About Xi’an, China
Formerly known as Sian, Xi’an is the capital city of Shaanxi province, located in northwest China. It is one of the oldest cities in China, and the oldest of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China. The city is home to the famous Terracotta Army. Since the late 20th century, Xi’an emerged as a significant industrial, cultural and educational center. Xi’an has a population of more than 5million according to the 2011 census, making it the most populated city in Northwest China. A report published by the Economist Intelligence Unit named Xi’an as one of 13 emerging megacities in China.
Popular Destinations in Xi’an
Having served as the headquarters of several dynasties, Xi’an is a great place to tour for those who love Chinese history and culture. There’s a lot to explore in this lovely city, but here are the top picks:
Huaging Hot Spring: This site is located five km away from the Terracotta Warriors and Horse Museum. The spring is mostly famous for the romantic story of Emperor Xuanzong and his concubine Yang Guifei during the Tang Dynasty. Huaging Hot Spring is the place to be for exploring history, particularly that of the Tang Dynasty.
The Bell and Drum Towers: Starting from the Ming Dynasty, every city had a bell and a drum tower. Both were used to tell time during the ancient times. The bell was sounded at dawn while the drum was sounded at dusk. The Bell and Drum Towers located in Xi’an dated back to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Both are located at the center of the city and the views from the top are spectacular.
Shaanxi Provincial History Museum: It is one of the four largest museums in China and a must-see for Chinese history enthusiasts. The museum is located to the northwest of the Big Wild Goose Panda and the first noticeable feature before going inside is its architectural beauty. The museum covers an area of 700,000 square meters, with the construction area being more than 50,000 square meters. The Shaanxi Provincial History Museum showcases the development of Chinese civilization as well as Shaanxi culture.
Forest of Stone Steles: It was originally built in 1087 and today, it still holds a large collection of steles in China. It is a classical courtyard-style structure built at the site of the former Confucian Temple in Sanxue Street. It covers an area of more than 30,000 square meters. The museum is home to ancient Chinese stone engraving classic. The steles are arranged in such a way that they resemble a forest, hence the name. With more than 900 years of history, it’s understandable why people travel far and wide to explore this gem.
Hanyang Tombs: This is the site of the tomb of Jin Emperor’s tomb from the Han Dynasty and it was opened to public in 2001. Hanyang Tombs is famous for its collection of animals and terracotta figurines. While the tomb is not open to the public, the exhibition hall showcases artifacts from the burial sites surrounding his main tomb.
Luxury Lodging in Xi’an
Travelers can choose from a range of hotels in Xi’an, including the following options:
- Grand Metropark Hotel
- Grand Soluxe International Hotel Xi’an
- Hilton Xi’an
- Hyatt Regency Xi’an
- Orient Hotel Xi’an
- Shangri-La Hotel, Xi’an
- Sheraton Xian at San Hao Lu
- Sheraton Xian North City Hotel
- Sofitel Legend Peoples Grand Hotel Xian
- Sofitel Xian on Renmin Square Hotel
- The Westin Xi’an
- Titan Times Hotel
- Xi’an Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza
Airports In or Nearby Xi’an
Interested in chartering a private aircraft to Xi’an, China? Here are some of the nearest airports that are available for our clients who are traveling to and from Xi’an via private jet travel:
- Xi’an Xianyang International Airport (XIY): Located approximately 25 miles northwest of Xi’an’s city centre, this is the main airport that serves the capital of China’s Shaanxi Province. The airport covers an area of nearly 2 square miles and is the largest airport in Northwest China. The airport has three terminals, where the newest terminal alone can handle more than 20 million passengers per year. There are two concrete runways that are in the 05L/23R and 05R/23L directions.
- Qingyang Airport (IQN): Located less than 135 miles from Xi’an, Qingyang Airport serves the city of Qingyang in the Gansu Province of China. The airlines that are based there include Tianjin Airlines, Spring Airlines and China United Airlines. The airport has one runway, a main terminal area, air traffic control building and is also used for general aviation operations.
- Yuncheng Guangong Airport (YCU): Located approximately 154 miles from Xi’an, the airport was built to serve the city of Yuncheng in the Shanxi Province. The airport has two terminal buildings, where the newest one is ten times the size of its predecessor. There is one runway and seven aircraft parking aprons. As the terminal was designed to serve more than one million passengers annually, it has a peak capacity of more than 870 passengers on an hourly basis.
- Luoyang Beijiao Airport (LYA): Located about 200 miles from Xi’an, this is the main airport that serves Luoyang which is a city in the Henan Province of China. It is ranked at the 4th busiest airport in the country according to its traffic movement. It is also houses an exercising terminal of Civil Aviation Flight University of China. The airport sits at an elevation of more than 800 feet above mean sea level and a single concrete runway in the 08/26 direction.
- Yan’an Ershilipu Airport (ENY): Located less than 260 miles from Xi’an, the airport is open for both public and military use. This airport mainly services the city of Yan’an in the Shaanxi Province. Replacing the former Yan’an Dongguan Airport, it sits at an elevation of more than 3,000 feet above mean sea level and one runway.
- Ankang Wulipu Airport (AKA): Located less than 120 miles from Xi’an, Ankang Wulipu Airport sits at an elevation of more than 850 feet above mean sea level, and has a single concrete runway in the 11/29 direction, as well as one main terminal building.
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