[Macau]], [[Seoul]] as well as [[Nagoya]], [[Fukuoka]], [[Niigata]], [[Tokyo]] and [[Hiroshima]] in [[Japan]], and [[Singapore]] via Kunming. As Xi'an is located in the heartland of China, it takes no more than 2 hours to fly to most major Chinese cities. AirAsia recently launched [http://www.traveldailymedia.com/138089/airasia-to-launch-bangkok-xian-flights] new route Bangkok-Xian.
Most people use taxis or the airport bus to reach town from the airport, however taking a taxi is not recommended, as most taxi drivers will raise the price for non-local tourists. A taxi will cost about ¥150 from the airport to the Bell Tower downtown. You will pay around ¥ 50-75 more if you take one of the climatized Japanese black taxis rather than the typical green taxis. At the airport, both types of taxis are waiting at the same spot to pick up passengers.The airport bus leaves every half-hour from 6AM to 6PM, a ticket costs ¥26 and takes about one hour; there are several lines but the most useful are Airport Bus No. 1 (no stop to the terminus in front of the Melody Hotel, at the beginning of West Street near the Bell Tower) and No. 2 (to the railway station). As long as there is an arriving flight, there will be a bus, so don't worry about arriving late at night or early morning; officially, on line 1 there is a bus every 20 minutes but buses will often depart as soon as they fill up. The airport bus route is the best way between city and the train station.
===By fast train===
There are plenty of trains transporting passengers to and from most of the major cities inside China. Keep in mind train tickets may only be available if booked far in advance (most ticket sales open 10-21 days in advance; an agent can help book but will probably charge significant commission fees). Traveling in a seat (hard or soft-class) means you will share the car space with lots of locals. You will most likely encounter smokers, loud noise, and constant activity in the aisle while you try to sleep. *Do not* travel hard class if you are uncomfortable with these settings. Sleeper cabins are limited to 6 people each (4 for deluxe soft sleepers, which are only on a few trains from Beijing); bottom bunks cost a bit more because they're a couple cm wider and could be sit on. If traveling alone, be especially careful of your luggage! Also note that bathrooms and washrooms may be closed (and locked!) 30-60 minutes before getting to the train station.
Trains run to several domestic cities including: Beijing (
Xi'an Station is at the north end of Jiefang Road (解放路; pinyin:
In Xi'an, it is very easy to get to the railway station by city bus from anywhere in the city. There are several stops within 200 m of the station (look for train station East or North on a bus route (火车站东/北). Many hostels also offer free pick-up if you arrive between 6 and 9 AM.
There are many buses leaving regularly for the Terracotta Warrior museum in front of the Xi'an bus station (east to the train station, outside (in the north) the city walls).
* Bus 306 (Chinese bus green 5) leaves from the lot in front of the train station and will take you to a parking lot right in front of the museum site in about an hour (it can take up to 90 minutes in case of traffic jams). A one-way ticket costs ¥7 (just get on and sit down, then a conductor will come and give you a ticket). It also stops at several other tourist attractions along the way, e.g. the hot springs. Make sure you don't make the mistake of going to the bus station on the inside of the wall near the train station. That's
* Small buses which are used by the locals (e.g. number 914). These buses will also take you to the Museum however they go through local small roads (no highway express like bus 306) therefore it will take longer to arrive. Not a bad trip if you want to see the local bumpy rural roads.
* Most hostels and hotels run tours to the warriors with an English speaking guide. These aren't necessarily better, be prepared to spend a good portion of the day (as with any Chinese tour) visiting "terracotta factories," "museums", "Chinese medicine shops", and other tourist traps. But, you will get to your destination without dealing with the bus (the warriors are quite far outside of town) and not all of the public buses that go there are legitimate.
* <see name="Bell Towers" alt="钟楼; Zhōnglóu" address="" directions="In the exact center of the city" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="¥27 (or ¥40 including Drum Tower)"></see>
* <see name="Drum Tower" alt="鼓楼; Gǔlóu" address="" directions="Just to the northwest within the Muslim Quarter" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="¥27 (or ¥40 including Bell Tower)"></see>
[[Image:China-Xian-TopViewMuslimstreet.JPG|thumb|'''Busy Muslim Street''']]
*'''Tang Paradise'''[http://www.tangparadise.cn/en/index.php] Tang Paradise is the largest tourist program in northwest China. It covers and area of 1,000 mu (about 165 acres) and was established with and investment of 1.2 billion yuan. Located to the north of the original Tang Dynasty Lotus Garden site, the present Tang Paradise is the first theme park fully demonstrating the charm and grandeur of the royal garden in Tang Dynasty. The Tang Paradise boats many new records: the largest movie on water screen in the world, the first theme park of five senses (sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell), the biggest outdoor fragrance project in the world and the biggest reproduction of the Tang royal garden comples in China. Ever since its opening to public on April 11, 2005, Tang Paradise has attracted people from different walks of life with its surprising charm, including some prominent political figures like Lian Zhan, Chairman of Kuomingtang from Taiwan. It has become a must see attraction in Xi’an.
* <see name="Tomb of Emperor Jingdi" alt="" address="" directions="Near the airport" phone="" url="http://www.hylae.com/en/main.asp" hours="" price="80 RMB; half-price students" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Han dynasty tomb (known locally as HanYangLing) containing 50,000 doll-sized terracotta figures. There are human figures (think small and naked version of the terracota warriors) as well as a whole army-like formation of life-like animals (pigs, dogs, etc). The "Underground Museum" at the excavation site has a glass floor so that you can look down on the ongoing excavations and is definitely worth a visit (especially easy to do if done as part of a journey to or from the airport). There's a very unique holographic movie experience as part of the exhibit (no 3D glasses required, English and some other language translation available, 10 RMB though it is unclear if it's a legitimate fee). It's also worth getting a guide or following one around (note that English ones are more expensive than Chinese ones) because they will explain things in much more detail than the captions. Some people also climb up to the top of the burial mound (you can see a worn trail going up the side). If you cross the road you can see the Archaeological Exhibit Center (where some of the best figures are kept), a deer park (with actual live deer), and ruins of a "sacrifice temple" (not too impressive). The grounds around the mausoleum are nice to stroll in, with fragrant wild grasses and a rose garden next to the Arch. Ex. Center. It is possible to get to the site via tour or share a taxi (around ¥200 round-trip, not including waiting time). By public transit, take the subway to XingZheng ZhongXin station (North of the city, 3 RMB). When you exit, you'll see a huge roundabout. You need to catch bus #4 from there, which can be a bit tricky. You can take exit B3 from the subway (South road from the roundabout, West side), go south until you see Hotel Liu Lian on your right - there's a bus stop right next to it. Or, take exit A2 from the subway (North road from the roundabout, West side), go North until you see a bus stop (the East entrance to City Sports Park and a stadium will be on your left). Both stops seem like they go the wrong way (South instead of North), but don't worry, the bus turns around soon after them. As of June 2012, bus #4 seems to be a small pink bus, comes every 30min or so, and costs 2 RMB. Be careful since it may not actually stop! You must actively flag it down. If you miss it, you can run to the other, East side of the road (be very careful crossing all these lanes of traffic) and you can flag it down as it turns around and starts going North. This is a bit easier to do at the City Sports Park stop.</see>
Xi'an specialties include:
* '''Yang Rou Pao
* '''Biang Biang Mian''' is a local provincial specialty noodle dish that is extremely good. The wide noodles are spiced, have a broth, and include toppings such as eggs, tomatoes, beef, etc. The character for "biang" isn't yet possible to type into a computer, but look for a complex character with about 57 strokes repeated twice before "面". A popular chain has a red sign with white characters, and includes the face of the "Noodle King".
Some good places to look for restaurants are:
* '''The Muslim Quarter''' close to the Drum Tower is a vibrant area with many restaurants spilling out onto the street and mixing with the street sellers. If you're looking for snacks, this area is also full of people selling dried fruit (especially dates) and nuts/seeds (sunflower, melon, pumpkin, etc.) Prices are per Jin (500 g) and are pretty much standardized throughout the area, so you can't really bargain unless you're buying a lot
* '''Street food''' (mostly sold after sunset, or some near night clubs/bars after 11:00 PM) presents a variety of local/regional dishes, ranging from noodle soups, dumplings, hot pot, and so on by tens of little food vendors on street side, each with a red lamp. There are a few roads running perpendicular to the Muslim Quarter road that have a larger variety of streetside food (at cheaper prices because these roads are harder to access). As streetside stores are nearly a model of perfect competition, look out for food sold at significantly higher prices, yet maintain a long queue as these are likely to be tastier. For instance, some vendors may unscrupulously sell beef mixed with lamb and pass the meat off as pure lamb meat to cut their cost, however those who sell real lamb meat usually charge a higher price.