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9 Things Not to Do in Xi’an

There are a bunch of things to do in Xi’an, the Terracotta Warriors, Mount Huashan, Big Wild Goose Pagoda and plenty more popular Xi’an attractions provide tourists different choices for a cultural tour in China. What not to do in Xi’an? Don’t be frustrated, we have listed the top 9 things not to do in Xi’an below, which may help you enjoy your Xi’an tour more smoothly and successfully.


1.Don’t Miss Cultural Activities in Xi’an.

If you really love Chinese history and culture, you should never miss cultural activities in Xi’an. You could learn to make dumplings if you have interests, or take part in cultural lessons like Chinese calligraphy, paper-cutting or Tai Chi. In addition, for those travelers who’re traveling with kids, it will be wonderful to watch a Leather-Silhouette Show. No matter what age you are, you may have so much fun in Xi’an.

Learn Tai Chi in Xi'an


2.Don’t Visit Historical Sites Without Searching Information.

We all know that Xi’an has many historical sites, such as the Terracotta Warriors, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Small Wild Goose Pagoda and Xi’an City Wall. To be honest, you won’t get a great experience if you have no idea about the history and basic information of some historical attractions. What’s more, for the specific attractions you want to visit, do some research before you go, so that you won’t be taken to fake attractions.

If you’re lazy to search information online, it’s better to get an audio guide when you arrive there. Actually, the best way is to travel with an experienced tour guide, so that you can know all the stuff you’re interested.

Terracotta Warriors


3.Don’t Climb Mount Huashan during Chinese Holidays.

What not to do in Xi’an? Never climb Mount Huashan during Chinese holidays, because what you see on the mountain will be a sea of faces, meanwhile, you have to spend a lot of time waiting for the long line. The same goes to other famous attractions in Xi’an. Make sure you avoid Chinese New Year, which around late January to February, and Golden Week in China, which is the first week of October. Because most places will be flooded with Chinese people, so that you won’t get a good travel experience.

Mount Huashan


4.Don’t Take Preparation of Your Trip Lightly.

Always get a good preparation before you start traveling. You’d better make a packing list so that you won’t forget something essential. Remember to bring enough clothes for changing, a pair of comfortable shoes and basic medicines you need. If you visit during summer, you’d better get ready for sunscreen, hat and sunglasses.

However, preparation of trip is not just about things you’re going to pack, it’s also important to check the local transportation and some tips for eating or any other information you might need. Please feel free to contact us for preparations tips if you find it too complicated, we’re glad to help you out.


5.Don’t Forget to Eat Authentic Food in Xi’an.

Even though they are many western restaurants and Indian restaurants in Xi’an, but as you’re traveling in Xi’an, don’t forget to eat some authentic food. Famous food in Xi’an are generally Mutton Paomo, Liangpi, Rou Jia Mo and Gourd Chicken. Noodles in Xi’an are also great choices for you, such as Biangbiang Noodles, Qishan noodles and beef noodles. If you’re a fan of Chinese dumplings, it will be an amazing experience to enjoy Dumpling Banquet in some famous restaurants in Xi’an.

Rou Jia Mo


6.Don’t Hesitate to Plan a Day Tour to Hukou Waterfall.

Hukou Waterfall is located right on the Yellow River, which is well-known for its grandness and magnificence. As the second largest waterfall in China and the world’s biggest yellow waterfall, Hukou Waterfall will definitely amaze you with its incredible beauty. You may need a whole day for Hukou Waterfall, because it’s a bit far away from Xi’an, normally it takes about 10 hours for a round trip.

Hukou Waterfall


7.Don’t be Shy at Queues.

It’s common to see people queueing up at some popular shops and attractions, let alone stations and bathrooms. Don’t be shy at queues, it’s hard to avoid lining up in most big cities, because of the large population in China. Pay attention to the line when waiting, as some people may slip in front of you. You may spend plenty of time on the queues when climbing Mount Huashan, especially if you really want to find the best spot for photography.


8.Don’t Assume English Will be Spoken.

Unlike Beijing and Shanghai, English is not as widely spoken as you think. Don’t bother to learn some survive Chinese sentences, or download a translate app. But local people in Xi’an are really friendly, they will try to help you though they don’t understand English quite well. In addition, a guidebook and map will be helpful.


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