Stay close to city attractions
The city formerly known as Chang’an (the emperial city) is steeped in more than 3,000 years of history. Xian, the root of Chinese civilisation, has served as the capital for 13 dynasties and is littered with historical ruins, relics and museums just waiting to be explored.
In amongst the attractions you’ll find accommodation runs the gamut from basic guesthouses to luxury hotels. Melody Hotel is a great budget-friendly hotel that sits adjacent to the Drum Tower and Bell Tower, while Garden Hotel stands opposite the Giant Wild Good Pagoda in a traditional, Tang-style garden setting.
The kids don’t have to be left behind on a visit to Xian. There’s plenty for families to do, from enjoying the musical performances at the Big Wild Goose Pagoda to cycling along the Ancient City Walls. You and the younger ones will also love seeing the famed Terracotta Warriors up close.
For something a little unique and fun for the family, make the Warriors Apartments your base while in town. Not only will everyone have plenty of space in each Qin-style apartment, each unit features full kitchen facilities, separate bedrooms and even life-size terracotta warriors!
Fit for a king and queen
While Xian may not be renowned for its high life, you can still live it up in the lap of luxury in one of the many 5-star hotels in town. You’ll be rewarded with a lavish respite away from the hustle and bustle, and a whole host of facilities to make your stay as comfortable as possible.
The resplendent Crowne Plaza Xian and its elegant rooms, indoor pool and restaurants occupies the upper floors of the towering Shaanxi Xinxi Tower, and is surrounded by city attractions including Tang Paradise. Alternatively, the Golden Flower and Kempinski Hotels also award luxury rooms with views, pampering and world-class dining.