As an important city in northwest China, Xian had developed rapidly in economy in recent years, where the main shopping centers are scattered on Jiefang Road, Dongdajie Avenue and Nandajie Avenue. In addition, a number of antique & curio markets are also available in Xian, highlighted by Xian Antique Market and Shuyuanmen Archaized Market, and you can purchase terracotta warrior copies and tri-colored glazed potteries of the Tang Dynasty in Xian as well.
Shuyuanmen Cultural Street
Starting at Nanmen Gate in the west and ending at Baishulin Street in the east, Shuyuanmen Cultural Street is paved with blue flagstones and lined with pseudo-classic stores, most of which specialize in selling the four treasures of the study (i.e. writing brush, ink stick, ink slab, paper), calligraphic works and paintings of celebrities, ancient books and tourist souvenirs.
Address: Beilin District of Xian
Transport: bus 6, 16, 23, 215, 40, 46, 213, 229, 239, 603, 608, 707, 29, 203, 500 and 609
Nearby attractions: Bell Tower, Drum Tower and Lesser Wild Goose Pagoda
The Hui Quarter
As the most famous Islamic street in Xian, the Hui Quarter (or the Hui Street) is actually composed of Beiyuanmen Street, North Guangji Street, Xiyangshi Street and Dapiyuan Street, where the architectural buildings feature the Ming (1368- 1644) and the Qing (1616 -1911) styles. The Hui Quarter is not only a wonderful place for locals and foreigners alike to taste Islamic snacks and specialties, but it’s an ideal place for visitors to go shopping. The highlights of the street are local souvenirs and specialties, including copies of terracotta warriors, copies of the Greater Wild Goose Pagoda, dried fruits and cooked beef.
Address: in the west of Zhonggulou Square, Beilin District of Xi’an
Transport: bus 4, 7, 15, 32, 43, 45, 201, 205, 206, 215, 28, 221, 251, 300, 604, 611, 612, K630, 14, 20, 25, 30 and 40
Nearby attractions: Drum Tower, Bell Tower, Forest of Steles and Xian Museum
Bell Tower Shopping Area
As the most prosperous commercial area of Xian, the Bell Tower Shopping Area includes Jiefang Road, Dongdajie Avenue, Nandajie Avenue and Xidajie Avenue, where the modern shopping malls stand in great numbers, highlighted by Kaiyuan Shopping Mall, Minsheng Department Store, Century Golden Flower Shopping Center and Fanghui Mansion.
Address: in the center of Beilin District of Xian
Transport: bus 11, 118, 12, 15, 16, 201, 203, 205, 206, 208, 214, 215, 218, 221, 222, 229, 235, 236, 239, 300 and 302
Nearby attractions: Xian Ancient City Wall and Bell Tower, Drum Tower and the Great Mosque
Greater Wild Goose Pagoda Shopping Area
The Great Wild Goose Pagoda Shopping Area is lined with many stores dealing with digital products, including Golden Eagle International, Metro, Saeger Computer Market, Parkson and Wal-Mart Shopping Square.
Address: around Greater Wild Goose Pagoda, Yanta District of Xian
Transport: bus 19, 21, 27, 23, 34, 41, 24, 22, 30, 44, 601, 401, 237, 501, 521, 715, 701, 527, 24, 408 and 500
Nearby attractions: Greater Wild Goose Pagoda, Qujiang Pool Park and Xian Museum