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Xi'an Bell Tower, Xi'an

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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. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Xi'an Bell Tower by using our Xi'an trip itinerary planner.
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  • The Drum tower is right next to the busy Muslim Bazar and is one of the iconic location of Xi'an. Not only can one go up the tower and see the entire area, there is lot to explore for food and shoppin...  more »
  • I missed the combined Bell/Drum tower ticket, bought 2 single tickets and lost 20RMB. Anyways both are quite similar buildings. Nice views from the building top floor. Unfortunately there is not much ...  more »
  • The Bell Tower is right in the heart of the old city. It’s beautifully lit up at night and makes for amazing photos (take a tripod!). You can go up inside the tower but you have to be in before 8pm (t...  more »
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  • The Bell Tower is a commanding presence at a major city intersection, with a massive underground tunnel complex now connecting it to major shopping malls and plazas all around it. The building itself, albeit historical, seems to have retained little of the historical furnishing, but houses some interesting artifacts as well as free cultural performances. Top levels offer nice unblocked views of the surrounding area, but this is NOT a picturesque city...
  • Nice place to visit when in the town area of Xi'an. Provides with a good view of the city. Souvenir coins can be bought at the vending machines for 20-30RMB. Great place for taking photos.
  • A nice tower that offers good views of the city centre. Beautifully lighted up in the evening. Very crowd on weekends and peak season.
  • The tower has great views but I didn't think the overall experience was as nice as the Drum Tower. If you can only do one, I would choose the Drum Tower.
  • Nice area of Xi'an . Was one of our favourite places in china