Sunday, May 21, 2017

Xi'an, Shaanxi - China 2017

Xi'an, Shaanxi - My 4th visit to Xian. As done in my previous trips, I used Xi'an as a base for my extended visits to Xinjiang, Kazakhstan, Lanzhou, Xining and for this trip to Kaifeng, Yan'an & Tianshui. In may last few visits, I had visited the Terra Cotta Soldiers Museum, History Museum of Shaanxi, Muslim Street, Bell & Drum Tower, South Gate & Xi'an City Wall, Hua Shan, Big & Small Goose Pagoda, Huaqing Pool, Famen Temple & Museum, Daming Palace & Park, Qiangling Mausoleum, Tomb of Prince Yide, Forest of Steele etc.

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Transport: Malaysia low cost carrier, Air Asia has regular flights from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Xi'an - travelling time is approx. 5 hrs ( departure time 18.15>23.15). Upon arrival and after the immigration clearance, we took an airport shuttle bus (CNY27) to Xian Railway Station (Long Hai Hotel). Xian airport shuttle bus service runs even after the midnight ! Upon arrival at Long Hai Hotel, we took a taxi (CNY10) to Beidajie and check in to our hostel. By the time we retired for bed, it was close to 03.00am !  Airport taxi pick up arranged by hostel costs CNY150 !


1) Emperor Qinshihuang's Mausoleum Site Museum (entrance fee CNY150)


2) Bell Tower, Xian (built in 1384)


3) Drum Tower, Xian (built in 1380)


4) Muslim Street


5) Big Goose Pagoda, North & South Square, Musical Fountains


6) Muslim Lane near Beidajie


7) Morning market at South gate City Wall


8) A Garden at South Gate City Wall


9) Jinkang Tea Culture Street 


10) Xi'an Train Station


11) Xi'an North Station (High Speed Trains)


12) High Speed Train Passing Huashan


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13) Xi'an City Wall


14) Lianhu Garden


15) Century Ginwa Plaza, near South Gate City Wall



16) Ancient City Youth Hostel, 4, Lianhu Road, North Avenue Intersection, Xian - www.yhagucheng.com, Tel 029-87365338. Located behind the Beidajie Metro Station, Exit B. Dorm beds CNY50-55. Online booking via Hostelworld.com. Very conveniently located, 15 mins walk to Bell Tower & Muslim Street. Public buses are easily accessible at a bus stop next to the Beidajie Metro station. We took public buses to Big Goose Pagoda, South Gate and a leisure bus ride to the suburban Xi'an area.


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