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Xi'an - how walkable is the city?

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Xi'an - how walkable is the city?

We are spending two days in Xi'an. I'd like to do a one-day tour to the Warriors and then spend the second day walking by ourselves to sites in the city - Bell Tower, City Wall, Muslim quarter. Is this feasible or is it too busy/polluted to be a good option. Would it be better to get a guide?

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1. Re: Xi'an - how walkable is the city?

I think that you'd better to hire a local English-speaking guide because Xian is a city full of history and customs. With the help of local guide, you will experience more and learn more the history of past of Xian and China.

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2. Re: Xi'an - how walkable is the city?

Yeah. surely That's feasible, you will have enough time for covering Terra-cotta and sites in city,no problem. you do can to do a one-day tour to the Warriors and then spend the second day walking by yourselves to sites in the city - Bell Tower, City Wall, Muslim quarter. I agree with your idea.

On the way to Terra-cotta, you also can visit Huaqing Hot Spring and Banpo Museum then on day 1.

but hope your hotel location is in Bell Tower area. that would be good for your tour. since the city wall , Bell and Drum Tower as well as Muslim are all in side of city wall, that will be easy walking way for covering sites.

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You can use the subway to travel to the little wild goose pagoda, very good place, you can't miss.

hope this can help


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4. Re: Xi'an - how walkable is the city?

It is feasible to have one day private tour to Terraocatta Warriors and Banpo/City Wall and the other day on your own in the city area by public transportation. Let’s say you book a hotel near the Bell Tower, you can take taxi to Big Wild Goose Pagoda/Shaanxi History Museum, which is the most convenient way to get there, the subway bound there is still under construction, and for the other sites such as Bell/Drum Tower, Musulim Quarter and etc are within walking distance.

To book a tour guide for the city tour or not depends on your budget and your expectation of the history and culture from your private tour guide.


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5. Re: Xi'an - how walkable is the city?

Good info on the southbound status of the subway. We were considering taking it close to Shaanxi Museum & BWGP and walking but sounds like the line/nearest station might be under construction? How far south does it currently reach? We are staying at Citadines.

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7. Re: Xi'an - how walkable is the city?

the line/nearest station to reach History Museum and Big Wild Goose Pagoda is Xiaozhai which is around 2km away from Histry Museum and 4k to reach the entrance of Big Wild Goose Pagoda.

You can get to Xiao zhai subway station by line No 2 from the Bell Tower station..

Curently, there no any direct subway to reach History Museum and Big Wild Goose Pagoda. thanks.

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Whilst in Xi'an you may wish to consider a bike ride around the walls. It's about 14 km from what I remember and is a good way of seeing the city and various sights close to the walls. It's flat and can be done fairly peacefully. It's also a great achievement once you complete the circuit. Enjoy

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9. Re: Xi'an - how walkable is the city?

Hi there, we did the same as you. We didn't have a guide for our day in the city, which was good and bad. Good because we had fun figuring out things on our own and going at our own pace. As an example, we rode completely around the city wall on bikes, and just had a nice time strolling through the Muslim quarter, etc... Bad, because I am sure a guide would have given us excellent and useful information. A guide would have also helped us work out transport a lot better, I am sure. Xi'an is a big city and I don't think it is feasible to walk everywhere, at least not without totally exhausting yourselves. We had a spectacular private guide who took us to Hanyanling Museum (awesome, don't miss), the Terracottas, then into Xi'an, dropping us off at De Fa Chang dumpling restaurant. Her name is Linda and I can't say enough wonderful things about her. She took us to the hotel and waited while we changed for dinner. She escorted us into,the restaurant and got us a table. She picked us up at the airport, and was the loveliest person. message me for,her details., and have fun whatever you do.

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10. Re: Xi'an - how walkable is the city?

We stayed at the Citadines Central Xian, and found this was within easy walking distance to the Drum and Bell Towers, the Ancient City Wall, and the Muslim Quarter. I used Google maps to print out the easiest walking routes between the hotel and each of the local sites. Very handy.

A private tour guide should be able to combine a couple of the sites further away (Terracotta Warriors, Emperor Jingdi's Tomb, Big Wild Goose Pagoda etc).

Edited: 7:30 am, October 02, 2013
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