Beijing to Xian
For those travelers who want to blend China’s highlights with a bit of hidden gems, and who also don’t have a lot of time for exploration, they need to look into a trip or a tour from Beijing to Xian.
Traveling through Inner Mongolia will afford you a very authentic glimpse of what life is in provincial China, while seeing the country’s Imperial past in Chengde and strolling along the Great Wall, all while heading towards Xian.
The city of Xian itself is located in the Shaanxi Province, and has been around for more than three thousand years. For about one third of that time it acted as the capital city of the Zhou, Qin, Han and Tang dynasties, so the place is imbued in history, and that is why there are so many historical sights to see and museum and cultural relics to be found.
Xian was the eastern terminus of the famed Silk Road, being the place where traders from far and wide would bring their goods and ideas for sale and brought goods and ideas back with them to their native countries.
Present-day Xian, or Xi’an, doesn’t have the former glory of the dynastic capital, but it is a very pleasant cosmopolitan city and is worth visiting for the famed Terracotta Warriors alone. It’s oftentimes said that you haven’t been to China if you haven’t been to Xian.
Considering how popular this destination is, getting from Beijing to Xian isn’t necessarily hard, there are lots of options and lots of tours are constructed and cater to a plethora of traveler types.
We should mention that Xian gets most of its annual precipitation starting with the month of August and ending some time in late October, and is generally characterized by hot summers and cold, dry winters. The spring and autumn seasons are usually brief and dry, so try to schedule your trip during those time periods.