The capital of the Shaanxi province of Central China, Xi’an has a rich history going back more then 3,000 years, and today is an important economic and industrial hub, with many cultural and educational offerings. Xi’an is also a major transportation hub, making access to other parts of China very easy, whether you prefer to travel by plane, train or bus. One of the biggest tourist attractions in Xi’an are the terracotta warriors, about 40 kilometers from Xi’an city center.
The platoons of clay soldiers were only discovered in the 1970’s, and the site features over 7000 warriors, 600 horses and 100 chariots. Xi’an is the closest city to the Terra Cotta Army, but while you’re here, there are many other things to see and do. To help you decide where to stay in Xi’an, we’ve rounded up the most popular districts, and some of the best Xi’an hotels for every budget.
We will cover off all types of Xian accommodation options from Hostels to luxury Xian hotels as well as how to decide where to stay in Xian, the best Xian hotels, best places in Xian to visit, the best places to stay in Xian, hotels near Xian attractions and many more.
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Xi’an City Center – Where to stay in Xian as a tourist
For first-time visitors to Xi’an, the city center is a great place to stay. You’ll have easy access to the best attractions of Xi’an, as well as public transportation to outlying areas. There are many Xi’an hotels and restaurants here to host travelers in Xi’an.
Some of the attractions in this district include the Bell Tower of Xi’an and the Drum Tower, some of the most famous landmarks of the city, dating back to 1384, just after the ancient city wall was built. The Muslim quarter here is home to the Great Mosque and excellent street food.
Best places to stay in Xi’an City Center
Xincheng District – Where to stay in Xian with family
Just east of Xi’an city center, is the central residential area of Xincheng. The proximity to all of Xi’an’s main attractions and quiet atmosphere make this a great place to stay, especially for those visiting China with children.
Xincheng Plaza is a prime shopping destination, and nearby Renmin Square is surrounded by courtyards and gardens, making this an ideal place to relax or go for a stroll. Two metro stations make other areas of Xi’an areas very accessible, and you’ll find many hotel types here, from luxury hotels to hostels.
Best places to stay in Xincheng
Yanta District – Best part of Xian to stay on a budget
Yanta is another popular place to stay in Xi’an. Just south of the city center, this area has many historic and cultural attractions. This is where you’ll find the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, an imposing Buddhist pagoda built during the Tang dynasty in 652.
Nearby, the Shaanxi History Museum is one of the largest state museums in China. With nearly 400,000 pieces of art and artifacts, the museum is a great place to learn about the dynasties of ancient China.
Best places to stay in Yanta District
Budget Hotels in Yanta District:
Shangke Express Hotel Xi’an Wenyi Road
Weiyang – Where to stay in Xian for relaxation
One of the main business districts of Xi’an is Weiyang, just north of the city center. As a business hub, there are many hotels in this area, and there are several subway stations for easy access to other parts of Xi’an. The Weiyang Palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Weiyang Lake Amusement Park is a fun place to spend an afternoon, as is the Chanba National Wetland Park, a great spot for bird watching and nature. The Daming Palace was once the royal residence of the Tang dynasty, and today is a national heritage site of China.
Best places to stay in Weiyang
Budget Hotels in Weiyang
GreenTree Inn Xi’an Hanguangmen Xiaoyanta Express Hotel
Bell Tower Hotel
Jinjiang Inn Xi’an Zhonglou Luomashi
Lintong District –Where to stay in Xian to see the Terracotta Warriors
If you are visiting this region specifically to see the terracotta warriors, they are located in the Lintong District, 35 kilometers from Xi’an city center. To see them, visit the Emperor Qinshihuang’s Mausoleum Site Museum. The Lintong Museum gives additional insight into the area. For nature, the Lishan National Forest Park is nearby. Due to the popularity of the terracotta warriors, there are many hotels to choose from in this district.
Best places to stay in Lintong
Mid range Hotels in Lintong:
Flying Dragon Hotel
Family Friendly Hotels in Lintong:
Affordable Luxury Hotels in Lintong:
Qinhuang Hot Spring Hotel
Huaqing Aegean International Hot Springs Resort&Spa
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