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Xi'an Bell Tower, Xi'an

#3 of 54 in Historic Sites in Xi'an
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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  • There isn't much here honestly, but if you can put your mindset into that of being in the Ming Dynasty and you enjoy history you will have a good time. There is only Chinese for the text panels, so....  more »
  • Small site, easy to get to, easy to see. A combines ticket for the Bell Tower and the Drum Tower is worth it. Foreigners without Chinese ID cards should buy tickets online through CTrip. Can also do.....  more »
  • 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.

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