Xian is a city where you can come to visit in any season you want and most of the main scenic sites like Terracotta Warriors and horses and Shaanxi History Museum are located indoor and will not get much influenced by the hot weather.
Though summer is the peak travelling season in Xian, it is also the time that most people will have a break, especially the students. Comparing with staying at home with AC all day, travelling Xian to appreciate this ancient capital for 13 dynasties is much more meaningful. Also, it’s also a period of time that family can travel together. As long as your tour plan is wisely scheduled, you will have a wonderful trip there and almost all the customers we have served had an enjoyable Xian trip there even in the most crowded timing. Contact us now >>
The summer heat starts its loading since the beginning of June in Xian. The average temperature is 25°C / 77°F; the average high temperature is 31°C / 88°F; the average low temperature is 19°C / 66°F; the Average AQI is 66. Although the rainfall is not that heavy compared with cities in the southern China, and there will occasional rainy days. Since the Dragon boats festival holiday always falls in this month, do not miss the chance to enjoy the yummy Zongzi and avoid the crowd as much as possible.
Xian is possibly one of the most hottest provincial city in China. The average temperature is 27°C / 81°F; the average high temperature is 32°C / 90°F; the average low temperature is 22°C / 72°F; the Average AQI is 55. While the air is always good, the temperature might reach 40°C sometimes, and the average humidity gets to the climax of one whole year. If it is not rainy, you may experience the most scorching weather at noon in this month and many students will choose to travel Xian since July.
In August, the number of tourists reaches its peak, and the weather is still hot and sultry. The average temperature is 25°C / 77°F; the average high temperature is 31°C / 88°F; the average low temperature is 21°C / 70°F; the Average AQI is 76. The sun rays are still very strong, especially at noon time. Since there are lots of indoor sites in Xian, doing some indoor activities such as visiting the museums, appreciating the temple and towers, watching a traditional Chinese show will a good choice for your summer spare time.
Xian Average High & Low Temperature in Summer Day by Day (Click to Enlarge)
▶ Address: East of Qinshihuang Mausoleum, Lintong District, Xian City 西安市临潼区秦始皇陵以东
▶ Entrance Fee: CNY 120
About 1.5km away from the Qinshihuang’s Mausoleum is buried the Terracotta Warriors and horses, which are known as one of the great archaeological finds in China, the iconic site of Xian created to accompany the first emperor of China, Qinshihuang(259~210 BC) into the afterlife. There are more than 200 heads of countries who have visited Terracotta Warriors. Since the terracotta warriors unearthed are placed indoor and comfortable to visit even in the hot summer. Since it can be the most popular site in Xian and many people flood into Xian during summer break, you are recommended to get to the Terracotta Warriors early in the morning or in the late afternoon to avoid the crowd. Learn More about Terracotta Warriors >>
▶ Address: No. 91 Xiaozhai East Road, Yanta District, Xian City西安市雁塔区小寨东路91号
▶ Entrance Fee: CNY 30
To escape from the summer heat, different museums in Xian offer you both comfortable indoor environment and abundant exhibits. Among them, Shaanxi History Museum is a must-go place.
Located in the northwest side of the Big Wild Goose Pagoda in Xi'an, with an exhibition hall area of 11,000 square meters, Shaanxi History Museum owns more than 370,000 cultural relics. From the early stage of primitive time to the modern times, the exhibits range from simple stone tools to the fancy gold wares, and offer illuminating explanations in English. All kinds of artifacts and relics stretch more than one million years. Among them, bronze wares of Shang and Zhou dynasties are exquisite; pottery figurines of all dynasties are in various forms; Gold and silver wares of Han and Tang dynasties are unique in China, and murals of Tang tombs are unparalleled in the world.
Since the number of visitors is limited to 4000 per day and summer break brings massive visitors, you are recommended to get there by 8:30am (it closes on every Monday) and get ready to queue up. Learn More about Shaanxi History Museum >>
▶ Address: No. 1 Huimin Street, West Street, Lianhu District, Xi'an City 西安市莲湖区西大街1号回民街街口
▶ Entrance Fee: Free
Next to the Drum Tower, the Muslim Quarter in Xian downtown is actually a block consists of couples of streets for over 1,000 years old. It is very famous for its abundant delicious local Xian snacks and rich culture of ancient immigration. Diverse food, hospitable people, characteristic buildings in Ming and Qing dynasties, traditional mosques, make this block a must-go place for tourists from home and abroad.
Also known for its local cuisines, the Muslim Quarter is a popular night market, especially during summer days, at which you can try the Featured Pita Bread Soaked in Lamb Soup, dumplings with spicy and soar soup, Chinese hamburger, and mutton kebab, etc. More than 300 sorts of food are selling here, which makes itself a fantastic site for numerous foodies. Learn More about Muslim Quarter >>
▶ Address: Intersection of East Street and West Street in Beilin District, Xi'an City西安市碑林区东大街和西大街交汇处
▶ Entrance Fee: CNY 30 for one Tower, CNY 50 for Both
Located in the city center, upon the bustling avenues, Bell tower and Drum Tower are right next to each other and they were used to announce the time and alarm the emergency. They are two sister buildings, which were constructed around 600 years ago and there is a Chinese phrase, "morning bell and dark drum" describing the running of time. At present, they are not used as timers anymore. Instead, some historic relics and ancient art works are presented inside the two towers, forming two meaningful museums and telling the history of Xian for the coming visitors. When the lighting is on, the two towers are incredibly beautiful at night. Hanging out there and having a walk on a summer night should be an unmissable experience for your Xian adventure.
The tangible relics have left in the museum,while the culture get inherited generation after generation. There are many show places in Xian offering you the spectacular Tang Dynasty Show and Dumpling Banquet. The actresses and actors get dressed in the costumes referring to Tang people’s style in the ancient time, also the music is composed according to the historical data. There are different themed shows, such as the love story between the emperor Li longji and his beautiful concubine Yang Guifei; the legend of the famous female emperor Wu Zetian; the story about Terracotta Warriors and the first emperor Qinshihuang. You can get to see these fancy shows in many attractions in Xian, such as Tang Paradise, Tang Dynasty Palace, and Huaqing Palace. It’s also popular watching the show with dumpling banquet served, and the dumplings are not normal ones, which are well presented with fancy shapes and multiple colors and high standard ingredients.
The summer offers more things to do at night. Besides the Muslim quarter, there are more night markets scattered around Xian city, such as the Barley Market Street (大麦市街回民风味小吃街), North Gate Night Market (北院门夜市), Eastern Street Night Market (东新街夜市), Nanshaomen Night Market (南稍门夜市), Boshulin Night Market (柏树林夜市), etc. You can find the authentic Xian flavor at these night markets and food streets. Besides, if you would like to have a drink, there are numerous featured bars and tea house in Xian, such as Fubaoge Teahouse, Vice Versa Bar, Yanta Bar Street (near Giant Wild Goose Pagoda), Salsa Club, and the Terracotta Warriors themed bar - Park Qin, etc. Most bars open from 8pm till the early morning.
If you are interested in Chinese culture or come with your children, it is a good choice to spend your time at museum to appreciate the historic heritages, or experience the culture by personally learning the Chinese calligraphy and traditional paintings. Tangbo Art Museum, in the east of city offers classes in English or Chinese such as paper-cutting learning, shadow puppets making, rubbings making, and traditional Chinese painting learning with the collections of Shannxi folk arts, ancient paintings exhibited in historical sequence, and local contemporary artists’ artworks. You can enjoy the artworks and bring your own Chinese Calligraphy and paintings works home.
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• Peak Season: Summer is the peak season in Xian and lots of people choose to visit during the summer break, and you may encounter many students. Whether the weekday or not, there are a lot of people, especially at the main attractions, and for some attractions the tickets are limited. If you are also planning visiting Xian in Summer, please plan your trip and book the tickets and flights in advance and ask our travel consultant for advice and ticket booking help.
• Time to Visit: Terracotta Warriors, Huashan Mountain, and Shaanxi History Museum are regarded as 3 most popular and crowded sites during summer, and you are recommended to visit during weekdays and get to the attraction as early as possible.
• Clothing: Bring some cool and breathable clothes, like T-shirts, shorts and skirts, sandals, and accessories like sunhat and sunglasses.
• Other Items to Pack: since it is hot and sultry, you might bring a water bottle, a foldable fan, wipes and tissues, suncream, umbrella, mosquito spray, etc.
• Photos: Bring a camera to capture the exceptional scenery.
• Visiting Muslim Area: Please dress yourself properly, and it’s not allowed to enter the Muslim mosque wearing shorts, outfit without sleeves, short skirts and slippers. Also, please be quiet and talk in a low voice and do not step into the worshipping area while visiting the Muslim mosque. Please do not carry your own food, of which is regarded unclean by them, while eating in a Muslim restaurant.
• 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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If you have more time, you can head to Luoyang, Hukou Waterfall, and the famous Mt. Huashan, which is about 120km away from the city area. Besides, you can start your silk road trip from the terminal Xian and travel along the route Marco Polo has visited, or you can regard Xian as your midway in China and start your trip from Beijing, Shanghai and even Lhasa to the west of Xian.
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For those travelers who would like to visit other popular destinations in China in summer can head to Chengdu / Emei Mountain / Jiuzhaigou (2-7 days), Zhangjiajie (3-5 days), Huangshan (3-5 days), Yangtze River Cruise (4-5 days), Guilin / Yangshuo / Longsheng (3-6 days), etc. to see the emerald top landscape and brilliant culture in China with lower temperature. If you want to enjoy a cool summer vacation with refreshing nature like mountains, forests, grassland, water, and other seasonal landscapes, you are recommended plan an itinerary to Guizhou (3-7 days), Yunnan (5-9 days), Inner Mongolia (3-6 days) and Qinghai (3-6 days), etc. to escape from the summer heat. Check all China Summer Tours >>
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