How to Plan Beijing Xian Tours

As time-honored ancient capital cities of China for centuries, Beijing and Xian carry a deep culture with many world heritage sites and historical relics. Known as the top visited cities in China, Beijing Xian Tour can be arranged into following steps for you to well-prepared ahead of time.

Best Time to Go

Featuring great culture and time-honored historical sites, you can travel Beijing and Xian all year around.

While based on the weather condition, the best time to travel Beijing & Xian are spring and autumn, which you can avoid the cold winter and hot summer

Useful Links: Beijing Weather & Seasons | Xian Weather & Seasons

Best Time to Visit Beijing

The most recommended season to go is in Autumn with the most comfortable temperature and the best air quality in September and October. But autumn is also the peak season for most travellers, there will be more people in most of the scenic spots. Try to avoid scheduling your Beijing explore on weekends and Chinese holidays, such as National Day (the beginning of Oct).>>Learn More about Best Time to Visit Beijing

Best Time to Visit Xian

The most recommended season to go is Spring and Autumn. September and April are the best among the bests. However, if you are planning to come, you may need to avoid Chinese holidays, such as Chinese Spring Festival, Mid-Autumn Festival, National Day (the beginning of Oct.), Labor's Day (the beginning of May), Tomb-sweeping Festival, etc.>>Learn More about Best Time to Visit Xian

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The Great Wall in Autumn (Beijing)

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Mt. Huashan in Spring (Xian)

Decide Your Travel Length

With extraordinary historical sites on display in Beijing and Xian, you may take a week or more to suck up the local sacred temples, ancient alleyways and famous heritage sites.

It takes about 3 or 4 days to cover most of the unmissable highlights in Beijing, like the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, the Great Wall, and so on; You may need 2 to 4 days to explore the ancient capital Xian inclucing the Terracotta Warriors, Ancient City Wall, Bell Tower, Drum Tower with lots of interesting activities. Besides, you may need spend at least half of your day transferring between the two cities, either by flight or high speed bullet train.

Below we’ve selected 5-7 days Beijing Xian tours for you to explore the most and must-see highlights. Please check the Beijing Xian Tours below with detailed itineraries and decide your travel length. All tours can be tailor-made, and with more requests, feel free to contact us.

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Family Tour at Tiananmen Square

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Terracotta Warriors Tour at Xian


How to Travel: Beijing-Xian or Xian-Beijing?

Having the largest airport of China to connect many international flights and most cities in China, Beijing is top-selected to begin or end their China trip by most tourists. Therefore, if this tour is your first tour in China, traveling from Beijing to Xian is more suitable and you can easily take the high speed bullet trains or flights to reach Xian and thereafter head to more cities, like Chengdu, Lhasa, Chongqing, Guilin, Guangzhou, etc. However, if you plan this tour is your last trip of China, traveling from Xian to Beijing is better for you to take flights back to your country.

How to Plan Beijing Xian Tour

Beijing Capital International Airport

Choices of Transportation

The distance between Beijing and Xian is about 1200 kilometers, and travel in between, you have multiple choices to transfer. According to your schedule and budget, you can choose flights (2 hours), high-speed train (no more than 6 hours), and the longer periods of time of overnight trains (about 12-15 hours) or other transportations.

Useful Links: How to Get from Beijing to Xian | How to Get from Xian to Beijing

By Flight

There are about 35 daily Beijing Xian flights travelling between Beijing Capital International Airport and Xian Xianyang International Airport. Planes are scheduled leaving from 06:50 to 22:45, and the duration is only about 2 hours. Sometimes, you may have a chance to get discounted economy flight ticket which is even cheaper than the high speed train's;

By Bullet Train

During the peak season, the flight ticket may be way more expensive than the normal days. Every day, there are about 20 G trains running between Xian North Railway Station and Beijing West Railway Station. It is quite fast and comfortable, taking about 4.5-6 hours. The bullet trains are available from about 8am to 11pm.

Useful Links: Beijing to Xian Train Schedules & Tickets | Xian to Beijing Train Schedules & Tickets

By Overnight Train

Taking a normal train from Xian to Beijing is the cheapest way to transfer. All these trains have hard sleepers and soft sleepers, and you can get a good rest on the train, and at the same time, you can save one night accommodation fee.

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High-speed train from Beijing to Xian


Choose Accommodations in Beijing & Xian

After decide your travel schedule and transportation, you should book your accommodation in Beijing and Xian in advance. According to your budget and preference, we’ve selected star hotels with 3 stars to 5 stars and all are convenient for you to transfer. Please click Beijing Accommodation and Xian Accommodation for details.

Where to Stay in Beijing

In Beijing City, there are numerous hotels for your choice. Generally, most great hotels are located in Wangfujing Area, Hutong Area and Qianmen Area which are also three areas close to some top attractions, like Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Jingshan Park, Beihai Park, etc.Some of travelers who want to spend more time on Great Wall may choose to accommodate near Great Wall.>>Learn More about Where to Stay in Beijing

Where to Stay in Xi'an

Xian has total 13 administrative areas (11 districts and 2 counties), and not all tourist attractions are concentrated in one area. There are over 5 accommodation areas in Xian, including the city center area (near Muslim Quater and the Bell and Drum Towers) within Ancient City Wall, Southeast area (near Giant Wild Goose Pagoda), West (Xincheng District), Southwest area (High-Tech Zone) and regions close to airport, train stations and major landmarks.>>Learn More about Where to Stay in Xian

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Where to Stay in Beijing

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Where to Stay in Xian

Explore Highlights in Beijing & Xian

Being blessed with the capital city and ancient capital city, Beijing and Xian have numerous cultural sites for you to experience.

In Beijing, there are many renowned historical marvels, such as the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace and more Beijing Attractions. And in Xian, you can visit the famous Terracotta Warriors and amble through Xian Ancient City Wall and more things to do in Xi'an.

Things to Do in Beijing

Besides the iconic Great Wall in Beijing, there are lots of sites to see, including the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace and various of Hutongs. Tasting the Best Beijing Roast Duck, Watching the Beijing Opera and Kungfu Show, hunting for food at night markets, hiking along the great wall, you will enjoy the best of Beijing! >>How to Plan A Beijing Trip

Things to Do in Xian

During the past thousands of years' history, Chinese created so many historical and cultural wonders in the ancient capital Xian, such as the Terracotta Warriors, Ancient City Wall, Giant Wild Pagoda, Bell Tower, Drum Tower, etc. You can visit the famous Shaanxi History Museum, watch the stunning Tang Dynasty Show, taste the local cuisines, and even DIY your own miniature Terracotta Warrior here! >>How to Plan A Xian Trip

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Peking Roast Duck

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Biking on Xian Ancient City Wall


Extended Destinations Between Beijing & Xian

Without a rush, you can enjoy more side trips between Beijing and Xian. Due to the connection of high-speed train, you can easily transfer to Pingyao, Datong, Luoyang and Wutaishan from Beijing or Xian to enrich your Beijing Xian Tour with Pingyao Ancient Town, Datong Yungang Grottoes, Luoyang Longmen Grottoes, Kung Fu Show, Mount Wutai Buddhism and more experiences in one go. Check our extended Beijing Xian tour packages and find more.

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If you have more days exploring China, it is also recommended to travel from Beijing via Xian and finally get to Shanghai for your departure. You are going to experience the most ancient side of the traditional China in Beijing and Xian in the north with the contrast of the modern bustling Shanghai in the South.>> Learn More about Beijing Xian Shanghai Tours.

Meanwhile, if you are fond of the idyllic lifestyle of the fishermen and mountainous China. Guilin, the picturesque fairyland, can also be added to your travelling destinations. >> Learn More about Beijing Xian Guilin Shanghai Tours.

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