Xian Winter Tour
When planning a trip to Xian, one of the frequently asked questions likely to tantalize you is “When is the best time to visit Xian?” As one of the oldest cities in Chinese history, Xian is one of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China. Unlike other famous cities in China, Xian attractions are mostly historical relics which have little influence by seasons. As a matter of fact, Xian is a place which you can visit on all seasons.
Xian in Winter
Winter is an off season for traveling in Xian. If you are more of a person who loves winter and would like to go skiing down some of the most breath taking sites in Xian, Xian still welcomes you during the winter months. Winter which lasts from December to February is dry and cold with a little snow. The coldest month is January, with an average temperature of 0 C. The most advantage to visit Xian in winter is that you can save money and see less visitors, thus avoiding tourist crowds. Winter in Xian is cold, make sure to take enough thick clothes with you.
Xian gets very crowded and busy during school vacations and public holidays. You are kindly advised to skip over the Official Chinese Holidays when you plan your Xian Tours. Please jot down the following public holidays:This is the best time of the year to experience Chinese culture.
New Year’ Day ( 1st Jan, three-day holiday )
Chinese New Year ( later Jan and early Feb )
Lantern Festival (
Christmas in Xi'an ( Twenty-four ,December )
It might be overwhelmingly cold to stay outdoors majority of the time. However, since the main attractions in Xi'an are all INSIDE not OUTSIDE, wind chill is not a factor. The terra cotta soldiers are enclosed and the Shaanxi History Museum is heated, as well as many others. The pagodas, drum tower and bell tower are still very attractive lighted at night. You might have a great experience to see the frozen lakes do some ski, take a hot spring spa in Huaqingchi and enjoy the winter season with lesser crowd.
|November is the month when Xian enters the cold winter and dry season. In late November, the city may experience its first snow, which is not big. Cloudy and windy days are the majority. It snows and rains slightly and occasionally. The temperature difference between day and night is very big. The average temperature of daytime is 11°C / 51F, while the average temperature of the night drops to 2C / 35F. From this month, Xian comes into the traditional low season for tourism. Hotels and airlines always offer good discounts. ---|
||December in Xian is freezing. The temperature change between daytime and nighttime is very big. The daytime temperature is about 6C / 42F, and nighttime temperature may drop to -3 C / 27F. The precipitation is very little, ranking as the driest month of a year. It snows occasionally and slightly. The indoor sites are always supplied with heating. Cloudy days are the majority, thus the air condition is poor, especially in the morning|
||In January, Xian is experiencing the chilly winter. January is the coldest month with an average temperature of 0°C / 32°F.The air is very dry with an average humidity of 66%. Sometimes it snows a little, but the snow is smaller than that of some northern provinces. Big wind always blows, especially bitterly cold in the morning. Xian witnesses a lot of haze occurrences in this month, when the visibility is very low. The temperature difference between day and night is small|
Usually, the weather won't affect any tour attractions as almost all of the tour places are still open as in other seasons. There will be less rainfall and some sunny days during the winter time in Xi'an, so you might have a really nice trip. There will be fewer tourists in winter. Usually, if you travel in the winter time, you can get big discounts.
Why Travel to Xian in Winter
First of all, it is off season so the prices of accommodation as well as entrance fees to some tourist attractions are much cheaper than in season. Secondly, there are a lot less tourists in popular travel destinations, which makes them more enjoyable to visit. What is more, there is every chance that you will be able to take good pictures without crowds of other tourists pushing and shoving around you, trying to get the best shot themselves.
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Going to Huaqing Hot Spring to enjoy the leisure in winter is a good choice.
Hot pot is people's favorite in Xian in winter.
Xian Top Winter Attractions
1:Xi'an Ski Resorts.
Xian in China is a world-renowned tourist city. Besides a large number of world-famous tourist attractions, Xian is also home to some fabulous ski resorts. Tours to Xian China will refresh you. Best Places to Ski in Xi'an
There are a few ski resorts around the city, but they are mainly used by the local people. If you plan to add a skiing experience to your tour of Xi'an, we recommend you to use Cuihuashan Ski Resort, as it is the best one there. See Top Ski Resorts in China
2. Cycling along the city wall
You can go up and walk along the top or hire bikes and ride around. Yes, it sounds a little bit crazy, but not crazy enough for outdoor activity fans. Besides, nice exercise in the winter time can bring you so much fun. It is cold only at the very beginning. After cycling on the city wall for a while you will warm up and no need to worry about sweating.
3. Huaqing Hot Spring
What can be more comfortable than taking a hot spring in a cold winter day? If you travel in Xi'an during the winter time, you will have a chance to enjoy the hot spring in Huaqingchi. Huaqing Hot Spring is one of famous hot springs in China which situated at the northern foot of Lishan Mountain. It is well known for its hot spring and scenic beauty. Emperor Xuanzong and his favorite lady, Yang Guifei once made it their winter home. Yang Guifei used to take her beauty bath in Huaqingchi.
4. Visiting Museums
Most museums in Xi'an are enclosed and heated, thus winter time is also a very nice time for those who are keen on historic and cultural relics and want to know about Chinese history.
Shanxi Provincial Museum -- Shanxi Provincial Museum is an epitome of Shaanxi' glamorous imperial past. Most of these relics scattering around everywhere in the region have found their way in the Shanxi Provincial Museum.
Forest of Stele Museum -- Established in 1090 during the Northern Song Dynasty, the Stele Forest in Xian is well-known nationally for a fine and large collection of more than 1, 000 inscribed stones engraved during the period of the Han to the Qing Dynasties for over 2, 000 years.
Xi'an Museum (Small Wild Goose Pagoda)The Small Wild Goose Pagoda Scenic Area is located in the southern suburb of Xian, it mainly consists of the Xian Museum, the ancient Jianfu Temple built in the year 684 A.D during the Tang Dynasty (618-907) and the famous Small Wild Goose Pagoda. The scenic area has become a wonderful leisure site for the appreciation of cultural relics, sightseeing and entertainment.
New Year's Day came, we went to hot springs
Bring hot springs, many people will be conditioned to think of Japan, Chengdu, Sanya and other places, in fact, do not migrate, there are many hot springs around Xi'an. Spa winter leisure options, not only ease the mood, relieve stress, but also people to enjoy the hot spring water romance.
When the winds will slowly pull down the temperature, when dry and moist skin started to face problems, when day after day, is busy exporting need to find an outlet, when you want to remove the whole body's tired, do not Only nest in bed asleep, up to a warm soak in it, that all problems will disappear ... ...
Is a natural underground hot springs gush from the spring, the annual average temperature is Celsius 5 ℃, 10 ℉ Fahrenheit or above. Water warm enough to bathe, cook dumplings, boiled vegetables, spring lamb is called hot springs. China is the world's most resource-rich countries Spa, one of China's hot spring culture, especially the brilliant reflected in the "off state in the ancient emperors" of Xi'an ! Best Places to Hot springs in Xi'an
Huashan Mountain Tour
Normally, in chilly winter, it is not recommended to visit Huashan Mountain. It is said that the mountain may be closed to public during some dangerous time. However, the snow scene in Huanshan Mountain is fantastic from December to March. You will have a chance to enjoy a rare snow scene- a layer of crystal white snow covering the beautiful trees, rocks, and houses. The mountain turns into a graceful white charming picture. February is the most prosperous period of snow and the best season to enjoy the snowing mountain.
Recommended Xian Winter Tour:
That fascinating night!
Ancient City Walls in Winter
Eating & Drinking in Xi'an
Xian offers varied food ranged from ethnic cuisines to western food and some famous food in Xi'an like Rou Jia Mo 肉夹馍, a finely chopped pork pressed between two halves of a solid steamed bun is known as Xi'an's answer to the hamburger. Xi'an offers many types of Western food like pizza, real oven-baked penne, tuna sandwiches, chocolate brownies and even Texas stew; the Yang Rou Pao Mo 羊肉泡馍, the signature dishes in Xian, consists of a piece of thick bread and a kettle of lamp soup...
Places for good restaurants of food in Xi'an, one is The Muslim Quarter near Drum Town which is a preperous area with many restaurants and street vendors; another is street food presents wider range of local or regional dishes, like hot pot, noodle soups, dumplings...Famed restaurants like Defachang, Lao Sun Jia, Jiasan Guantang Baozi and so on.
Nightlife / Entertainment in Xi'an
Nightlife and entertainment in Xian is considered by many travelers as one of the indispensable part of their Xian travel plans. Xian won't disappoint them in this aspect. Travelers will find their requirements satisfied at Xian numerous bars, Karaoke & night clubs while tourists with delicate hearts can fill their night time seeing some special performances such as the Tang Dynasty Show, shadow shows.
Night activities flourish in or off Nan Dajie, Dong Dajie, Hepingmen, Lijiacun, etc. In the Defu lane near Xi'angzi Temple, bars, teahouses, cafés huddle up for the fun-seeker especially the night owls for a color night.
Xi'an Shopping Tips
Xi'an, the gateway from northwest area to central China as well as a famous tourist city, makes it the biggest commercial and trade center in northwest part of China. There are a wide variety of tourist products with local or traditional Chinese flavor. Here are some unique things Easytourchina recommended to buy in Xi'an, Replicas of bronze wares, Qin Dynasty antiques, tri-colored glazed pottery of the Tang Dynasty, works of famous calligraphers in various dynasties, Qin embroidery, artistic porcelain, lacquer wares, jade carvings, cloisonné, paper-cuts, leather-silhouette, replicas of Tang Dynasty murals, and farmers' paintings of Huxian County.
There are many stalls or shops that sell kings of souvenir at the exit areas of Terracotta warriors which offers in better price than others at the entrance of the pits; the bazaar area behind the Drum Tower in the Muslim Quarter around the Great Mosque also another place to buy souvenirs in city center Xian. Bargain hard; The Calligraphy Street near south gage inside the city is another souvenir shopping area.
Travel Tips for Xian Winter Tour
it is cold but seldom snowy in winter. The climate is dry. In winter trip to Xi'an, the thick clothes and some moisturize skin care products are necessary.Please wear your warmest clothes, such as down jacket, sweater, hat, scarf and gloves. The warmer your clothes, the happier you will be.
The air will be dry as well, so drink more water. and make sure to take an umbrella in case of rainy days.
Better order you tour in advance, to get train tickets and flight tickets can be difficult during the spring festival.
Xi'an Safety Tips
Like the other cities in China, Xi'an is generally a safe place to visit. Just Be careful about your belongings in crowds. Pickpockets are more common during holidays when you are on public transportation and some of the crowded resorts; there are also people asking for money and beggars.
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