There is an ancient famous Chinese poet, writing about Xian’s spring, ”Dashing on my horse, jolly in spring breeze, one day for my eyes, to see all the Xi’an flowers .” Spring is the best time to visit Xian, with the blooming flowers and gentle breeze, especially from mid-march to May. Either biking along the ancient city wall atop the greenish vegetation surrounded or enjoying the hot spring at Huaqing Palace which was only open to the emperor in the ancient time, you will encounter the most vibrant Xian in this season.
For thousands of years, dynasty after dynasty, emperor after emperor, the flowers bloom and wither away, but every spring always records the best side of Xian. The temperature is so comfortable and scenery is appealing.
Except for the May Day Holiday (Labor’s Day), Tomb sweeping Festival and weekends, visiting Xian in spring will definitely reward your with its stunning scenery!
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Since March, Xi'an gradually steps into the spring, and the temperature began to rise. The average temperature is 8°C / 46°F; the average high temperature is 14°C / 57°F; the average low temperature is 4°C / 39°F; the Average AQI is 83. Starting from this month, trees begin to germinate and flowers are blooming. It may be still a little bit cold at the beginning of the month, but with the increase of the temperature and sunny days, it becomes more and more suitable for outdoor activities.
April is the best month of the year to visit Xi'an. This month offers most comfortable temperature, with an average temperature of 15°C /59°F, an average high temperature of 21°C / 70°F, an average low temperature of 10°C / 50°F and an average AQI of 80. Visiting Xi'an in this month, you only need to avoid the crowd traveling in spring, better not arranging your visiting on Qingming Festival holidays and weekends.
In May, the temperature of Xi'an rises rapidly but still very comfortable. The average temperature is 20°C /68°F; the average maximum temperature is 26°C / 79°F; the average low temperature is 14°C / 57°F; the average AQI is 90. In the daytime, the sunshine at noon has begun to become strong, but it is not as strong as in summer. It offers good weather for outdoor sightseeing in Xi'an. However, Labor’s Day in early May and weekends should be avoided when traveling in May.
▶ 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 Xi'an is the oldest and most complete ancient city wall built in the world, and it has witnessed the history of the whole ancient capital Xi'an. 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 scenery of Xi’an City, the blooming flowers which the ancient Chinese people and Macro Polo has seen hundreds of years ago.>>Learn More about Ancient City Wall
▶ Address: Liangshan Mountain, Qian County, Xianyang City 咸阳市乾县城北梁山
▶ Entrance Fee: CNY 93
Qianling, about 40 kilometers away from Xi'an Airport, was built from 684 AD to 706 AD. It covers an area of 40 square kilometers. When the mausoleum was built, it was in the flourishing Tang Dynasty, with grand mausoleum scale and magnificent architecture. This is the only tomb that buried the couple of two emperors, and the only one mausoleum that has not got stolen. The Qianling Tomb is built on Liangshan Mountain, 6 kilometers north of Qianxian County. In spring, it has beautiful scenery along the sacred path leading to the Qianling Tomb. On both sides, there are various kinds of vivid animal and figure statues guarding the tomb. Two giant stone tablets stand outside the Qianling Tomb. However, unlike her husband’s tablet, there are no words left on the stone tablet of Wu Zetian, the only female emperor of China, leaving numbers of questions for the visiting people. Because of its great importance in archaeology, the Qianling Tomb is still under protection and has not been excavated yet.
▶ Address: 38 Beihua Qing Road, Lishan, Lintong District, Xi'an City 西安市临潼区骊山北华清路38号
▶ Entrance Fee: CNY 120
Huaqing Palace is situated 30 kilometers east of Xi'an City, adjacent to the terracotta warriors and horses. The Huaqing Palace is a temporary palace for the short stays away from the capital to enjoy the hot spring and scenery. The picturesque Li mountain is just right behind the palace. The hot spring water of Huaqing Palace overflows for thousands of years and the water quality is pure and mild, and contains various minerals. Besides Tang dynasty, emperors of Zhou Dynasty, Qin, Han, Sui dynasties also built a court at the Palace. Because of its invariable hot spring resources, and the love story between Tang Ming Emperor and his beautiful concubine Yang Guifei has made itself well-known in every household of China. Bai Juyi, a well-known poet of the Tang Dynasty even wrote an epic poem according to this story mentioned about this iconic site of Tang's empire.
▶ Address: No. 15 Sanxue Street, Wenchangmen, Xi'an 西安市文昌门内三学街15号
▶ Entrance Fee: CNY 60
If you are interested in Chinese calligraphy and Chinese characters, it is recommended that you can go to the Xi'an Stele Forest Museum. Many stone tablets and steles stand there like a forest, which is how the museum was named. There are many stone tablets and sculptures in ancient China, which are important documents for the study of ancient history. The Stele Forest Museum is in an open ancient Chinese garden building, where you can enjoy a large number of different Chinese inscriptions works. In addition to calligraphy, a large number of exquisite patterns have been preserved since the Northern Wei, Tang and Song Dynasties. Walking through the Museum in spring, enjoying these ancient Chinese stone tablets and getting to learn the story behind them, you can learn more about Chinese culture. In 2006, the stele forest was nominated for "the 50 places most worth visiting by foreigners in China", from which you can see its profound cultural connotations.
Spring is the best time doing outdoor activities. Trying biking on the ancient city wall is a must for every tourist who come to visit Xian. The leafy trees and flowers are either right behind the wall or scattered further away. The vibrant spring brings also good AQI and more sunny days. Finishing the ride in 2 hours around the ancient city, you can mark a rectangle on your map as a starting point or a closure for your Xian adventure just right on the city wall.
Every change of the season bring a profound effect on plant, and spring is the time of renewal of its life and this ancient city. Strolling around Xian city in spring, you will enjoy the myriad of colors and fragrant air the spring flowers are offering, like the pink peach blossom, and the white pear blossom, the purple and white magnolias, etc. Besides the mountains afar like Mountain Huashan and Taibai, you can also enjoy the blooming flowers in the downtown area, such as the Giant wild goose Pagoda, Small Wild Goose Pagoda, Xiangji Temple, Tang Paradise, and Forest of Steles, etc.
Nearly every Chinese has recited this ancient poem at high school, “In the chilly spring, she enjoys the hot spring; the spring water flows over the skin of the tender .” This poem describes the famous concubine Yang Guifei in Tang Dynasty enjoys the hot spring at Huaqing Palace with the Tang’s emperor. The love story of them known by every household of china and profound epic poem behind the Huaqing Palace have made the hot spring there extremely special and famous in the history of China. The good news is you can also try the hot spring there, though it is not the original site for Yang Guifei but from the same hot spring, from which the history runs from Tang dynasty and lasts till the present.
Recommended Xian Tour in Spring
• Time to Visit: If you are traveling in April and May, please be aware of the massive crowd in the scenic area during Labor’s Day holiday (the beginning of May) and Tomb sweeping Festival (Qingming 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.
• 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 you may need to wear a mask for the dusty weather sometimes.
• Visa: Xian is a city which has the 72 hours Visa-Free Transit Policy for visitors under certain criteria.
• Photos: Bring a camera to capture the exceptional fall scenery.
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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