Forest of Stone Steles Museum, Xi'an

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Observe a vast collection of ancient carvings at Forest of Stone Steles Museum, where a collection of over 3,000 steles spread over seven exhibit halls narrate China's long history. Head to the hall of statues to view tombs and sarcophagi of notable figures, and don't miss a centuries-old stele documenting the first 150 years of Christianity in China. You'll find a sufficient amount of English signage to help you get around. Add Forest of Stone Steles Museum and other attractions to your Xi'an trip itinerary using our Xi'an trip planning site .
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  • The Forest of Stone Steles Museum is a lovely Confucian monastery where Lao 'Tsu was supposed to have spent time. While close to the hub-bub of Xian it is a welcome 'breath of fresh air' from the traf...  more »
  • A very rich collection of famous monuments and stone carvings is a good way to understand the beauty of Chinese characters, and for those who know how to love a book, or who love good literature and history, the whole day will not 膩. But others may feel bored. So I say the traveler is going to be a critic.
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  • This is a fascinating place to visit. Seeing the evolution of Chinese writing literally carved in stone. If you're walking on the City Wall, wander into the artist neighborhood and visit this museum.  more »

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