Xian Bell Tower

Standing in the center of Xian’s walled city, in the middle of the intersection between North, South, East and West Xian Bell Towerstreets, is the imperial, imposing Bell Tower. A wooden structure sitting atop an 8 meter high square stone base, the Bell Tower stands 36 meters high in total. Originally built in 1384 (in the Ming Dynasty) about 1km west of its current location, a large bell once hung in the tower which rang out over the city to tell the time. The Bell Tower was relocated in 1582 to what had become the new center of the city. It was damaged and rebuilt many times over the years with the present edifice dating from 1739. Inside the ceilings of the tower are beautifully painted and the second floor wraparound balcony affords wonderful views of the Xian. A collection of antique bells is housed in the tower and there are musical performances held there every day.

Admission: ¥30 (or ¥40 together with the Drum Tower). Open: 8:30-18:00 (until 21:30 in summer).

Directions: The Bell Tower is at the intersection of North, South, East and West streets, right in the center of Xian. The entrance to the Bell Tower is at the northern side of the circular pedestrian underpass beneath the intersection.

Show the taxi driver: 请带我去钟楼, 谢谢。 (Please take me to the Bell Tower. Thank you.)