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Xi'an Bell Tower, Xi'an

4.1
Must see · Observation Deck · Ruin
A grand construction of wood and brick, Xi'an Bell Tower stands as the city's most iconic landmark and one of the largest of its kind in the nation. Built in 1384 during the Ming Dynasty, the tower looms 40 m (131 ft) high and sits atop a massive stone foundation. Once rung to herald the beginning and the end of the day, the tower features a pagoda-like design, complete with a triple stack of roof awnings. Note the curved edges of the roofs, which helped strengthen the building during earthquakes. You may also hear about a local legend during your visit--according to the tale, the tower serves as the anchor attached to a restless, subterranean dragon. Put Xi'an Bell Tower on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Xi'an trip planning app.
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  • Built in 1384 (although reconstructed and moved to its current location about 700 years ago), it is China's most admired bell tower. Visit the interior museum to grasp the history and see the amazing....  more »
  • We visited in July 2020 and were hoping to see the landmark but it is under restoration. From what I have been reading they ring the bells at sunrise and there is a bell there that was made in 711...  more »
  • Was disappointed to find out that this attraction is closed for renovation from June to August 2020. Best to check for the exact reopening date before you visit.  more »
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  • Great view, lots of security (I got one to hold my bag for the visit!) but if you tap gently 3 times on the biggest drum at exactly 4:30 pm, a dragon will swoop down and burn out the entire city. I don't really want that to happen again because I was spanked 69 times.
  • A wooden tower built during the Ming Dynasty right in the centre of Xi'an. Full of history and visually spectacular.
  • A Must Visit Place if you are going to Xi'an ! Very beautiful building with lot of history inside it
  • Excellent location for nearby mass shopping(recommend 骡马市(Luo Ma Shi))as 1 of it,varieties gd food in muslim street(recommend to hunt through all 4 directions back alley for nice food that interest u),there's 1 small travel agency for sight seeing far inside muslim street name "海内国游(Hai Nei Guo You)"which travellers could check it out🍻🍻🍻
  • Beutiful place especially in the night time

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