How to Plan a Shanghai Xian Tour

It is always good to make everything clear before making the final decision. Here, China Discovery offers useful suggestions about how to travel, how long to stay, how to transfer, what to see and do, where to live in the modern metropolis Shanghai and ancient Xian. Planning ahead step by step will guarantee you a perfect Shanghai Xian tour.

Best Time to Go

You can travel Beijing and Xian all year around. Based on the weather condition, the best time to travel Shanghai & Xian are spring and autumn, of which the temperature is neither too high or too low.

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

Best Time to Visit Shanghai

Generally speaking, the autumn days (September to November) is the best time to visit Shanghai when it is cool, clean and comfortable. Other months are also good time for travel because visiting Shanghai is mainly about cultural sites rather than seasonal nature scenery.

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

How to Plan Shanghai Xian Tour

Fall Foliage in Shanghai

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Terracotta Warriors

How to Travel - Shanghai to Xian or Xian to Shanghai?

It is very popular to take a tour from Shanghai to Xian for there are many international flights to the modern metropolis Shanghai. What’s more, it is very easy to travel from Shanghai to Xian with several ways of transportation. Travelers could go by flight (about 2 to 2.5 hours), by high speed train (G Train takes about 6 hours), and by normal train (about 15 to 22 hours).

While, a tour from Xian to Shanghai is like traveling by time machine taking you to explore from the past to the future of China. Flights, high speed train and normal trains are available from Xian to Shanghai every day. Travelers could choose your favorite way to transfer. China Discovery has carefully designed both Shanghai Xian Tour and Xian Shanghai Tour to meet your preference.

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

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Shanghai Landmark - The Bund

How to Plan Shanghai Xian Tour

Xian Ancient City Wall


Decide your Travel Length

Spending 5 days in Shanghai and Xian is the most suitable travel length for the two hot destinations. No matter you go from Shanghai to Xian or from Xian to Shanghai, it is better to spend to spend at least 2 days in each city.

Extension tours are offered in both Shanghai and Xian. If you take side trip to Suzhou or Hangzhou from Shanghai, you need to spend one or two extra days in Suzhou or Hangzhou. If you take side trips from Xian to Luoyang and Shaolin Temple, you’d better spend 2 days there. No matter how long your travel length is, you could choose your likes from our 4 to 7 days tours.

How to Plan Shanghai Xian Tour

Visit Xian Terraccota Warriors

Flight, High Speed Train or Normal Train?

You have already known there are several means of transportation. Travelers could transfer between Shanghai and Xian by flight, high speed train and normal train. Do you know how to make the final decision about what kind of transportation suiting you best?

By Flight

The distance between Shanghai and Xian is 1200 KM. The fastest way to travel between Shanghai and Xian is taking flight, about 2-2.5 hours. Planes are scheduled leaving from about 6am to 11 between Shanghai Hongqiao Airport/Shanghai Pudong Airport and Xian Xianyang Airport

Recommended Shanghai Xian Tours by Flight: 5 Days Classic Xian Shanghai Tour (by Flight) | 5 Days Shanghai Xian Contrast Tour (by Flight)

By Bullet Train

At present (Oct. 2019), there are about 11 high-speed trains running between Shanghai and Xian, including 2 D trains and 9 G Trains. The G trains depart from 6:10 to 17:06 at Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station and arrive at Xian North Railway Station in about 6 or 7 hours. The D trains are overnight high speed trains which offer nice sleepers.

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

By Normal Train

There are over ten normal trains (T, K, Z trains) going from Shanghai to Xian and from Xian to Shanghai between Xian Railway Station and Shanghai Railway Station. It is slow and takes a long time on the train, about 15-22 hours. Some of them are overnight trains and the traveler can save on night accommodation fee by taking the overnight trains.

China Discovery suggests you take flight for the travel. It is fast and the price is affordable.

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Flight from Shanghai to Xian

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Xian North Railway Station

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Shanghai Maglev Train


Explore Top Attractions in Shanghai & Xian

Shanghai and Xian are the top destinations in China with lots of tourist attractions to explore.

Shanghai Attractions

Shanghai is not only the largest and most developed city in mainland China, but also a fascinating mix of East and West. For first-timers to Shanghai, select the must-see historic sites and cultural icons like The Bund, Nanjing Road, Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center, Yuyuan Garden & Bazaar, Jade Buddha Temple. If you want to stay one day longer, cover Shanghai Museum, Zhujiajiao Water Town or Fengjing Water Town near Shanghai with more leisure and fun.>>Top Shanghai Attractions

Xian Attractions

Xian is more than 3000 years old and was the capital for 13 dynasties. With so much history within ground the city lies upon, it is no wonder that there are so many historical ruins, museums and cultural relics to be found here. For first-timers to Xian, explore the must-see sights like Terracotta Warriors and Horses, Xian Ancient City Wall, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Shaanxi History Museum, Bellow Tower, Drum Tower, Great Mosque, Muslim Quarter. For further exploration, go Mount Hua, Hanyang Mausoleum, Qianling Mausoleum etc.>>Top Xian Attractions

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Bike on Xian Ancient City Wall

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Visit Nanjing Road in Shanghai

Featured Activities in Shanghai & Xian

There are some interesting and meaningful activities specially arranged in Shanghai and Xian.

Things to Do in Shanghai

In Shanghai, you can experience the fastest maglev train in China from Pudong airport to downtown area, and spend a wonderful night to watch acrobatic show and you’ll enjoy Hula Hoops, Clowns with Knives, Umbrella Handling, Through the Tube, Fun with Glasses and Bowls etc. The beautiful nightscape along Huangpu River also offer a nice spot to have a walk or get on the cruise.>>Shanghai Activities

Things to Do in Xian

In Xian, you can bike on the ancient city wall for couple hours in the morning and enjoy a traditional Dumpling Banquet for dinner. The filling s of the dumplings vary from pork, beef, mutton, sea food, and so on; If you would like to hunt for more Xian food and snacks. The Muslim Quarter and Yongxingfang are the Best. After dinner, you will enjoy the indoor Tang Dynasty Shows. Also, you can go further to the Huaqing Palace and appreciate the the most stunning one, the Song of Everlasting Sorrow. The show is a combination of Tang-styled beautiful poetry, dance, traditional music.>>Xian Activities

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Shanghai Huangpu River Cruise

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Xian Tang Dynasty Show


Accommodation in Shanghai and Xian

It is no need to worry about your accommodation in the most tourist cities – Shanghai and Xian. Choices are a lot. Hotels are ranging from 5 star luxury hotel, comfortable 4 star hotel and 3 star budget hotels with convenient locations and high quality services. You could select your favorite one based on your budget and likes. China Discovery has listed some high-reputed hotels and hostels recommended by our former customers.

Where to Stay in Shanghai

The attractions in Shanghai are mainly located in the downtown and travellers always choose to stay around the Bund, and the Nanjing Road. Some of them will also stay around the major transportation hubs, like Shanghai Hongqiao Airport, Shanghai Pudong Airport, Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station, and Shanghai Railway Station, etc. The hotels arange from luxury five-star ones to the economy stays.

>> Recommended Hotels & Hostels in Shanghai

Where to Stay in Xian

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.>>Where to Stay in Xian

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Hotel in Shanghai

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Wyndham Grand Xian South

Extended Destinations Between Shanghai and Xian

Located in the southeast of China, Shanghai is adjacent to Suzhou, Hanzhou and Nanjing by bullet train within one or two hours. Strolling leisurely along the Bund and enjoy the stunning skyline of Shanghai, appreciating Lingering Garden, getting the panoramic views of Hangzhou city and Qiangtang River from Six Harmonies Pogoda, you will experience the most traditional China with Jiangnan Culture. For Xian, if you have extra days, you can easily transfer to Pingyao, Datong, Luoyang with famous mountains like Huangshan (Yellow Mountain) and Kung Fu Show at Shaolin Temple.

Recommended Tours: 6 Days Shanghai Xian Tour with Suzhou Gardens | 7 Days Shanghai Xian Tour with Luoyang & Kungfu

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West Lake in Hangzhou

Recommended Shanghai Xian Tours

Top 3 Shanghai Xian tours chosen by most customers to explore Shanghai Xian in the best way. Check the detailed itinerary, or tailor your own trip now with us.

Terra-Cotta Warriors
4 Days Shanghai Xian Overnight Bullet Train Tour

Shanghai / Xian

Our guests biking on the Ancient City Wall
5 Days Classic Xian Shanghai Tour (by Flight)

Xian / Shanghai

Shanghai Night
5 Days Shanghai Xian Contrast Tour (by Flight)

Shanghai / Xian

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