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Xi'an (西安) is an industrial city of 8 million people and the present day capital of Shaanxi province. Xi'an was the capital of China from the Zhou dynasty (11th century BCE) to the famous Tang dynasty (7th century CE) and has the sights to prove it including the marvelous city walls, which still encapsulate the city centre.
After losing its title as the capital it remained important for its strategic location and became a rich city on the Silk Road. Today Xi'an has become a center of commerce for the north west of China and of the coal industry. Although the city is primarily known for the famous Terracotta Army there are plenty of other excellent – and some claim more interesting – sights, including the ancient city wall which is wide enough to walk or cycle across.
The urban and suburban areas of Xi'an are divided into seven districts although most tourists never leave the area within the city walls other then to see the provincial museum:
Xi'an has a temperate climate, with sharp distinctions between seasons. Summers tend to be hot (30 degrees Celsius or sometimes more) and a little wet, and winters tend to be cold and dry with frost and little snow.
Xi'an Xianyang International Airport (XIY) is located about 45 minutes outside of the city centre. International connections to XIY include Bangkok, Hong Kong, Seoul, Singapore and Tokyo. Domestic flights, one the other hand, are mostly operated by China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines and Hainan Airlines.
The airport is 47 kilometres from Xi'an city centre and 13 kilometres from the town of Xianyang. Buses and taxis are available between the airport and Xi'an city centre. There is a shuttle from the front of the Melody Hotel from 6:00am to 6:00pm located at 86 Xi Dajie (西大街86号).
The Xi'an train station is a major hub for transport between western and eastern China and located a the outer north east corner of the city walls. The train station serves every major and most minor cities in China, and is especially well connected to Beijing in the north and Chengdu further south. There are also several trains a day to Lhasa, depending on the time of the year. Be careful of pickpockets at this train station.
Most of what tourists want to see in Xi'an and where tourists stay is within the city walls. The streets are set up in a rough grid system, with the bell tower at the center of town. Traffic can be horrible within the walls so it is better to walk.
Xi'an is an easy city to walk around. Grab a map and go off exploring on foot!
The Bell Tower International Youth Hostel is located at No 1 North Street near the post office building. (西安市北大街1号). It does pretty good food and has cheap beer to enjoy in a relaxed setting with other travellers.
|7 Sages(Qixian)Youth Hostel||Cortyard 5 of QiXianZhuang NO.1 Bei Xin street||Hostel||85|
|Ancient Street Youth Hostel||C1 Fanggu Wenhua Jie, Shuncheng Dongxiang Nan Men||Hostel||79|
|Bell Tower International Hostel||No. 1 North Street (Post Office Building)||Hostel||77|
|Canaan International Hotel||132 East Street||Hotel||82|
|Crystal Business Hotel||No. 370 Dongda Street Beilin District Shaan'xi Province||Hotel||80|
|Han Tang Inn Hostel||NO.7 Nan Chang Xiang, South of Xincheng Square||HOSTEL||89|
|JinJiang Inn DownTown Xi'An||#110, Jie Fang Road||Hostel||85|
|Ludao International Hostel||No.80 West 8th Street||Hostel||74|
|Nanfang Hotel||No.15# An Ban Jie Street No.18# Xi Mu Tou Shi||Hotel||79|
|Shenpeng Hotel||No.4 Hong Shi Zi Hui Street Shangde Road||Hotel||-|
|Shuyuan International Youth Party Hostel||No.2 Shunchengxixiang Nanmen Li||Hostel||85|
|Xiangzimen International Youth Hostel||16 Xiangzimiao Street||Hostel||85|
|York Commercial Hotel||No.7 Xi Yi Road||Hotel||-|
|Days Inn City Center||No.99 North Street Xi'an China||Hotel||-|
|Hason Hotel||No.258 Dongxin Street Huang Cheng Mansion||Hotel||-|
|Silkroad Hotel( Tian Shun)||No. 53 Jiefang Road||Hostel||-|
|Sino Pearl Hotel||No. 8 South Part of Huan Chen Dong Road||Hotel||-|
|Xian Jiefang Hotel||Railway Station Square, No.181 Jie fang road||Hotel||-|
|Xi'an Jing Mao Hotel||Economic Zone (jing ji kai fa qu) Ying Bin Road||Hostel||-|
|Xi'an Sunflower Backpacker Hostel||No.157 West Street||Hostel||-|
|Hanwood Youth Hostel||New 1-6,Taipingbuzi Village,the||Hostel||84|
|Xi'an Yan Ying Youth Hostel||Taipingbu South Square of Big Wild Goose Pagoda||HOSTEL||83|
|Jano's Backpackers||69 Shuncheng Nanlu Dongduan South Gate East Side Inside the City Wall||HOSTEL||81|
|Han Tang House||NO.32 Nan Chang Xiang South of Xincheng Square||HOSTEL||88|
|Duolamaer Gallery Hostel||200 M from Shun Chen Lane, Zhu Que Men Beilin District||HOSTEL||-|
|Defu Youth Hotel||4 Defu Xiang Street||HOTEL||75|
|Warriors International Youth Hostel||No.98 Bei Ma Dao Xiang Inside Yu Xiang Men||HOSTEL||83|
Most hotels and hostels have internet access, either for a small fee or sometimes free to guests.
See also: International Telephone Calls
China Post (中国邮政) is the official postal service of the People's Republic of China, operated by the State Postal Bureau of the People's Republic of China (website in Chinese only), and has more details about price to send letters, postcards and parcels, both domestically as well as internationally. The Chinese postal service is very good. Remember that in more remote places usually only one post office in a city can handle sending international boxes or letters. Also many times it might be worth having the name of the country you are trying to send to in Chinese characters. Post offices have a striking green logo and can easily be found everywhere in the cities. They are mostly open every day (including weekends!) from 8:00am to 6:00pm, though small offices might have shorter opening times, while the bigger ones in central and touristic areas are sometimes open during evenings as well.
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