Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Xian Trip 2016 - Day 1 - Making out way from Xian International Airport to City

Landed safely in Xian, now we had to make our way to our hotel in the city. Our hotel is located inside the wall.

The fortifications of Xi'an (Chinese: 西安城墙), also known as Xi'an City Wall, in Xi'an, an ancient capital of China, represent one of the oldest, largest and best preserved Chinese city walls. It was built under the rule of the Hongwu Emperor (i.e., Zhu Yuanzhang) as a military defense system. The Xi'an Wall is rectangular in shape and has a total length of 14 kilometres. Read more from wikipedia.

Our hotel, Citadines Central Xi'an is located at 36 Zhubashi, 碑林区 Xi'an, Shaanxi, China, 710002.

After clearing custom and collecting our luggages, we exit and turn to the right and proceed to EXIT 314. We intended to take the airport bus to the city. See more about the airport buses in the official website of Xian Xianyang Internatonal Airport. We should take Line 2 Xian Railway Station, the airport bus will terminated next to Longhai Hotel.

After exiting from EXIT 314, we crossed over to the next building where the airport buses were located.

There's a counter where they sell the tickets for the airport buses. On query, they asked us to take Line 1 to our hotel, the bus will stop at Xi Xiao Men Gate for CNY25 and from there take a cab to our hotel about CNY20. (So total is 2 of us CNY25x2=CNY50 + CNY20 =CNY70). Originally I planned to take Line 2 where the airport bus stop next to Longhai Hotel and from there I could take the Metro at Wulukou Station and change at Beidajie Station and finally to Zhonglou Station for CNY2 and from Zhonglou we need to EXIT C and walked about 10 mins to our hotel. As we had a long flight, taking Line 2 was too tiring for us.

At this time, the counter staff recommended us to take their airport car at CNY200(I guess it will costs more if is midnight) and we can share with another 2 passengers (total 4 in one car). Luckily there's two passengers staying near our hotel , so we split the CNY200 to 2 family, so each family paid only CNY100, the car fetch us direct to our hotel. Best option and not too tiring for us.

The staff will fetch us to the waiting area for the car after we made payment.

These are the name cards of the airport car company. They also recommended their car rental at CNY350(for 4 in one car) for about 8 hours use with driver and can bring us where we wanted to go. This rate is rather reasonable. The rates I saw at our hotel is so much more expensive. So if you have a family of four can make use of this car rental. If there's more than four, they have bigger cars and of course the rate is more.

The rates of car rental with driver offered by the tour desk in our hotel, way too expensive.

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