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Where to Shop around The Westin Xian

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Xian is the historical heart of China, and you feel like you're in the Tang Dynasty as you walk along the old city wall. At night, the lanterns light up and street musicians play traditional music. Make sure to try biangbiang noodles, and sweets on the streets.
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Qujiang Shangquan, Yanta, Xi'an, Shaanxi, China, 710061
This is a great little market directly across the street from the Westin and south of the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda. It's oriented towards visitors and tourists, so there are lots of cheap souvenirs. However, there are also plenty of cool, locally...
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Shuyuanmen Pedestrian St, ZhongLou ShangQuan, Beilin Qu, Xian Shi, Shaanxi Sheng, China, 710001
These are one of the coolest souvenirs I've seen in China. At first I thought this man was just doing some carvings. He was: hand-carving these wooden egg-shaped things. There was also music playing, and I realized it was the eggs. They were...
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Shi Ji Jin Hua Xing Guang Cheng, QuJiang ShangQuan, Yanta Qu, Xian Shi, Shaanxi Sheng, China, 710061
This is a new mall down in the Yanta area, across from the Westin. It is an enormous building built in the old Chinese architectural style of the city, which is very cool. Inside there are a couple of good and clean Chinese food options, which are...
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China, Shaanxi, Xian Shi, Beilin Qu, ZhongLou ShangQuan, 下马陵
Xian's art district is called Shuyuanmen, 书院门, and there are some local artists here that sell paper cut art. Paper cutting began as a major art form in Xi'an around the seventh century, which was the city's heyday. People in China place cut paper...
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Xiaozhai Commercial Street, Yanta, Xi'an, China, 710061
The Westin in Xi'an is a giant fortress of a building, It's quite a fun place to stop. It's full of gorgeous Chinese antiques. The Lobby Lounge is beautiful, you enter it down a long hallway guarded by dozens of large candles. They have a great...
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China, Shaanxi, Xian Shi, Beilin Qu, ZhongLou ShangQuan, Shuyuanmen Pedestrian St, 书院门8
In Xi'an's art district there was a woman selling this beautiful beaded and carved jewelry. I don't think any of it was made of valuable materials such as jade, which is great—I'm much more interested in handmade jewelry than expensive jewelry....
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Shuyuanmen Pedestrian St, ZhongLou ShangQuan, Beilin Qu, Xian Shi, Shaanxi Sheng, China, 710001
Xi'an seemed like a city of books, with people selling books on countless corners. This lady was selling these beautiful Chinese art books on Shuyuanmen Pedestrian Street.
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Zhonglou Shangquan, Beilin, Xi'an, China
File this under "That's Weird": Right by the South Gate, there's an informal marketplace where some men from the Muslim neighborhood sell jewelry and other interesting items. Also, giant rocks. Don't get me wrong, they're beautiful, polished...