Se hva du kan gjøre og oppleve i Xi'an

Xi'an was once called Chang'an, the City of Long-lasting Peace. The city was the capital of the legendary Tang Dynasty, as well as 13 other dynasties, and the legendary ancient Silk Road started here. The variety of folk handicrafts that greets the visitor is bewildering. With all this heritage behind it, Xi'an stands proud even in the face of its modernisation, a spectacular testament to the magnificent legacy the Chinese are so proud of.

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Dayan Pagoda / 大雁塔

Built initially by the Tang Emperor to honour his mother, the Da Ci'en Temple is the place where millions of historical rarities are housed. According to legend, all the Buddhist holy books were stored and translated after eminent monk Xuanzang returned from the journey to seek the scriptures. Inside the temple stands the Dayan Pagoda (also known as Giant Wild Goose Pagoda), constructed in the 7th century by China's first woman leader, Empress Wu Zetian.
Adresse: 1 Ci'en Lu, Yanta District, Xi'an
Telefon: +86 29 8552 7958
Åpningstider: 9h - 17h

Emperor Qinshihuang's Mausoleum Site Museum / 秦始皇兵马俑博物馆

This is the one attraction that has captured the imagination of visitors both from inside and outside the country. China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang, whose greater-than-life ambition also gave birth to the creation of the Great Wall, amassed battalions of life-sized warriors fashioned out of clay, complete with chariots and horses. Each soldier has a different and unique facial expression. Even after more than 2,200 years (it was finished in 210 BC), the warriors remain in perfect condition, watching over their long deceased ruler.
Adresse: Qinling Bei Lu, Lintong District, Xi'an
Telefon: +86 29 8139 9001
Åpningstider: 8h30 - 18h

Xiaoyan Pagoda / 小雁塔

Xiaoyan Pagoda (Small Wild Goose) is lower than the Dayan (Giant Wild Goose) Pagoda. However, it contains more floors. Like its larger counterpart, it was built around 700 AD, and its primary purpose was to hold the holy Buddhist scriptures carried to China. In the neighbourhood of the pagoda, the Shaanxi Museum is home to many treasures in the province.
Adresse: 72 Youyi Xi Lu, Beilin District, Xi'an
Telefon: +86 29 8780 3591
Åpningstider: 9h - 18h

Huashan Mountain / 华山

As one of the most famous mountains in China, Hua Mountain is considered sacred to the Taoist religion. It is a strenuous climb, but there is a ropeway that gives visitors headed to the mountain as an easier option. The breathtaking views at the top with clouds floating on the mountains worth your effort. Although 120 kilometres away from the city of Xi'an, it is absolutely worth visiting.
Adresse: Huayin County, Weinan
Telefon: +86 400 0913 777
Åpningstider: 24/7

Ancient City Wall / 古城墙

The well-preserved city wall, which is almost 12 km long, has stood for more than 600 years and are still a great way to navigate around the city. You can cycle or take a walk around the city wall built in traditional style. Locals like to say that they can still hear the sounds of wars and soldiers' cries lingering around, reminding them of those past glories.
Adresse: Da Nan Men, Beilin District, Xi'an
Telefon: +86 29 8727 2792
Åpningstider: 8h - 22h

Zhonglou Tower / 钟楼

This 14th-century bell tower is possibly the best-preserved one in China. In ancient times, guards stood and observed the surrounding countryside to prevent invasions. Today it remains no less important, marking the geographical centre of the city.
Adresse: Zhonglou, Beilin District, Xi'an
Telefon: +86 29 8727 6420
Åpningstider: 8h - 22h

Gulou Tower / 鼓楼

This ancient drum tower holds a total of 24 drums, which corresponds to the 24 solar terms that the Chinese used back then to mark time. Not a single iron nail had been used in the erection of this grand structure while first built in the 14th century and reconstructed 300 years later. At the top of the tower, you can enjoy both a panorama of the entire city and drum shows every other hour.
Adresse: 74 Beiyuanmen, Lianhu District, Xi'an
Telefon: +86 29 8727 4580
Åpningstider: 8h - 20h30

Huaqing Hot Spring / 华清池

Located adjacent to Mausoleum of The First Qin Emperor and Lishan National Forest Park, the water of this hot spring contains many minerals that are said to be good for the skin. It is said that the most famous imperial concubine of the Tang Dynasty, Yang Yu Huan, one of the four famous beauties of ancient China, chose this as her bathing ground.
Adresse: 38 Huaqing Lu, Lintong District, Xi'an
Telefon: +86 29 8381 2003
Åpningstider: 7h - 19h

Qing Long Temple / 青龙寺

Known as the Temple of the Green Dragon, Japanese monks came to study Buddhism in the 9th century and left a legacy here. The annual cherry blossom festival is held here in March and April, basking the surroundings in a mesmerising sea of soft pink flowers.
Adresse: Xiying Lu, Yanta District, Xi'an
Telefon: +86 29 8552 1498
Åpningstider: 9h - 17h

Great Mosque / 清真大寺

The Great Mosque is one of the largest, oldest and best-preserved Islamic mosques in China. A trip is worth for its centuries-old history, and also for its particular design of mixed architecture with traditional Muslim and Chinese styles.
Adresse: 30 Huajue Xiang, Lianhu District, Xi'an
Telefon: +86 29 8727 2541
Åpningstider: 8h - 21h

Shaanxi History Museum / 陕西历史博物馆

If you enjoy exploring museums, this is the right place to fulfil knowledge about the ancient Chinese empire which had situated in this region. Take a trip through the region's and city's ancient history at this huge museum, which demonstrates four original terracotta soldiers.
Adresse: 91 Xiaozhai Dong Lu, Xi'an
Telefon: +86 29 8525 3806
Åpningstider: 8h30 - 18h

Temple of the Eight Immortals / 八仙庵

Xi'an's largest Taoist temple dates back to the Song dynasty and is still an active place of worship. Supposedly built on the site of an ancient wine shop, it was constructed to protect against subterranean divine thunder. Scenes from Taoist mythology are painted around the courtyard. Empress Cixi, the mother of the last emperor, stayed here in 1901 after fleeing Beijing during the Boxer Rebellion.
Adresse: 12 Beihua Xiang, Chang Le Fang, Beilin District, Xi'an
Telefon: +86 29 8248 8214
Åpningstider: 7h30 - 18h

Muslim Quarter / 回民街

China's Muslim population has been firmly established in Xi'an for centuries, and the Muslim Quarter of the city extends north from the Drum Tower over small alleys and backstreets, which feature halal butcher shops, small mosques, food markets and shops selling typical wares.
Adresse: Bei Yuan Men, Lianhu District, Xi'an
Åpningstider: 24/7

Gao's Grand Courtyard / 高家大院

This historic house belonged to an affluent family back in the day so you can see how they lived and how they used each section of the house. You can also enjoy the varied artistic experience here including shadow play, paper cutting and painting. During shadow play talks, you can learn more about traditional Chinese tale.
Adresse: 144 Bei Yuan Men, Lianhu District, Xi'an
Åpningstider: 8h30 - 22h30

First Noodle Under The Sun / 天下第一面

Xi'an is known to be the kingdom of noodles. As a historical wheat production area, the city has a thousand-year-long history of making noodles. Today you can find hundreds of variations throughout the province, with or without soup, boiled or sautéd, thick or thin, round or flat, sweet or spicy, noodles have become the very fundamental part of locals' life, and you can always find one that you adore.
Adresse: 195 Hanguang Nan Lu, Yanta District, Xi'an
Telefon: +86 29 8935 2658
Åpningstider: 10h - 22h

Five Zen5es / 中国元素

Five Zen5es offers you extensive options of Chinese and Japanese dishes so you can enjoy a wide variety of food including Liangpi, steamed flounder fish and dim sum. You may also try the traditional hot soup with BBQ eel and chicken: the flavour and portion size will never let you down.
Adresse: 66 Ci'en Lu, Yanta District, Xi'an
Telefon: +86 29 6568 6568
Åpningstider: 11h30 - 14h, 17h30 - 21h30

Redfort Indian Restaurant / 红堡

Redfort Indien Restaurant serves you a wide range of authentic dishes of the Indian cuisine in a magnificent ambience of live Indian dance performances in a historic fort decor. It is a great place to spend some time with family and friends, as the range of beverages and popular Asian dishes can always satisfy different cravings.
Adresse: 118 Datang Xi Shi, Laodong Nan Lu, Lianhu District, Xi'an
Telefon: +86 29 8411 3559
Åpningstider: 10h - 22h

Ganges Indian Restaurant / 恒河印度餐厅

After serving Beijing city for over 9 years, Ganges Indian Restaurant comes to Xi'an and is now based very close to the city's iconic landmark: the Wild Goose Pagoda. You will be served a range of traditional dishes of Indian cuisine, including vegetable karahi and aloo matar. Voted the best Indian Restaurant in Beijing for over 6 years, it entices with affordable prices and delicious food.
Adresse: A5-3 Happy Mall Food Court, Ci'en Lu, Yanta District, Xi'an
Telefon: +86 29 8931 8440
Åpningstider: 10h - 22h

Cyclist Restaurant / 骑行者

Would you love to have some Italian and European food after staying in Xi'an for a while? Cyclist Restaurant offers a range of Italian and European dining choices from salad to steak, as well as great beer and wine selections, including fruit beer. You will be served by English speaking staff with a warm and welcoming attitude.
Adresse: 25 Huangcheng Dong Lu, Xincheng District, Xi'an
Telefon: +86 29 8744 6504
Åpningstider: 11h30 - 14h30, 17h30 - 21h30

Fan Ji Rou Jia Mo / 樊记腊汁肉夹馍

Rou Jia Mo can be likened to a Chinese take on a burger. The meat is stewed for hours in a secret broth seasoned with more than 20 spices, then finely chopped and served in freshly baked bread. Don't forget that you have other options including ramen, cold rice, fermented glutinous rice and other traditional snacks.
Adresse: 53 Zhubishi Jie, Beilin District, Xi'an
Telefon: +86 29 8727 3917
Åpningstider: 8h - 20h30

Chang'an Diner / 长安大牌档

There are many kinds of delicious traditional street foods in Xi'an. However, they are scattered around the city and often hide in the alleyways, which can make them hard to find. Chang'an Diner is the restaurant that brings all these traditional dishes together. They even took it one step further and came up with some creative dishes such as sweet fermented rice ice cream and Mahjong-shaped sesame dessert.
Adresse: Xiaozhai Dong Lu, Yanta District, Xi'an
Telefon: +86 29 8932 6688
Åpningstider: 10h - 22h

Lao Sun Jia / 老孙家饭庄

This restaurant started in 1898 and is renowned domestically and abroad. It is one of the best places to try Xi’an's famous dish yang rou pao mo, which is bread soaked in traditional mutton soup. The restaurant also serves beef and mutton steamed bread, local snacks, as well as Western halal cuisine. The honorary chairman of the Chinese Kuomintang, Lien Chan once inscribed it as "hundred years delicious".
Adresse: 78 Dongguan Zheng Jie, Yanta District, Xi'an
Telefon: +86 29 8249 4851
Åpningstider: 10h - 22h

Marley's Coffee

Would like to have a taste of western food in Xi’an? Marley's Coffee is your ideal destination serving hot drinks and snacks, as well as cocktails with good live music later in the evening.
Adresse: 3 Nan Da Jie, Beilin District, Xi'an
Telefon: +86 29 8739 0095
Åpningstider: 16h - 3h

Pingze Coffee / 平仄咖啡馆

This newly opened café is currently a hit on Chinese social media. It is a French-style café with beautiful decor which creates a relaxing atmosphere. They serve dozens of delicate cakes and desserts. Order a cup of coffee, pick a book, and enjoy a quiet afternoon.
Adresse: Jiefang Lu, Xincheng District, Xi'an
Telefon: +86 29 8739 9757
Åpningstider: 12h - 20

Qian Cao / 浅草手作

Qian Cao is a uji matcha themed café & dessert shop. They offer matcha flavour ice cream and milkshakes, as well as all kinds of delicate cakes. Genmaicha and mille-feuille matcha are a must-try combination.
Adresse: Jiefang Lu, Xincheng District, Xi'an
Telefon: +86 29 8737 0091
Åpningstider: 10h - 22h

Miao Café / 喵咖啡

Who would say no to cute kittens? Here at Miao Café, you can have some nice coffee while enjoying the company of these beautiful little creatures. The café also takes care of all the details. All the drinks are served with lids; hand sanitizer and shoe covers are provided when entering the place.
Adresse: 20 Bingjiao Xiang, Lianhu District, Xi'an
Telefon: +86 29 8756 4122
Åpningstider: 11h - 21h30

Maan Coffee / 漫咖啡

Would like to refresh yourself in a well-designed coffee shop? Maan Coffee brings you a cosy atmosphere with Turkish interior decor elements, all while you're being served with a wide range of drinks and food ranging from brewed black coffee and cappuccino to fresh sandwiches.
Adresse: Huancheng Nan Lu, Beilin District, Xi'an
Telefon: +86 29 8964 3668
Åpningstider: 9h - 24h

Le Ban Coffee / 乐班

Searching for a cosy place for a break from the city? Le Ban Coffee is the perfect choice for you as they serve a variety of drinks and food including carrot cake and latte in a warm and relaxed ambience.
Adresse: 88 Nanguan Zheng Jie, Beilin District, Xi'an
Telefon: +86 29 8765 1617
Åpningstider: 8h - 22h

Tang Dynasty / 唐乐宫

Tang Dynasty is a leading entertainment theatre and dinner restaurant in Xian. It offers a unique experience to indulge yourself in exotic Chinese performance of dance and music that was used in ancient ritual prayer for a good harvest and better life.
Adresse: 75 Chang'an Bei Lu, Beilin District, Xi'an
Telefon: +86 29 8782 2222
Åpningstider: 11h30 - 14h30, 17h30 - 22h

Jeno Belgium Pub / 杰诺比利时酒吧

You can choose from over 40 different Belgian beers imported from Belgium and a wide range of pizza and burgers including Mediterranean pizza in this popular Western-style bar. The patio is a nice place for enjoying a burger and fries with fantastic live music.
Adresse: 69 Shuncheng Nan lu, Beilin District, Xi'an
Telefon: +86 29 8726 4019
Åpningstider: 12h - 1h

Park Qin

Park Qin is located near the centre of Xi'an. It is the only Terracotta Warriors themed bar in China. The venue has a unique décor, excellent live music and a wide selection of tasty drinks. You are guaranteed to have a good time here.
Adresse: 2 Shun Cheng Xi Xiang, Beilin District, Xi'an
Telefon: +86 29 8728 0092
Åpningstider: 19h30 - 3h

Near Wall Bar and Xian Brewery / 泥窝窝

Near Wall Bar, as the name indicates, is located nearby the historic City Wall of Xian. Here you can enjoy a beautiful view of the City Walls in the outdoor patio. Near Wall Bar and Xian Brewery serves you a range of good quality beers and foods. They also produce their own beer that is too good to miss. This bar is popular amongst the expats and is, of course, English friendly.
Adresse: 40 West Section of Shuncheng Bei Lu, Xi'an
Telefon: +86 29 8721 9663
Åpningstider: 16h - 2h

3As4 Bar

This fantastic and trendy bar features all kinds of goodies for visitors ranging from Chinese-style cocktails to a film projector and pool table. Prices are more than reasonable. And it is also a great place to go for sports night.
Adresse: Defu Xiang, Beilin District, Xi'an
Åpningstider: 16h - 2h

Seg International Shopping Mall / 赛格国际购物中心

Seg International Shopping Mall is the biggest commercial centre in Xi'an. Here you'll find a cinema, karaoke, restaurants that offer various cuisines as well as local and international brands. There's also the allegedly longest escalator in Asia with a length of 51 metres, that brings you straight to the 6th floor.
Adresse: 123 Chang'an Zhong Lu, Ynata District, Xi'an
Telefon: +86 29 8553 1381
Åpningstider: 10h - 23h

Hua Jue Xiang / 化觉巷

Hua Jue Xiang is a historical area that's been transformed into a commercial street. You can find interesting gadgets, souvenirs, antiquities and books. It is not only a shopping spot: the traditional architecture and authentic atmosphere also make the place perfect to simply go for a walk.
Adresse: Hua Jue Xiang, Beilin District, Xi'an
Åpningstider: 24/7

Xi Cang / 西仓

Xi Cang is a flea market that's held every Thursday and Sunday. People flood into this area, display their stuff by the street and form a temporary market that covers five blocks. This is not only a market but an unfolding theatrical play of local living.
Adresse: Sa Jin Qiao, Lianhu District, Xi'an
Åpningstider: Every Thursday and Sunday Morning.

Luomashi Pedestrian Street / 骡马市步行街

Luomashi Pedestrian Street is a modern fashion neighbourhood commercialised with shops, malls and eateries. It is the right spot to hunt for rare knick knacks, handicrafts and groceries as well as delicious street foods.
Adresse: Dong Da Jie, Beilin District, Xi'an
Åpningstider: 24/7

Ancient Culture Street / 书院门

Nearly a hundred shops gather here selling painters brushes, handicrafts and artistic goods like painting paper. Without the crush of tourist crowds, you can have a calming walk and find amazing artwork for home decoration around this picturesque neighbourhood.
Adresse: Shuyuanmen, Beilin District, Xi'an
Telefon: +86 29 8841 8127
Åpningstider: 24/7

Passport / Visa

Xian is one of the Chinese cities that supports the 72-hour transit visa on arrival program, which means that selected nationalities (all citizens of the European Union, as well as several other countries including Albania, Argentina, Australia, Belarus, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Iceland, Japan, Macedonia, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, Qatar, Russia, South Korea, Switzerland, Ukraine, and United States) are eligible for a transit visa on arrival via the Xi'an Xianyang International Airport. For longer stays, a visa must be pre-arranged in advance, so consult your local embassy for details. You must bring your passport at all times with you for all hotels will insist on seeing it for check-in. It is now mandatory to present your passport when buying train tickets; you will also need it for using internet cafes that accept foreigners. The Chinese government requires that your passport must be valid for at least six months after the expiry date of your visa when entering the country. You will need at least one blank page in your passport for the visa. Take an ID card with your photo in case you lose your passport and make photocopies of your passport: your embassy may need these before issuing a new one in case of loss. You must report the loss to the local Public Security Bureau (PSB), who will issue you with a 'Statement of Loss of Passport'. Long-stay visitors should register their passport with their nation's embassy.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Xi'an will be when the average temperatures are at a comfortable level between 20°C and 30°C during June, July, August and September.

Internet Access and VPN in China

Due to the Internet policy of China, certain websites and applications are not accessible from the mainland, which includes those very commonly used in the west (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google, Skype and more). Some travellers have been able to gain access to those via a VPN service (installed prior to arrival in China). Make sure you comply with local laws and regulations when deciding on whether or not to employ a VPN, and which one to choose (if you do, only use those explicitly allowed by the Chinese government, and only use them for authorised purposes to avoid any trouble). There have been reports of foreigners in China getting their cell service cut off in response to unauthorised use of VPN being detected; restoring cell service required a trip to the local police station where contents of the device were investigated and certain apps removed. Giving that Google is banned in China, Google Maps might not be the most accurate and reliable source of information. Some local apps such as Baidu Maps and AutoNavi tend to work better than Google Maps.


Xianyang International Airport is located northwest of Xian, 45 km away from the centre. You can take a taxi from the airport to downtown. It is economical to take one of the airport express buses heading into town.
Adresse: Xianyang, Shaanxi
Telefon: +86 29 8879 6997

Public Transport

The Xi'an Railway Station is located in the Northeast of the urban area, the starting place of the Silk Road. It takes 30 minutes from the station to downtown by taxi. The most popular way to tour the city is by bus. A city map would be handy, though it may be a hassle for non-Mandarin speakers.
Adresse: The eastern of North Huancheng Lu, Xi'an
Telefon: +86 29 8213 1300


It's convenient and simple to travel by taxi in Xi’an. And for non-Mandarin speakers, it is better to have the destination written in Chinese characters to avoid miscommunication with the drivers. You can also use taxi cab hailing service with WeChat or Alipay (like the Chinese version of Uber).


Xi'an Shuanghe Pharmacy Hospitals Xi'an Affiliated Hospital No.1 Xi'an Medical University: 85227604 Xi'an Central Hospital: 87251973 Xi'an Red Cross Hospital: 87880857 Xi'an No. 1 Hospital: 87217170
Adresse: 8 Dongliu Xiang, Xi'an
Telefon: +86 29 8728 8912

Post Office

Bell Tower Post Office
Adresse: 1 Bei Da Jie, Beilin District, Xi'an
Telefon: +86 29 8727 9215
Åpningstider: 9h - 18h


Country code: +86 Area code: 29


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