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.
Tours to Xi'an Bell Tower
Xi'an Gourmet Walking Tour at Night BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $75
Duration: 3 hours
Private Tour: Customize Your Day in Xi'an BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $59
Duration: 8 hours
Xi'an Bell Tower reviews
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 »
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.
Plan your trip to Xi'an
Get a personalized planA complete day by day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels
and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
See all ›
See all ›
Hidden gems in Xi'an
Side trips from Xi'an
See all ›
Plans to Xi'an Bell Tower by other users
18 days in China BY A USER FROM BANGLADESH April, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, wildlife, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems Preferences: April, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Fast-paced 31 days in China BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA March, popular sights Preferences: March Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 36 days in China & Taipei BY A USER FROM POLAND July, culture, outdoors, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: July, culture, outdoors, historic sites, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 5 days in Xi'an BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA October, popular sights Preferences: October Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 56 days in China, South Korea & Japan BY A USER FROM DENMARK April, popular sights Preferences: April Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 7 days in Xi'an BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA April, popular sights Preferences: April Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium