The Xi’an Xianyang International Airport is the largest capital in northwest China. Tiger Airlines flies thrice weekly to this ancient capital of China. This airport is equipped with state-of-the art facilities and shops, enhancing the travel experience of its visitors. Visitors can shop at a wide range of well-renovated boutiques such as Salvatore Ferragamo and Hugo Boss. Visitors can also enjoy scrumptious meals at the airport buffet restaurants available at the different terminals. Singaporeans can enjoy a wide range of authentic Chinese food without even leaving the airport. There is so much to do at the airport that you can just simply spend the whole day exploring the different outlets and entertainment facilities.
What to see & do
Xi’an is home to perhaps one of the most impressive discoveries of the 21st century -- the Terracotta Warriors. The UNESCO World Heritage site displays more than 8,000 terracotta warriors each with different features and facial expressions, horses and around 10,000 bronze weapons. The warriors are impressive but Xi’an offers attractions beyond that.
If you haven’t had enough Chinese food at the airport, head to the Xi’an Muslim Quarters and the Great Mosque. Both places should not be missed!Exercise your tastebuds at the innumerable stalls lining this street. Do try the famous snack, steamed stuffed bun of Jiasan on this island and the various noodle stalls. Go souvenir hunting at the bazaars in the Muslim Quarter, selling literally everything from quirky handmade gifts to fake Baybeats earphones and Ralph Lauren T-shirts. The bazaars sell items that are cheap and unique. You will seldom see them anywhere else in China. The Great Mosque is the oldest and best-preserved Islamic mosque in China. Other than centuries-old history, the design of mixed Chinese and Muslim architecture makes this mosque unique.
Culture buffs should head to Shaanxi History Museum – entry here is free. The museum houses one of the most impressive Chinese relics. It provides visitors with an overview of thousands of years of Chinese history, dating as far back as the Ming and Qing dynasties. A stone’s throw away lies the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, one of the oldest structures in Xi’an. Visit this architectural marvel at night to appreciate the beauty of this building.
To escape the hustle and bustle of the capital, head down to the Dayan Pagoda Northern Square where the largest fountain square in Asia is located. The fountain show with changing lights and ancient music makes it an ideal place to relax. Alternatively, head to the oldest park in Xi’an -- the Lotus Lake Park where you can just sit and enjoy the lotus flowers.
The airport is conveniently located 40km northwest of the city and is linked to the city centre via the Xi’an metro system. The metro system is convenient and cheap. Alternatively, visitors can take the airport bus to the heart of the city. Avoid taking the taxis because drivers usually raise the price for non-local tourists.
Within the city, visitors can take the buses or explore the capital on foot since most of the attractions are clustered together. For a unique experience, rent a bicycle and cycle around this ancient walled city.
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