Customs and etiquette
While the people of
Xi'an are generally very tolerant toward foreign visitors, it is worth
noting that this is a very conservative society and visitors should take
care while in public. Showing public affection is frowned upon here, as
is wearing revealing clothing, especially when visiting temples and
other sacred sights.
As with the rest of China, tipping is not common practice in Xi'an and
most top-end hotels and restaurants include a service charge in their
The base unit of
currency in Xi'an, as in most of the People's Republic of China, is the
yuan (CNY), which is often written as ¥. There are plenty of places in
Xi'an where visitors can change currency, draw money from ATMs and use
credit cards to pay for goods and services. Generally, cash is the best
method of payment for items.
Xi'an is located in a
warm temperate zone and has a continental monsoon climate with four
distinct seasons. The city tends to be hot and wet in the summer, cold
with frequent snowfall in the winter, while it often rains in spring and
Many visitors find Xi'an uncomfortably hot in the summer and freezing
during the wintertime. This means that the best months for travel are
during the spring, which takes place from March to May, and again in the
fall, from September to November.
Xi'an is blessed with
an excellent public transport system and those who know where they are
going will find a large number of buses available to take them all over
the city. The main bus station is located opposite the train station,
just outside the city walls, and tourists will find line 610 the most
convenient as it passes by a large number of tourist attractions such as
the Bell Tower.
The North/South train line was completed just a couple of years ago and
transports people across the city, while the East/West line is due to be
finished soon. There are also plenty of taxis available and the fares
are low compared to those in Western countries.
Xi'an Xianyang International Airport (XIY) is located 50km northwest of
the city center. From the airport it is possible to take a taxi straight
to the city center. Visitors can also choose to save money by taking the
regular shuttle bus. Tickets are sold at a counter just inside the
Arrivals hall and buses can be found parked just outside.
Spoken languages: Mandarin, English, Shanxi Dialect
Electrical: 220 Volts, 50 Hertz
Phone/calling code: +86 29