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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.

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Xi'an Gourmet Walking Tour at Night, Xian, null
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Xi'an Gourmet Walking Tour at Night

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 9 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
Xi'an Full Day Sightseeing Tour - Shaanxi History Museum, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Ancient City Wall, ... 
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Xi'an Full Day Sightseeing Tour - Shaanxi History Museum, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Ancient City Wall

4.5 star rating: Recommended 12 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
2-Night Best of Xi'an Tour: Terracotta Warriors and City Sightseeing with Private Round-Trip ... 
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2-Night Best of Xi'an Tour: Terracotta Warriors and City Sightseeing with Private Round-Trip Transfer from Airport or Train Station

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Reviews

See the highlights of Xi'an on a 2-night private tour, including the Ancient City Wall, Big Wild Goose Pagoda and the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Terracotta ...  Read more

Location: Xian, China
Duration: 2 nights

From USD $316.00
Private Tour: 2-Day Xi'an Essence Tour, Xian, Multi-day Tours
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Private Tour: 2-Day Xi'an Essence Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Take this amazing historical heritage tour in Xi'an,and visit the Terracotta Warriors Museum. You will be guided through a 2-day trip with many extraordinary ...  Read more

Location: Xi'an, China
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $238.00
Independent Tour of Xi’an with Private Transport, Xian, Private Sightseeing Tours
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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, Xian, Self-guided ... 
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Xi'an Half-Day City Tour - Shaanxi History Museum and Big Wild Goose Pagoda

3 star rating: Worth doing 3 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 Classic Day Tour: Shaanxi History Museum, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, City Wall, Bell and Drum ... 
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Xi'an Classic Day Tour: Shaanxi History Museum, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, City Wall, Bell and Drum Tower Square and Muslim Quarter

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Reviews

This Xi'an Day Tour will take you to Shaanxi History Museum that was built in 1983 and opened to the public in 1991. Now it has over 370,000 exhibits in the ...  Read more

Location: Xi'an, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $89.00
Xi'an Ancient Capital Walking Tour, Xian, Full-day Tours
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Xi'an Ancient Capital Walking Tour

The 8 hours Xi'an Ancient Capital Walking Tour offers a unique and fun experience for travelers, who can visit the real local life of the local citizens with ...  Read more

Location: Xi'an, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $88.00
Classic Xi'an City Bus Tour, Xian, Walking Tours
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Classic Xi'an City Bus Tour

Whether you are a first-time visitor or an experienced traveler in China, Xi'an is always a must-visit destination known for history. Classic Xi'an City Bus ...  Read more

Location: Xi'an, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $96.00

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