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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.


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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.

Fly to

Beijing/Shanghai/Hong Kong (British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Virgin)

flying time

11 hours 20 minutes non-stop

time difference

GMT +7 hours

Visas

Visa required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area

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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:

Luxury Small Group Journeys - The Ancient Silk Road with Sujata Raman

Nights: 9 | from £6,395pp

The ancient Silk Road was a network of overland trade routes that linked China with the Mediterranean. For a thousand years or so, merchants made the... Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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Classic Tibet

Nights: 10 | from £4,286pp

Tibet feels like a real-life Shangri-La, a time-warp realm hid-den in the Himalaya and swirled by incense and an air of mystery. In ten days you can explore... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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A Taste of China

Nights: 7 | from £2,807pp

Panda bears, a picture-perfect river and the Paris of the Orient – this chock-full week in China com-bines the lot, mixing relaxing cruising with explo-rations... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Landscapes of Yunnan

Nights: 11 | from £4,880pp

Get under the skin of the beautiful mountainous province of Yunnan on this 11 night itinerary which uncovers the province’s key sights and cultural highlights. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Luxury Small Group Journeys - China & The Yangzi 2017

Nights: 9 | from £4,800pp

Stay at two of the finest hotels in China — Four Seasons Hotel Beijing and the Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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Below are some of our suggested places to stay:

Hilton Xian

More than 3000 years old, the ancient Chinese city of Xi'an is a history buffs dream. Topping the list of sights in and around the city are the Terracotta... Find out more

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Shangri-La Hotel Xian

The only deluxe hotel located in the Gaoxin hi-tech development zone, the Shangri-La Hotel brings modern luxury and legendary Shangri-La hospitality to... Find out more

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Sofitel Legend Peoples Grand Hotel Xian

 The Sofitel Legend Peoples Grand Hotel is set on the former Imperial Palace grounds in the heart of Xian, a Chinese town shrouded in ancient history.... Find out more

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Regent Seven Seas Cruises – Beijing to Bangkok

Nights: 18 | from £6,250pp

Uncover Asia’s rich tapestry of varying cultures and dynasties. From the ancient and modern wonders of China’s frenetic cities to the scenic beauty of... Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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