Xian Travel Tips

Climate and Weather

Influenced by the East Asian monsoon, Xian has a temperate continental climate, with moderate rainfall and four distinct seasons. Spring and autumn are short and dry but they are the best time for travelers to visit Xian. Snow occasionally falls in winter but rarely settles for long. The thunderstorms in summer are frequent but short. January is the coldest month with an average temperate of -0.5℃~1.3℃, while the average temperature of July ranges from 26.3℃ to 27℃.

Local Festivals and Folk Custom

Chang'an International Calligraphy Annual Convention
Main Programs: Tang-style autograph ceremony at Yanta, exhibition of calligraphy pieces through the ages, arts exchanges between Chinese and foreign calligraphers, sales exhibition of the Four Treasures of the Study, calligraphy theory discussion forum, visiting forest of steles and 13 calligraphic stone carvings at Shimen, etc.
Time: the last week in every March
Place: Xian

Xian Classical Culture and Art Festival
Main Programs: traditional music and dance performance, local operas, ancient culture display, sales exhibition of folk arts and crafts, grand firework, etc.
Time: every September
Place: Xian

Ancestor Worship Ceremony for the Chinese Ancestor Yellow Emperor
Main Programs: reading the funeral oration, offering sacrifices, burning paper money and incense, drum beating, lighting fire crackers, folklore show, planting cypresses, visiting Xuanyuan Temple, etc.
Time: before the day in every Tomb Sweeping Day
Place: Huangling County (210km from Xian)

Mt. Huashan International Cliff Climbing Contest
Main Programs: Climbing Nature Hillsides and Man-Made Cliffs
Time: Every September
Place: Mt. Huashan (120km from Xian)

Xian City Wall International Marathon Friendship Race
Main Programs: men’s and women’s full marathon, half marathon, 5kms and 10kms race.
Time: first Sunday in every November
Place: Xian City Wall

Xian Terra Cotta Warriors and Pomegranate Festival
Main Programs: visiting the Terra Cotta Warriors and Huaqing Hot Springs, admiring the large-scale pomegranate Garden and tasting pomegranate, lighting ceremony at ancient beacon towers in Lishan Mountain, etc.
Time: every mid-September
Place: Lintong District, Xian

Other Odds and Ends

Telephone code: 029
Zip code: 710000
Toilet facilities: most toilet facilities in emporiums, shopping centers, supermarkets, stations and scenic spots are free. But we’re not very sure they have the western style toilet.

Banks: Shaanxi Branch of Bank of China offers money changing service.
Shaanxi Branch of Bank of China
Address: 21, Xianningxi Road, Xian
Xian Branch of Bank of China
Address: 38, Juhuayuan, Beilin District, Xian
Nanshaomen Sub branch of Xian Branch of Bank of China
Address: 91, Youyidong Road, Beilin District, Xian

Post office: (Opening Hours: 8:30-18:00)
City Center: Bell Tower Post Office, Northeast corner of Bell Tower Square
South Suburb: Xiao Zhai Branch, No.3 Xiaozhaixi Road
North Suburb: Bei Guan Branch, No.18 Beiguanzheng Road

Internet bar: tourists can easily find internet bars near colleges or universities, usually it costs you 1 - 2 Yuan per hour, but those with better facilities and faster connection speeds may cost more.
Jiaoda Branch of Hong Shulin Internet bar
Address: 2/F, Zonghe Building, Jiaoda Market, Xianningxi Road, Xian
Xiao Mayi Internet Club
Address: 2/F, Seastar Supermarket, southwest corner of Wenyi Road crossing

Emergency Numbers
Fire: 119
Traffic: 122
Ambulance: 120
Police: 110

Xijing Hospital
Address: No. 15, Changlexi Road, Xian
Tel: (029) 83375011
People's Hospital of Shaanxi Province (Shaanxi Sheng Renmin Yiyuan)
Address: 214, Youyi Road, Xian
Tel: (029) 85251331
No. 2 Affiliated Hospital to Xian Jiaotong University (Xi’an Jiaoda Di'er Fushu Yiyuan)
Address: 36, Xiwu Road, Xian
Tel: (029) 87273634
Xian First Aid Center
Address: 24, Jiefang Road, Xian
Tel: (029) 87427504

Useful Numbers
Zip code Inquiry: 184
Taxi Complain: (029) 88624509
Mayor's Hotline: (029) 87295170
Xian Tourists Complain: (029) 87630166
Shaanxi Tourists Complain: (029) 85261437
Consumption Complain: 12315
Telephone Number Inquiry: 114
Public Buses Complain: 16801315
China Mobile Customer Hotline: 1860
China Unicom Customer Hotline: 1001
China Telecom Customer Hotline: 10000

Xinhua Bookstore
Address: 377, Dongdajie Road (100 meters away from Bell Tower)
Shaanxi Foreign Language Book Store
Address: 349, Dongdajie Road (500 meters from Bell tower)

Famous Universities
Xi’an Jiaotong University
Address: 28, Xianningxi Road, Xian
Xi’an International Studies University
Address: 437, Chang'annan Road, Xian
Northwestern Polytechnical University
Address: 127, Youyixi Road, Xian
Northwest University
Address: 229, Taibaibei Road, Xian

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