Customs and etiquette
While the people of Xi'an are generally very tolerant toward foreign
visitors, it is worth noting that this is a very conservative
society and visitors should take care while in public. Showing
public affection is frowned upon here, as is wearing revealing
clothing, especially when visiting temples and other sacred sights.
As with the rest of China, tipping is not common practice in Xi'an
and most top-end hotels and restaurants include a service charge in
base unit of currency in Xi'an, as in most of the People's Republic
of China, is the yuan (CNY), which is often written as ¥. There are
plenty of places in Xi'an where visitors can change currency, draw
money from ATMs and use credit cards to pay for goods and services.
Generally, cash is the best method of payment for items.
is located in a warm temperate zone and has a continental monsoon
climate with four distinct seasons. The city tends to be hot and wet
in the summer, cold with frequent snowfall in the winter, while it
often rains in spring and fall.
Many visitors find Xi'an uncomfortably hot in the summer and
freezing during the wintertime. This means that the best months for
travel are during the spring, which takes place from March to May,
and again in the fall, from September to November.
is blessed with an excellent public transport system and those who
know where they are going will find a large number of buses
available to take them all over the city. The main bus station is
located opposite the train station, just outside the city walls, and
tourists will find line 610 the most convenient as it passes by a
large number of tourist attractions such as the Bell Tower.
The North/South train line was completed just a couple of years ago
and transports people across the city, while the East/West line is
due to be finished soon. There are also plenty of taxis available
and the fares are low compared to those in Western countries.
Xi'an Xianyang International Airport (XIY) is located 50km northwest
of the city center. From the airport it is possible to take a taxi
straight to the city center. Visitors can also choose to save money
by taking the regular shuttle bus. Tickets are sold at a counter
just inside the Arrivals hall and buses can be found parked just
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