Planning on taking Z19 sleeper train from Beijing arriving Xi'an Main Station at 7:58 am, leaving luggage at station, then taking bus to Terra Cotta Warriors and bus back to station. We don't think it's a problem to do this and catch the Z94 sleeper train at 5:08 pm to Shanghai and maybe even take in another site.
However, we are also thinking about spending even more time in Xi'an by retrieving our bags and leave on the higher speed D308 sleeper at 9:08 pm from Xi'an North Station which will still put us within minutes of our original arrival in Shanghai. We're hoping the extra 4 hours allows a better sight-seeing experience.
I understand the Metro 2 line runs to the North station. Is it a hassle to walk to the Metro line from the Main Station? Is there adequate English available on the metro or must I count the stops? Google maps indicates it's about a mile west and north to the stop but I'd rather have someone who has transferred stations give me their advice. We would take a cab but would prefer a more local flair if it doesn't create confusion or hassle.
Suggestions on our plan and/or station transfer?