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Xian is the capital of Shaanxi province, located in the southern part of the Guanzhong Plain. It is surrounded by water and hills, with the Qinling Mountains to the south and the Weihe River to the north.
Xian is home to many museums and relics and it is because of its cultural and historical significance that the Shaanxi Province has been referred to as a 'Natural History Museum'. Here you will find the Museum of Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses, the Mausoleum of Emperor Qin Shi Huang and even Xian's City Wall is of historical importance being the largest and most intact castle from the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644). The natural landscape around Xian is also marvellous, with views of Mt.Huashan, one of the five best-known mountains in China.
Gastronomes will not be disappointed here as Xian has been praised as 'the capital of table delicacies'. A vast array of cuisine is on offer including specialities such as the delicious Shaanxi snack, Guangdong and Sischuan Cuisine.
Experience Xian travel and tours with Abercrombie & Kent to have an unforgettable and highly personalised holiday to China.
Best time to be there
While there are differences in the climate according to the region in China, it is best to travel in Spring and Autumn when the weather is not too hot nor freezing cold. But we also pay attention to festival periods and special occasions.
Beijing/Shanghai/Hong Kong (British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Virgin)
11 hours 20 minutes non-stop
GMT +7 hours
Visa required for UK passport holders
Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area
Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:
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Below are some of our suggested places to stay:
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Annie, Brandon, Debbie, Margaret, Vicky Hamlin, Vicky Smith and Rachel - are experts in designing travel experiences across the region to suit your personal needs, interests and budget. Their intimate knowledge of every hotel and resort featured in our Orient, India, Australasia and Indian Ocean portfolio, together with our own network of offices throughout these areas, allows us to offer unique in-depth knowledge, unparalleled insider access and the VIP service for which Abercrombie & Kent is renowned.
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