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Xi'an is a regional capital which acts as the hub to a major attraction situated about 50 km away: The Terracotta Army (or Warriors). Xi'an is definitely worth visiting, but it's not a very tourist friendly city yet so there are not a lot of things to do beyond seeing the sights. The city walls, the old Muslim quarter and its Mosque, and a few other local attractions are interesting things to see while you are visting a Xi'an hostel.
The main problem in Xi'an is the traffic and the bus system. They are planning to open a subway in a few years, and that will be a great relief for locals and tourists. The number of cars have outgrown the road system in the city. This generates massive traffic jams which also impact the public transportation, buses, and taxis alike. Pedestrian crosswalks are rare as well as very dangerous so every time you try to walk in the city you have good reason to fear for your life. This is something we haven't experienced anywhere else in China.
On the positive side, Xi'an is the noodle capital of China, and you can have fresh dishes of various noodles made from scratch for a few Yuan. The Muslim food is also good, with quite a few stalls in the pedestrian streets especially near the Mosque. There is a good selection of Xi'an hostels, and the majority have drivers who will pick you up at the train station which is very helpful. The central Xi'an hostels (in the old city surrounded by the wall, or nearby) are probably the most convenient, since almost everything except the Warriors will be within walking distance. Most Xi'an hostels will offer a day trip to the Warriors, but if you're feeling a bit more adventurous, or you like to take your time, just ask a taxi to take you there. With a little haggling, the taxi will wait for you outside of the attraction, you will have paid less than an organized tour, and will have plenty of time to enjoy the marvel of the region.
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Xi'an Travel Tips & Suggestions
Xi'an has way more to offer than the army.
I was recently down in Xi'an for a week and had a great time.
Xi'an is ok and has great Chinese ambiance within the city walls, but I would not stay here more than two or three days. If you don't care about seeing the Terracotta Army and the Great Mosque, then don't bother to come here. The air quality is very bad here and there's not much to do here other than those two things.
— Pippin, USA
Despite some negative comments given, Xi'an is a "real" Chinese city. The tourist sights are well known but it's a great city to get out and explore. Especially if you like inexpensive street food.
The Terracotta Army and the walled city are fantastic, inside the walls are old markets which are fun, but two days max is enough for Xi'an. Outside the walls are dreary houses and factories. Other downers are the taxi drivers who refuse to use meters, just get out of the cab, the beggars which to a Westerner are very aggressive, and the pollution is horrific, took two weeks to clear!! And the use of lights after dark on vehicles/cycles is a rarity so beware when walking, but otherwise it's very safe.
The terracotta army is magnificent! Altough the city itself is a real dissapointment. Pollution and garbage are what you can expect to meet on the streets. If you decide to go here, then - whatever you do - DO NOT stay at the Shang De Hotel wich is located near the train station! It's a sh*tty place with only one shower in the entire hotel.
— Niklas, Sweden
An ancient city worth seeing! The lifelike terra-cotta soldier from the Qin dynasty is amazing. However, air quality in this city is terrible.
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