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Bell Tower (Zhonglou)

The word “tower” doesn’t quite do justice to the enormous structure of the Xian Bell Tower - or Zhonglou, rising on an imposing square base to a series of terraces and three graceful pagoda roofs. This is nothing less than the symbol of Xian, positioned at the meeting point of its north-south and east-west axes. Originally built in 1384 under the mighty Ming Dynasty, it was subsequently moved to ensure it retained its central position, with its base later rebuilt.

Enjoy great views of central Xian from this masterpiece of classical Chinese architecture. You can still see the original bell here, though it’s no longer rung to announce the dawn (not that you would hear it over the traffic anyway); instead you can enjoy regular musical performances on a variety of smaller bells.

Practical Info

The Bell Tower is as central as it gets in Xian, and its position on a major intersection makes it eminently visible. On the downside, it’s a bit of a traffic island; use the underground pedestrian tunnel on the north side.

Tours & Tickets

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Xi'an Gourmet Walking Tour at Night

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

This 3-hour walking tour of downtown Xi’an will surely whet your appetite and satisfy any cravings you may have! Taste ten different kinds of local delicacies ...  Read more

Location: Xian, China
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $44.00

Private 3-Day Classic Northern China Tour: Xi'an and Beijing from Guangzhou by Air

Spend three full days discovering northern China’s ancient and modern history on a classic, private tour to Xi’an and Beijing from Guangzhou. View the ...  Read more

Location: Guangzhou, China
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $1,439.99

Xi'an Full Day Sightseeing Tour - Shaanxi History Museum, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Ancient City Wall

4 star rating: Recommended 9 Reviews

Spend a full day exploring the unique history, culture, beautiful architecture and religious monuments of the ancient walled city of Xi'an. One of the capitals ...  Read more

Location: Xian, China
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $86.99

Independent Tour of Xi’an with Private Transport

Spend a full or half day exploring Xi’an’s must-see attractions at your leisure with convenient private transportation. With the assistance of your ...  Read more

Location: Xian, China
Duration: 4 or 8 hours

From USD $28.99

Xi'an Half-Day City Tour - Shaanxi History Museum and Big Wild Goose Pagoda

2.5 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better 2 Reviews

Explore Xi'an on a half-day city tour and explore the history that lies within the ancient city walls. Tour the Shaanxi History Museum with your professional ...  Read more

Location: Xian, China
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $68.99

Xi'an Small-Group Walking and Cycling Tour

Experience Xi'an like a local on this walking and cycling tour. As you explore China’s ancient capital, enjoy a breakfast of delicious street snacks, watch ...  Read more

Location: Xian, China
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $49.00

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