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Xian, formerly called Chang An, is the capital of Shanxi Province and the biggest city in northwest China. With a history of over 3000 years, Xian served as China's earliest capital for eleven dynasties, including the Western Zhou, the Qin, the Western Han, the Sui and the Tang dynasties, for a period of 1180 years, longer than any other. It was also the starting point of the renowed Silk Road, the main trade route between China, central Asia and Europe.

Airport Information

Name of airport: Xian Yang Airport
Distance to city: 46 km
transportation between airport and city:
  • Taxi
    • fare: CNY 7 first 3km, CNY 1.4 extra km
    • jouney time: 40-50 min.
  • Shuttle Bus (airport to CAAC ticketing office)
    • fare: CNY 20
Airport tax: CNY 90 (international flights); CNY 25 (Domestic flights)

Flying hours from Hong Kong on direct flights

Flight Schedules from/to Hong Kong
2 hours 30 min


Home entry permit required for HK Chinese.
Visa is required for foreigners.
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Embassies and Consulates

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Customs allowance
  • Tobacco: 400 cigarettes
  • Liquor: two 75cl bottles of alcoholic beverages
Customs rules require an accounting of all valuables including watches, jewellery, cameras and currency that you are taking in. A copy of this is surrendered on departure and anything missing may well be treated as imported and duty required accordingly. Therefore make sure you obtain a police report for any goods stolen during your stay.
Recorded video-tapes must be declared and may be viewed by the Authorities on arrival.
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Renminbi (RMB)
Approximately RMB1 = HK$0.9297 = US$0.1197 (updated 25 Mar 1996)
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Time Zone

GMT: + 8
Difference from Hong Kong: + 0


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  • fare: CNY 7 first 3km, CNY 1.4 extra km

Tourist Attraction

Imperial Tomb of China's first Emperor, Qin Shi Huang
8000 life-sized terracotta warriors and horses were created to protect the tomb of the first emperor of Qin and are almost 2200 years old. They were unearthed in 1979.
600-year-old Ming Dynasty City Wall
The Great Wild Goose (Dayan) Pagoda
the most famous pagado in China, dating from 652 A.D. There are 248 steps to the top from where there is an excellent view.
Small Goose Pagoda
Huashan Mountain
Buddhist Temple of Grace (Da Ci En)
Da Xingshan Temple
The Bell Tower and Drum Tower - built during the Ming Dynasty
The Banpo Neolithic Village Museum
Shanxi Provincial (History) Museum
Hua Qing Hot Springs
Tang Emperor Xuan Zong dallied with the beautiful Yang Guifei and almost lost his kingdom.
The Forest of Stone Tablets

Tours and Activities

Tours from Hong Kong

Shopping guide

Along Dong Da Avenue


Min. -1C (in Jan)
Max. 27 C (in Jul)
Annual Rainfall: 1752mm
Rainy Season: Jun - Sept
Best Season to visit: Spring (Jan - Mar)
Temperature - Five Day City Forcast
Precipitation - Five Day City Forcast
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Official Languages: Mandarin
Language of Business and Administration: Mandarin and English
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220 volts, 50 cycles

Emergency Number

S.O.S. Worldwide Alarm Centres: Please click here
Tourist Hotline: 5261179
Ambulance: 120 , 7213460
Emergencies: 110 (foreigner's section 552729)
Fire: 119
Tel No. Enquiry: 114
Police: 110
Foreign Affairs Office of Police: 7216795

Public Holidays

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