Ancient Chinese Capital Xian Is to Offer 72-hour Visa-free Stays

Northwest China’s Xian will start offering 72-hour transit visa exemptions for foreign nationals from 51 countries in Europe, America, Oceania and Asia in the following two or three months, said local authorities. As a result, travelers from the designated 51 countries who hold a valid passport, third country visas and have plane tickets leaving for a third country or region via Xi’an Xianyang International Airport (XXIA) within 72 hours can enjoy the policy.



Xi’an Xianyang International Airport (XXIA) will apply the visa-free policy to passengers. Foreigners granted visa-free stays will be able to visit Xi’an, Shaanxi’s capital city, and Xianyang City for up to 72 hours, according to a statement issued by the provincial government.

Xian, once the capital cities of 13 dynasties over a history of over 2,000 years in ancient China then will be the eighth city in China to carry out this policy, following Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chongqing, Chengdu, Dalian and Shenyang. (Know more about Xian on

Xian in Shaanxi boasts time-honored history, brilliant and gorgeous culture, as well as unique and excellent local food, especially the noodle food. All of these make it one of China’s most popular destinations for both inbound and outbound travels. Terracotta Warriors museum, the Eighth wonder in the world, is a must-visit for a Xian tour. Other famous sights in Xian include Xian Old City Wall, Shaanxi Provincial Museum, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Mt. Huashan and so much more. Moreover, Xian is the starting point and eastern end of ancient Silk Road, where camels and caravans came and went carrying various goods, and linking the West and East. (Know more about Chinese Silk Road on…)

The 72-hour visa-free policy expect to boost Xian’s, and even Shaanxi province’s tourism, and will also benefit a lot for businessmen and overseas Chinese, who are willing to travel this city more frequently. Statistics shows that a total of 285 million tourists visited Shaanxi in 2013, 797,000 of whom made their trips via XXIA. And most of the visitors been to Xian find it such a fantastic experience to travel around this city with its unique culture! Presents 8-day China Golden Triangle Tours

This China’s Golden Triangle tour comprises the three most visited cities in China: Beijing, Xi’an and Shanghai. Visit the landmarks, hitorical buildings and other natural sites. Tour China as a discerning traveler!

Beijing Attractions
Tian’anmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven; the  Great Wall, Ming Tombs, Sacred Road; Hutong, Peking Duck Banquet

Xi’an Attractions
Xian Ancient City Wall, Terra-cotta Worriors & Horses Museum, Bell Tower, Wild Goose Pagoda; Shaanxi Provincial Museum

Shanghai Attractions
the Bund, Nanjing Road; Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Yu Garden, Xintiandi

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Xian Dumpling Banquet – Fantastic China Culinary Tours

Jiaozi, Chinese dumplings with meat and vegetable fillings, is a traditional Chinese food with around 2,000-year history. The dumpling can be anything from a quick snack to a delicacy, and eaten at any time of the day – breakfast, lunch or dinner. It is quite popular in China, and also loved by most of foreign tourists. And, the most famous dumpling serving is in Xian – dumpling banquet.

Chinese Dumplings, China Culinary tours

Traditional Chinese Dumplings with meat and vegetable fillings

Xian dumpling banquet is a newly created feast style. It emerged on the basis of the traditional dumpling recipe in Xian Dumpling Restaurant and De Fa Chang Dumpling Restaurant. Later, the dumpling is brought forth new ideas in its color, fragrance, taste and style; meanwhile, is added ancient culture. Cooking methods of the dumpling banquet include steaming, boiling, pan-frying, deep-frying, and roasting. The fillings for dumpling include various meats, vegetables, and seasonings. Many flavors, including salty, sweet, hot, and sour are offered. Concerning the style, they make out various pretty and lovely styles such as flower, bird, grass, and fish, ect.

Xian Dumpling Banquet, China Culinary Tours

Lovely pig-shape dumplings

With these new ideas, the dumpling banquet offers over 108 different kinds of Chinese Dumplings. And elegant names are given to different themes of the banquet, such as “Dragon and Phoenix Feast”, “Peony Feast”, “Floral Feast”, “Palatial Feast”  and ” Eight Treasures Feast”, etc. Each themed feast might consist of 15 to 20 different types of dumpling resembling different shapes and fillings. They are served according to the number of guests at the table. Even if you eat fast, you won’t be able to get a second dumpling of the same style.

Xian Dumpling Banquet, Chinese Food & Cuisine

Xian Dumpling Banquet at De Fa Chang Dumpling Restaurant

It is said that to visit Xian without seeing the fantastic Terracotta Army as well as enjoying a dumpling banquet means that you have not really been to Xian at all! And, there is no better way to experience a different culture than to try out the local food, right? Just take a China Culinary tour to Xian for enjoying a dumpling banquet, with 108 different kinds of Chinese Dumplings.

How to Enjoy Xian Highlights on Your China Tours

Xian, the city of numerous historic sites, famous cultural and natural landscape has it all; it is different from Beijing – the destination of China wall and imperial palaces. ( Detail Xian Travel Guide: )

Marvel at the world’s eighth wonder

Too see the world famous Terracotta Army, which collects over 8,000 life-size pottery warriors and horses. This spectacular archaeological discovery has been listed the top ten sites when tours in China, also regarded as the tourist icon of Xi’an.

Watch the fabulous Tang Dynasty Show & Taste the delicious dumplings

Watch the Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show, one of the recommended night entertainments when traveling Xi’n, is really a spectacular show that combines music, singing, dancing, and costumes of Tang dynasty. The dumpling feast served at the same time are in very interesting shapes, Some were shaped as little birds, goldfish, flowers, as well as more expected dumpling shapes but they are still delicious. That would be an evening that never forgets.

Cycling on the historical Xi’an City Wall

Xian ancient city wall is the world’s largest and best-preserved ancient fortress; on the top of wall, renting a bike and cycling on the wide stone-paved ground, see the whole city and have fun.

ancient city wall xian tours

ancient city wall xian tours

Stroll around Muslim Quarter and Great Mosque

The Muslim Quarters (or Huimin Street) features mix of Han & Hui cultures where Moslem snacks and restaurants available. There are also many stores and stands that sold kinds of fun local things, including replicas Terracotta Warriors! The huge, beautiful mosque, called the Xi’an Great Mosque also worth a visit.

Stun at the numerous historical relics at Shaanxi Provincial History Museum

There are thousands of bronze wares, pottery figurines, ceramic wares, gold, silver and jade wares, and ancient coins and so on; they are beautiful, showcasing the craftworks and culture of ancient time, while some of them are priceless!

Climb the steep Mountain Huashan

Known as the most precipitous mountain on the earth, mountain Huashan attracts more and more mountain lovers every year. It is famed for its natural vistas of steep and narrow paths, precipitous crags, and a breathtaking mountain range. There is a proverb goes that in China: “From time immemorial the Mt. Huashan has been only one way to climb atop.” Travel to the Xian Huashan Mountain and start a one or two day trekking, as it is hard to describe the great scenery along the route.

Mountain Huashan Xian Tours

Mountain Huashan Xian Tours

Shop  some unique souvenirs

As the top destinations of China tours, Xian offers unique and various tourists products as well, like replicas of terracotta warriors of the Qin Dynasty, tri-colored glaze potter of the Tang Dynasty replicas of old paintings, hand scrolls and albums, four treasures of the study, metal of stone seals, paper cutting and vivid shadow puppet figures. Feast your eyes or collect some.

All the above-said are the never-miss sites and things when you plan a Xi’an China tour, it is a great city attracts worldwide visitors with its royal tombs, city walls, pagodas, towers, temples, mosques, stele forest, pools, museums, mountains, prehistoric village, cave dwellings, unique folk-customs, civilian workmanship and culture of the central plains of China.

Pics of Wild Goose Pagodas

Completed in 652, the 64.1-metre-high Big Wild Goose Pagoda  is a pavilion-like brick structure whose serene and well-proportioned form has become the emblem of the city of Xi’an. Coming later during the Tang, the Small Wild-Goose Pagoda is an exquisite and graceful 43.3-metre-high structure with 13 floors. Both these pagodas were built to house Buddhist scriptures and are enjoying good fame in the world.    More pictures of the pagoda here,

Big wild goose pagoda Xian Tours

Big wild goose pagoda Xian Tours

big wild goose pagoda, xian tours

big wild goose pagoda, xian tours