A stop on the legendary Silk Road, Xian is one of the ancient capitals of China. The city has an impressive number of world-famous sights, including the Terracotta Warriors, one of China's renowned archaeological discoveries.
Located in the prestigious district of Gaoxin hi-tech development zone, Shangri-La Hotel, Xian, enjoys easy access to Xian's leading business, entertainment and shopping destinations.
Whether arranging a private car, hailing a taxi or directing you to the nearby bus stations, our hotel staff will help ensure you arrive at your selected destination comfortably and on time.
Penny Wang, a native from Xian, has been working for the Shangri-La group as a tour manager for 12 years. During this time, she has escorted over 5,000 guests on more than 1,500 visits to the Eighth Wonder of the World - the Terracotta Warriors. When asked about her personal ambition, Penny says, "I want to be a good ambassador for Shangri-La and my hometown".
The hotel has received much positive feedback on Penny through letters and TripAdvisor comments. One guest said, "If you have the opportunity to go to Xian, then you must go to Shangri-La. With the guidance of Penny, you are sure to have a delightful tour of the ancient city".
For more travel information or to ask about our services, please contact Penny at [email protected].
This army of life-size warriors has silently guarded the First Emperor's Tomb for over 2,000 years. One of the exceptional qualities about the Terracotta Warriors is that each soldier’s face is unique – there are no copies.
Famed for being a large city wall, it is also a well-preserved ancient city architecture in China. This ancient structure is 12 metres in height and 13.7 kilometres in length. Originally built to defend the city, the wall is extremely robust.
Standing in the centre of downtown Xian, the Bell Tower is a classical building with carved beams and painted rafters.
The tower got its name from the ancient practice of striking a huge bell within it every morning. This structure is an icon of Xian and an important historical monument.
About 500 metres northwest of the Bell Tower on West Street stands the Drum Tower, which was built during the Ming Dynasty. In ancient times, the city’s people would sound a big drum on the tower every evening for ten minutes.
The bell in the Bell Tower and the drum in the Drum Tower have been referred to as "the Morning Bell" and "the Dusk Drum".
Located in the southern part of the city, the Goose Pagodas are two fine remaining Buddhist sites in the city centre.
Visitors can climb up the pagoda through an interior staircase to take in a beautiful bird's-eye view of Xian.
The Great Mosque
The Great Mosque, located on Huajue Lane, is a major site for the religious activities of over 60,000 Muslims in Xian. Unlike Arabian mosques with domes and minarets, this mosque was designed in a traditional Chinese style.
Located in Fufeng County, 118 kilometres from Xian, Shaanxi Famen Temple was originally built in 300 AD to promote Buddhism during the Eastern Han Dynasty.
Famous for housing a finger bone of the Sakyamuni Buddha, the significant structure in the temple is the Famen Temple Pagoda. Make sure to check out the Famen Temple Museum as well.
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.
Built in a classical Chinese style, the Shaanxi History Museum was opened in 1992 and is considered one of the best museums in China.
Arranged chronologically, the exhibits start from Palaeolithic Lantian Man and go on to Neolithic pottery and jade carvings. Also on display are Han, Western Wei and Northern Zhou Dynasty exhibits.