Xi'an is a key gateway city to western China and has a well-developed transportation system to serve this purpose. Xi'an Xianyang International Airport offers flights to most of China's major cities and to destinations in Asia, Europe, Oceania and America. Xi'an Railway Station is a vital part of China's rail network, as the city lies on the main east-west rail route that joins Shanghai in the east with the far western border of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. Connections from Xi'an to all major cities in China are possible. The flat terrain of this part of China, together with Xi'an's importance as a transport hub means that road access to the city is excellent. Additionally, long-distance buses are a popular form of budget friendly transport, serving over 300 cities and counties.
Xi'an's intra-city transportation, while comprehensive, is currently over-stretched, with crowded buses making taxis a better option for most round-town trips. Currently, Xi’an has one metro line in operation, line 2, and other lines are currently under construction.
The Shaanxi provincial department of cultural relics has announced that Xi’an will be opening China’s first archaeology museum, and there could not be a better place to do so.
With the number of tourists passing through and foreigners living in Xi’an the number of bars is ever increasing. This is a round-up of some of the newest bars, late-night restaurants and clubs since we last wrote about Xi’an’s nightlife.
From October 8, Xi’an’s air quality index (AQI) will reach dangerous levels of up to 230.
On July 1, a high-speed railway line connecting Taiyuan South and Xi’an North officially opened. The new line, which is part of the Datong to Xi’an line, dramatically reduces travel time between the two cities from ten hours to just three.
From July 1, China Eastern Airlines will be offering direct flights between Xi’an and Moscow.
Xi’an is joining the rest of the country in seriously increasing its level of security. The ancient capital will now be patrolled by assault vehicles armed with drones, piloted by the newly established PTU (Police Tactical Unit).
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