This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Xi'an. To help you make friends with Xi'an before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
XiAn is a beautiful city in China, the capital of the province of Shaanxi. Xian is one of the four more ancient capitals in China and has a lot to offer, so it's worth a visit. This city is famous for the Terracotta Army Warriors (a subterranean life size warriors and horses, organized in battle formation). You can visit this amazing landmark by joining a tour or going on your own -- there are plenty of buses leaving from the city center (this is definitely the cheapest option).
XiAn is easily reachable by plane, train, or bus with connections to the main cities (most XiAn hostels offer free pickup from the airport or main stations). In the high season, book your tickets in advance, as it can become really crowded -– almost every hostel in China has a travel agency, so they will help you to buy tickets.
During your stay in XiAn, you cannot miss its main attraction –- The Terracotta Army (one hour distance from the city center) -- and the other landmarks in the city center (located inside the ancient city walls). Inside the city walls, you cannot miss the Bell Tower, Drum Tower, Muslim Quarter, and the Great Mosque. In the city center you will find a good variety of restaurants, cafes, and shops to relax.
There are a lot of hostels in XiAn if you are on a budget, offering average facilities. In high season or during holidays or events, try to book your hostel in XiAn in advance to have better rates and assure vacancies.
Written by local enthusiast for Xi'an hostelsGrace