Location of Xi'an
Xi'an, the provincial capital of Shaanxi, is located in the central region of China and is one of the birthplaces of Chinese civilization. Xi'an had been the capital of 13 dynasties of ancient China, and also the eastern terminus of the ancient Silk Road.
How to Travel to Xi'an
As a transport junction connecting the east and west, Xian possesses a vast modern and three-dimensional communication network consisting of flights, railroads and highways. It is very convenient to travel to Xi'an from any major tourist destination in China and get around Xi'an.
From Beijing to Xi'an
Beijing is approximately 1200 km away from Xi'an. Foreign tourists will be most likely to travel to Xi'an directly from Beijing for two reasons: first, Beijing is their first stop in China; second, Beijing to Xi'an is one of the most classic routes of China tours for Chinese history and culture lovers.
Flight Beijing to Xi'an: approx. 1 hour 50 minutes.
Tourist train Beijing to Xi'an: approx. 10 hours, sleep overnight on the train.
Fast train (planned to be operational in 2012): approx. 3.5 hours, traveling at approx. 350 km/hr.
From Shanghai to Xi'an
The distance between Shanghai and Xi'an is around 1300 km. In terms of the number of inbound tourists, Shanghai Pudong International Airport is the 2nd biggest after Beijing Capital International Airport. Traveling directly from Shanghai to Xi'an is also very convenient.
Shanghai to Xi'an flight: approx. 2 hours and 40 minutes. (Landing in Xi'an Xi'anyang Airport)
Tourist train from Shanghai to Xi'an: approx. 14 hours, sleep overnight on the train.
Fast train (planned to be operational in 2012): approx. 5 hours, traveling at approx. 350 km/hr.
From Hong Kong to Xi'an
Hong Kong to Xi'an is approximately 2000 km in distance. Served as an international airline hub and a gateway into mainland China, Hong Kong is where you can conveniently connect your international travel with a China tour.
Hong Kong to Xi'an flight: approx. 2 hours and 30 minutes.
From Guilin to Xi'an
Guilin to Xi'an is approximately 1900 km in distance. Guilin famed as the "finest under heaven” is a must-see place in China. Guilin (often via Hong Kong), Xi'an, and Beijing together make a classic tour route to see the best of China's culture and nature.
Guilin to Xi'an flight: approx. 1 hour and 50 minutes.
Tourist train Guilin to Xi'an: approx. 27 hours, not recommended.
From Chongqing to Xi'an
The distance between Shanghai and Xi'an is nearly 900 km. Chongqing is an excellent place to can connect a Yangtze River Cruise with a land tour of China.
Chongqing to Xi'an flight: approx. 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Tourist train Chongqing to Xi'an: approx. 11 hours sleep overnight on the train.
Fast train (planned): approx. 2 hours, traveling at approx. 300 km/hr.
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