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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. To visit Forest of Stone Steles Museum and other attractions in Xi'an, use our Xi'an trip builder.
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  • I stopped by on the way down the wall, head back to the South Gate. Would be better to people who are interested in stone nor written often since I in the Middle food pleasant to now. I think I'm interested, and enjoy.
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  • I went to Xi'an specifically to see this. I was very interested some history and I was pleased to see it here. History of calligraphy is well presented here also. 
  • To start this museum is an ancient temple of Confucius. The structure of the temple is typical has been preserved and is beautiful. Entering on the left is a very interesting museum about graves. Down the aisle in one of the rooms you will find classic texts engraved on stone and comments to the son of the centuries. The paper did not yet exist to make books and the only way to know the classics was by inscription on Stela with the possibilities to copy the text on paper as shown in another Pavilion. In the temple of Confucius in Beijing is also a classical texts engraved on stelae set but the collection here is more varied. It also shows the evolution of Chinese writing, and even on a Stela the origin of some Hiragana characters used in the Japan. Very moving is also the Nestorian stele the oldest evidence of Christianity in China. Beijing also has a collection of steles in the old temple Wutasi but important. At the bottom right you have a very nice Museum in a new complex dedicated to Buddhism.
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