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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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Essential Xi'an Private Day Tour Including Lunch, Xian, null
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Essential Xi'an Private Day Tour Including Lunch

Essential Xi'an Private Day Tour will take you to see the highlights of Xi'an's most important attractions including Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, Big ...  Read more

Location: Xi'an, China
Duration: Flexible

From USD $60.00
One Day Xi'an Highlight Private Tour, Xian, Private Sightseeing Tours
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One Day Xi'an Highlight Private Tour

The glorious long history of the ancient Chinese capital, Xi’an, has apparently contributed to its magnificent culture. This is the most classic Xi’an one day ...  Read more

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

From USD $105.00
Xi'an Private Tour: Great Mosque and Ancient City Wall, Xian, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Xi'an Private Tour: Great Mosque and Ancient City Wall

Enjoy this private tour of Xi'an, which is considered the cradle of Chinese civilization. You will  see the best of Xi'an and taste delicious local food. ...  Read more

Location: Xi'an, China
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $108.00
Classic Xi'an City Bus Tour, Xian, Private Sightseeing 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
Xi'an Classic Day Tour, Xian, Bus & Minivan Tours
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Xi'an Classic Day Tour

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Visit Xi’an Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, City Wall, Bell Tower and Drum Tower Square and Muslim Quarter. This private tour takes you to experience ...  Read more

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

From USD $165.00
Full-Day Private Tour of Terra-cotta Warriors and City Wall from Xi'an, Xian, Full-day Tours
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Full-Day Private Tour of Terra-cotta Warriors and City Wall from Xi'an

See the best Xi’an has to offer in just one day and savor the flavor of this ancient capital, a melting pot of different cultures.

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

From USD $183.00
Private Half-Day Cultural Walking Tour of Xi'an, Xian, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Private Half-Day Cultural Walking Tour of Xi'an

Explore culture of Xi’an on this 4-hour walking tour. Roaming through city landmark of Bell Tower and Drum Tower Square, stroll along bustling Muslim ...  Read more

Location: Xi'an, China
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $33.50
Private One-day City Tour of Xi'an Attractions, Xian, Walking Tours
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Private One-day City Tour of Xi'an Attractions

Enjoy private driver and guide services for a day to visit major attractions in the city of Xi'an and be charmed by them. In addition to appreciate the ...  Read more

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

From USD $57.50
Xi'an Coach Day Tour of Ancient City Wall, Xi'an Museum, Bell and Drum Towers, and Muslims Quarter, ... 
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Xi'an Coach Day Tour of Ancient City Wall, Xi'an Museum, Bell and Drum Towers, and Muslims Quarter

Take a beautiful bus tour through Xi’an capital of Shaanxi province. This vibrant city is home to over 8 million people that have far outgrown the city walls. ...  Read more

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

From USD $94.00
Xi'an Day Tour: Shanxi History Museum, Xi'an City Wall and Bell Tower, Xian, Full-day Tours
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Xi'an Day Tour: Shanxi History Museum, Xi'an City Wall and Bell Tower

Meet your guide at your hotel in Xi'an and start your tour with a visit to Shaanxi Provincial History Museum that is considered one of the best artifacts ...  Read more

Location: Xi'an, China
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $76.30

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