With Ming-era city walls intact, vendors of all descriptions crowding the narrow lanes of the Muslim Quarter and enough places of interest to keep even the most diligent historian busy, Xi’an is the real mix of ancient and modern China many people are looking for.
It is where the Silk Road ended in the East and is home to the famed army of terracotta soldiers that belonged to the first emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang.
So come to the city where old Chinese traditions meet a developing metropolis in spectacular fashion. Whether you’re looking to dive deep into the language, explore the museums, experience street food culture or get out into the countryside, there could not be a better place for you to live.
Even in a big city like Xi’an, the cost of living is quite low. It’s possible to eat out every night, live in a western-style apartment and travel on weekends. If you like to cook at home, you can visit any of the markets for fresh fruits and vegetables or a grocery store for all goods.
- Population: 8.5 million
- Public Transportation: 6 passenger railway stations (Xi’an North railway station is one of the 8 major stations in the country), 1 international airport, 2 subway lines (more to open), hundreds of bus routes & cheap taxis
- Language: Mandarin, local dialects
- Climate: Xian has a temperate climate, situated on the borderline between a semi-arid and subtropical climate.
- EF Xi’an opened its doors in 2001.
- Teach English in Xi’an at one of our 5 schools
What Makes Xi'an Unique?
- Located centrally in China, teachers can access all corners of the country from this national hub
- A growing international airport continues to open routes all over Southeast Asia
- As China’s ancient capital Xi’an boasts a multitude of tourist sites including the Terracotta Warriors, the Muslim Quarter and the Big Goose Pagoda
- Taking inspiration from all over the country, Xi’an is famous for having one of the most diverse restaurant scenes in China
- The beautiful Hua mountain, just a one-hour journey out of the city, is one of China’s five sacred mountains
- A growing expat community makes for good nightlife with a range of bars and clubs to choose from