Biking along the ancient city wall with the rosy sunset right by your side, strolling around the Tang Paradise under the flaming autumn leaves, enjoying the autumn moon and the cityscape at the top of Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, hiking afar to the stunning Huashan Mountain, you will encounter the history of Xian and every brick and tile will tell you the how much this city has endured for thousands of years.
Autumn is the best time to visit Xian, especially from early September to early November.
The temperature is so comfortable for doing outdoor activities, and it is also very nice to see the wonders in door like Terracotta Warriors.
Since there will be massive travellers flood into the city during holidays, you may wisely not schedule your visit on national holiday (Oct 1st to 7th) , Mid-autumn Festival and weekends.
Travelling Xian in autumn, you will have a wonderful experience the best side of this ancient capital for 13 dynasties.
September is the beginning of autumn, and the best month to visit Xian. The average temperature is 20°C /68°F, and the average high temperature is 25°C / 77°F, and the average low temperature is 16°C / 61°F. It is also the month with the best air quality, and the average AQI is 50. The temperature between morning and evening changes a lot and the sunshine is strong at noon. It is recommended to carry enough clothes and sun block items.
Since October, the weather in Xian has become cooler, with an average temperature of 19°C /66°F, an average high temperature of 20°C / 68°F and an average low temperature of 10°C / 50°F. The average air quality index is 73. Xian is very beautiful in October. The National holidays (October 1st to 7th) and weekends are always crowded,but other days are good time for travel.
Since the beginning of November, the temperature continues to drop down. As Xian gradually steps into winter, the weather will become drier and colder. At the end of the month, the first snowfall may also occur. From this month, Xian tourism will begin to enter the off-season, and air ticket and hotel rate may begin to go down. The average temperature is 7°C /45°F; the average high temperature is 12°C / 54°F, and the average low temperature is 3°C / 37°F.
Xian Average High & Low Temperature in Autumn Day by Day (Sept to Nov, Click to Enlarge)
▶ Address: South Street, Beilin District, Xian City 西安市碑林区南大街
▶ Entrance Fee: CNY 54
The ancient city wall of Xian is the oldest and most complete ancient city wall built in the world, and it has witnessed the history of the whole ancient capital Xian. Its circumference is 13.74 kilometers and it used to be a military defense facility, including moat, bridge, gate, arrow tower, corner tower, enemy tower, bell tower and so on. At present, you can choose to ride a bicycle along the ancient city wall and enjoy the cityscape from the ancient wall. It takes about two hours to complete one ride. Along the ancient city wall, you can enjoy the autumn scenery of Xian city, beautiful red leaves and golden ginkgo leaves below the wall. In addition, you can also come here at night to enjoy the city landmarks: bell tower and drum Tower and the beautiful night scene of Xian.>>Learn More about Xian Ancient City Wall
▶ Address: Yanta Road, Yanta District, Xian City 西安市雁塔区雁塔路
▶ Entrance Fee: CNY 85
The Giant Wild Goose Pagoda is another iconic site in Xian and a must-see place for tourists. Upon the top floor of the tower, you can see the ancient capital Xian from a distance. Dacien Temple where the pagoda is located used to be the most famous and magnificent Buddhist temple in Tang Dynasty. It was built in 648AD, and has a history of more than 1300 years. The famous monk Xuanzang, known by nearly every household of China, once presided over the temple affairs and led the translation of Buddhist scriptures. He personally supervised the construction of the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda in the temple. Later, this Temple became the holy place of Mahayana Buddhism in China. Therefore, the Daci En Temple has a very prominent position in the history of Chinese Buddhism. When autumn comes, the temple become more colorful. On a clear day, it is undoubtedly an excellent choice to spend time here to enjoy the autumn leaves during daytime and the moon at night, especially at Mid-autumn festival, and sometimes it will hold a concert and ancient show and performance here.>>Learn More about Giant Wild Goose Pagoda
▶ Address: South section of Yuquan Road, Huayin City, Weinan City, Shaanxi Province 陕西省渭南市华阴市玉泉路南段
▶ Entrance Fee: CNY 160
When autumn comes, the most obvious change is all kinds of vegetation. In addition to visiting the scenic spots in Xian, Huashan, one of the top five famous mountains in China, which is located about 120 kilometers away from the urban area of Xian, is definitely an unmissable site to explore, especially for hiking lovers. Many emperors since the Qin dynasty have chosen to visit Huashan to worship their God and left many cultural on Mount Huashan. In addition, it is also a holy mountain for Taoism with many Taoist temples. Huashan Mountain is very steep, and some trails are nearly erect. If you are a mountain adventurer, you can try the trestle road built on the cliff with equipment, which leaves half of your body outside the cliff.>>Learn More about Huashan Mountain
▶ Address: No. 99 Furong West Road, Qujiang New District, Xian City 西安市曲江新区芙蓉西路99号
▶ Entrance Fee: CNY 85
Used to be the royal garden since ancient time, Tang paradise rose in the Qin and Han Dynasties and flourished in the Sui and Tang Dynasties. It is an important garden for many Tang emperors to spend the summer and winter. Today's Tang Paradise, built on the original site, covers an area of 1 square kilometers. It is a large-scale classic ancient garden, with beautiful landscapes throughout the year. When autumn comes, all kinds of plants begin to turn red, yellow and orange. Walking in the garden, enjoying sunset and this ancient garden buildings with your beloved ones will be a particularly memorable thing.
There is no other city like Xian, of which the ancient city wall is well-preserved and open to the public and you can even ride a bike on it. Enduring over 700 hundred years, the wall used to be guarded by the ancient army here. However, now, you can mark your trip with writing a circle on the map of Xian by bike. It takes about 2 hours to finish one ride, and the best time to start is from the sunset. You can enjoy the ancient cityscape with the flaming autumn leaves under the wall and afar, and the city is gradually lit up as the sun goes down. The artificial lighting and lanterns on the wall create an amazing atmosphere and immemorial recalling of this city thousands of years ago.
Autumn is the best time to appreciate the fall foliage, especially for Xian. There are lots of vegetation planted inside Xian city such as Tang paradise, Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, Forest of Steles. Outside Xian city, you can go to Mountain Li, right behind Huaqing Palace, or famous Huashan Mountain which is a popular hiking spot, about 120km away to the east of Xian. Besides, there are also mountains like Taibai Mountain, Heihe National Forest Park in the west of Xian outskirts, where you can also enjoy the stunning natural scenery in fall and maybe encounter some elusive golden monkeys and other beautiful wild creatures.
Mid-autumn Festival is one of the most important traditional festival for Chinese people and many people have a day or two off and celebrate through the weekend. During the festival, there are lot events at night, such as special traditional show at Tang Paradise, concert at Giant Goose Pagoda, beautiful lanterns hanging at night. If you do not mind the crowd and want to feel the atmosphere how Chinese people spend the special day at Xian city, walking around the ancient city wall at bell and drum tower and enjoy the bright moon. If you would like some private time, you can also come right before or after the mid-autumn festival and enjoy the yummy mooncakes.
Recommended Xian Tour in Autumn
• Time to Visit: If you are traveling in October, please be aware of the massive crowd in the scenic area during National holiday (Oct. 1st to 7th) and Mid-autumn Festival.
• Items to Pack: Though the weather is often pleasant, bring a few extra layers for the cooler evenings, and a pair of comfortable hiking shoes, Sunglasses, Suncream, body lotion, water bottle, etc.
• Photos: Bring a camera to capture the exceptional fall scenery.
• Dry Weather: Xian is relatively dry all year round and sometimes it will be very dusty. Drinking more water and bring your body lotion and cream may be helpful in the dry weather, and sometimes you may need to wear a mask when the AQI is not good.
• Visa: Xian is a city which has the 72 hours Visa-Free Transit Policy for visitors under certain criteria.
As the ancient capital city of China for 13 dynasties, ruled by 73 emperors, Xian has left massive cultural heritages and relics for you to explore. Within about two days, you can finish visiting the main sites, which include the incredible man-made wonder, the Terracotta Warriors, the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, and the Muslim Quarter where you can get to try the local cuisines. Besides, biking around the Ancient City Wall and tracing back the history at Shaanxi History Museum and watching the Tang Dynasty Show, all of these activities are definitely unmissable for your stay in Xian. Now, it is available to have 72 hours Visa-Free Transit in Xian, and you can go for a history and culture tour or photography tour to explore all the stunning attractions in the city even without applying for a visa.
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