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Important facts about the region

Named "The Land of Kings and Flowers", Xian, the capital of Shaanxi Province, was home to many of China's great dynasties.

The city was also the country's capital for more than a thousand years.


All international travellers require visas although Brunei, Japan, and Singapore passport holders are able to enjoy visa-free access to China for up to 15 days.

Standard 30-day, single-entry visas can be issued in three to five working days from most Chinese embassies, and must be used within three months of the date of issue. Longer visas are often more difficult to obtain.

For further details, consult with your travel agent, China International Travel Service, China Travel Service, or any Chinese embassy or consulate.

View visa requirements from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China


The Chinese currency is known as renminbi (RMB). Credit cards are accepted in major hotels as well as shopping malls.

Here are the most recent exchange rates for some common currencies.

RMB 1.00 equals:

Exchange Rates Currency
0.19 Australian Dollar (AUD)
0.14 Euro (EUR)
0.12 British Pound (GBP)
1.15 Hong Kong Dollar (HKD)
9.90 Indian Rupee (INR)
15.35 Japanese Yen (JPY)
0.21 New Zealand Dollar (NZD)
0.21 Singapore Dollar (SGD)
0.15 US Dollar (USD)


In compliance with regulations, with effect 1 May 2016, all room, food and beverage and hotel services will be subject to Value Added Tax at the prevailing rates. At the same time, Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts will reduce service charge from 15% to 10%.


Many mid-range and top-end restaurants include their own service charge that varies between establishments.

Officially, tipping is considered inappropriate and is discouraged.

Business Hours

Bank Hours
9am - 5.30pm, Monday through Friday
9am - 3pm, Weekend and Public Holidays

Office Hours
9am to 5.30pm, Monday through Friday

Shop Hours
9 / 9:30am to 9pm or later throughout the week

Public Health

Visitors entering China are required to complete a health declaration form. Check with your local doctor or health care professional about vaccination requirements before you plan your trip.


Dress is generally informal in Xian except on social, diplomatic or government occasions when a suit and tie is appropriate.

Winter requires heavy clothing, including coats, hats, and gloves as temperatures can drop to freezing mark. Light clothing is appropriate for the spring and summer months.


Mild with clear four seasons, Xian has a climate ranging from hot during the summer - 28°C to 38°C (82°F to 93°F) - to moderate cold during the winter around the freezing mark. The city has a fair amount of rainfall in summer and autumn.


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Local Climate
Month High Low
Jan -4ºC 5ºC
Feb -1ºC 8ºC
Mar 4ºC 14ºC
Apr 10ºC 21ºC
May 14ºC 26ºC
Jun 19ºC 31ºC
Jul 22ºC 32ºC
Aug 21ºC 31ºC
Sep 16ºC 25ºC
Oct 10ºC 20ºC
Nov 3ºC 12ºC
Dec -3ºC 6ºC

8.5 million


Time Zone
GMT + 8 hours

Metric System

220 volts

Plug Type

Mobile Phones
GSM 900 / 1800 / 1900