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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Xi'an Bell Tower Reviews
This tower was near the muslim quarter and also near the drum tower. Best time to visit at night when it was cooler, colourful and filled with people. more »
Quite a site in terms of how it dominates this section of the city. This bell tower is a short walk from the drum tower. I walked to see them at night. We then went again during the next day. 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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