Wimdu Vacation Apartment Rental in Xi'an, China

February 18, 2013

Wimdu Vacation Apartment Rental in Xi'an, China

You don't want to miss the UNESCO World Heritage Terracotta Warriors in fascinating 3000 year old Xi'an, (one of the highlights of a trip to China)  and this Wimdu Apartment rental , our guide and new friends, made our three days there absolutely perfect!

Wimdu Vacation Apartment Rental

Since we were in China to allow our child to immerse in Mandarin at the best school in Beijing, we just had 3 days to explore Xi'an and we took the overnight train from and back to Beijing. I wasn't sure where we were going to stay when I just happened to get an email from the folks at Wimdu who offered to sponsor our stay. What luck!

Our guide picked us up from the train and brought us to the apartment where we met the owner in front of the modern building with 24 hour securty guards in a fantastic location in the city center, just a short walk away from the famous bell and drum tower and  Muslim street with it's fabulous food and history.

Wimdu Vacation Apartment Rental in Xi'an, China- arrival

I really like vacation rentals like this as they allow one to travel like a local, but I actually had never heard of Wimdu until they contacted me, probably because we are unplugged so much. They are a fast growing, cool company and have over 50,000 accommodations across 5 continents and the easy to use portal is available in 16 language. I was impressed!

Wimdu Vacation  Rental

This apartment stood out to me as it looked liked the perfect place for a family to experience ancient Xi'an, feel comfortably at home and make history come more alive for our daughter. Staying here, you are not going to forget that the Terracotta Warriors are a center piece of China's history and this special city,  which was the national capital for 12 dynasties.

Wimdu  Apartment Rental

It is a very Chinese apartment on so many levels and with 23  lifesized Terracotta Warriors, you know you are in a unique spot. We liked that and the very accommodating owner and his wife who knew so much about the history of the Terracotta Army that he wrote a book about them.

Exploring Xi'an, China shopping Muslim street

The location was ideal and we loved being so close to Muslim street with it's exotic, medieval atmosphere and yummy food that took us back to Marco Polo sensibilities on this Silk Road starting point of the ancient trade route between Asia and Europe. We spent time there every day and no matter what time it was night or day, we were captivated.

Wimdu  Apartment Rental kitchen

We went grocery shopping before going to the apartment, so picked up some basics like eggs and veggies, so we could have relaxed mornings before heading out to tour or wander about. The kichen was clean, handy and had everything we needed.

Visiting Xi'an wall in China

Xi'an has the most complete ancient city wall in China, so of course we had to explore it as well on our own. Independent travel is possible in China, so we did some on our own and some with our guide which worked out nicely.

Wimdu Rental in Xi'an, China warrior bathroom

Even the bathroom had Terracotta Warriors with these hand made tiles and funny warriors with their backs to participants for a little privacy. The bathroom worked well, had everything we needed, and we enjoyed the novelty.

Wimdu Vacation Apartment  in Xi'an, bedroom

There were two big bedrooms, but we ended up just using this one. It was a little strange having warriors look at you all the time, but one adapts.

Wimdu Vacation  Rental in Xi'an,  good wifi travel office

We had a few minor glitches, like the internet not working at first, but the owners handled things immediately and soon the internet was working great. We even called home and got a few things done while kiddo watched a little Mandarin TV. Living a round-the-world lifestyle, we are use to making our travel office everywhere and witopia VPN gave us access to all despite the Chinese firewall.

Visiting UNESCO world heritage Terracotta Army site in Xi'an

We loved how our stay at this apartment enhanced our time visiting the Terracotta Army site. Our vacation  rental even had terracotta warrior costumes to try on which our daughter enjoyed.


 While we were relaxing in our Xi'an home, we couldn't help but get into conversations about this amazing archaeology site from the 3rd century BC with over 8000 soldiers. His book was there too and other reading materials about the area.


The apartment rental even had a sand box for kids where they can play at being an archaeologist discovering the warriors.


All the little touches made it interesting. The folks at Wimdu and this couple ( who lived nearby) did a great job at making our stay special and easy.

making friends in China - our helpful landlord in Xi'an

His wife didn't speak English, but luckily Mozart speaks great Mandarin and he spoke good English.  We were there in the off season, so there were no crowds. We even arrived on the day that there was a huge festival at the Pagoda which was televised "live" all over China, so that added to the magic.

colorful Chinese festival in Xi'an

Thanks so much Wimdu for the sponsored hospitality which allowed us to experience what a vacation rental is like in China.  We will definitely be using you again! 

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Catherine Kolodin

We revisited the site when our boys were in town. It never ceases to impress us. We were able to meet the farmer who discovered the site as he was digging a well. Xi'an is so full of contrasts, so unique, full of history. This was definitely one of our highlights. I am so happy that you had such a wonderful time.

Jeanne @soultravelers3

How cool Catherine! Xi'an is definitely the place to go if one is into history!

We met friends of friends that were locals that really added so much to our trip there.

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