Quick Facts

Important facts about the region

Xian, once the capital of China, is today the capital of Shaanxi province. The cultural and historical significance of the area, as well as an abundance of relics and sites, have earned Xian the title of "Natural History Museum".

Since the 1990s, as part of the economic revival of interior China, Xian has become an important cultural, industrial and educational centre.

Visas

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


Currency

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
0.22 Australian Dollar (AUD)
0.14 Euro (EUR)
0.1 British Pound (GBP)
1.21 Hong Kong Dollar (HKD)
10.34 Indian Rupee (INR)
18.92 Japanese Yen (JPY)
0.24 New Zealand Dollar (NZD)
0.22 Singapore Dollar (SGD)
0.16 US Dollar (USD)

Taxes

A 15% surcharge, including government tax, is applicable in most hotels and some private restaurants.


Tipping

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 - 5.30pm, Monday through Friday

Shop Hours
9 / 9:30am - 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

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.


Weather

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

Population
8.5 million

Language
Mandarin

Time Zone
GMT + 8 hours

Measures
Metric System

Voltage
220 volts

Plug Type
 

Mobile Phones
GSM 900 / 1800 / 1900