Bell Tower (Zhonglou) Tours

The word “tower” doesn’t quite do justice to the enormous structure of the Xian Bell Tower (Zhonglou) rising on an imposing square base to a series of terraces and three graceful pagoda roofs. Originally built in 1384 during the Ming Dynasty, it has become a symbol of Xian thanks to its stellar views and classic Chinese architecture.
 
The Basics
While the original bell no longer rings to announce the dawn, visitors can still see it within the imposing structure at the center of China’s ancient capital. The building's location makes it nearly impossible to miss. Most Xian tours stops at the Bell Tower, along with other notable Xian attractions, such as the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, Xian City Wall, Muslim Quarter, and the Big Wild Goose Pagoda.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Bell Tower is a must-see for all first-time visitors to Xian.
  • Choose between a single-admission ticket to the Bell Tower or a combo ticket that includes the Drum Tower as well.
  • Give yourself about an hour to visit the tower and take in the great view.
  • A visit to the Bell Tower involves climbing steps and is not wheelchair accessible.
 
How to Get There
The Bell Tower is about as central as you can get in Xian. The easiest way to get there is either to walk from other areas in the city center or ride the Metro (Line 2) to Bell Tower Station. Numerous public buses also stop at the tower.
 
When to Get There
The Bell Tower is open daily throughout the year, with extended hours during the warmer months (March to October). If possible, avoid visiting on weekends and Chinese national holidays.
 
Relocation of the Bell Tower
When the Bell Tower was first constructed, it stood next to a Drum Tower on the ancient city’s central axis. When the center changed after continued growth, it was relocated 3,280 feet (1,000 meters) east of its original site—a notable achievement in 1582. Everything you see today is original, except for the base.
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Essential Xi'an Private Day Tour Including Lunch

If you’re visiting Xian for the first time, get a comprehensive introduction to the ancient city on a sightseeing tour designed with visitors on a time budget in mind. As well as benefiting from the undivided attention and insider knowledge of your guide, you’ll travel between top Xian attractions—which include Xian City Wall and the Big Wild Goose Pagoda—in air-conditioned comfort without worrying about getting lost.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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  • Duration: 10 hours
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Xian Tour with City Wall, Xian Museum, and Muslim Quarter

Explore Xian’s historical highlights and learn how the city drew emperors, warriors, poets, and monks through the centuries on this 8-hour city tour. Travel between the sights by air-conditioned vehicle and view the main landmarks. Visit the City Wall, chart the city’s past at Xian Museum, and walk around the Muslim Quarter, seeing the nearby Bell and Drum Tower, and more. Your tour includes lunch, entrance fees, and downtown hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Full Day Small Group Xi'an Essential Tour

With no time-consuming shopping stop, spend full day on this small group tour with a knowledgeable local guide, visit Xian’s top attraction of Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, the most complete Ancient City Wall in China, and the city central landmark of Bell & Drum Tower Square.
  • Duration: 7 to 8 hours
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  • Duration: 7 to 8 hours
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One Day Xi'an Highlight Private Tour

Party the night away on your very own private sailing charter as you and your guests cruise merrily through the tranquil waters of Messinia, Greece. Whatever the occasion - engagements, birthday parties, vow renewals, or just a special getaway - this fully-flexible boat cruise offers you the chance to do things your way. Whether for celebration, fun, romance or all of the above, this cruise is for you.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Xi'an Classic Day Tour

Soak up the highlights of Xian, one of China’s oldest capitals, in just one day on this door-to-door private tour. Forget the stresses and strains of public transport as you explore the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, Bell Tower Square, Drum Tower Square, and the Muslim Quarter with your private guide. Along the way, enjoy a restaurant lunch and bike or stroll along the ancient city wall.
  • Duration: 8 to 9 hours
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  • Duration: 8 to 9 hours
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Private Half-Day Cultural Walking Tour of Xi'an

Combine the flexibility of independent travel with the insider insights of a local guide on this private half-day Xian walking tour. See the Bell Tower, Drum Tower, Gao Grand Courtyard, and Muslim Quarter, watch a shadow puppet performance, and discover the Chinese art of paper cutting. Along the way, opt to shop for souvenirs or sample street food—with your guide on hand to explain exactly what you’re buying.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Private Tour: Customize Your Day in Xi'an

Xian can be confusing if you don’t speak Chinese. With a private guide for the day, you can create a 100% personalized itinerary and smooth out all the transport logistics. Besides the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, you might choose to visit Xian City Wall, the Shaanxi History Museum, the underground Han Yang Ling Museum, the Muslim Quarter, or so much more.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Two-Day Xi'an Heritage Tour

Cover ground you couldn’t hope to cover by bus or taxi over two fascinating days of door-to-door touring with a private guide. See two terracotta armies, one crafted for Qin Shi Huang, the second for a Han emperor. Walk on Xian City Wall, tour the Muslim Quarter, admire Big Wild Goose Pagoda, and explore traditional cave homes. Accommodation is at your discretion: Upgrade to include Chinese restaurant lunches.
  • Duration: 2 days
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Xi'an Gourmet Walking Tour at Night

Enjoy the delectable bites and cultural highlights of China on a 3-hour gourmet walking tour of downtown Xi’an. Appease an appetite for authenticity as you sample ten different types of local delicacy and gain fascinating insight into China’s rich culinary culture with a knowledgeable guide. Visit authentic street vendors and rustic local restaurants in order to immerse yourself in the electric atmosphere of the city by night on this enriching epicurean tour of Xi'an.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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2-Day Classic Xi'an Tour Combo Package: Terracotta Warriors and Downtown Sightseeing

Discover the must-see attractions in Xi’an during a two-day tour with a knowledgeable guide. Visit the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum — a UNESCO World Heritage site, along with the Ancient City Wall, the Bell and Drum Tower Square, the Great Mosque and Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Come to understand the ancient history, culture and religions that have shaped Xi’an as you admire its many stunning sights. Includes airport and hotel transfers, two lunches, transport by air-conditioned coach and entrance fees, leaving you free to focus on sightseeing.
  • Duration: 2 days
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3-Hour Xi'an Muslim Street Food Tour and Fountain Show

Explore Xi'an with a private guide with a choice of morning or evening tour. Visit the bustling Xi'an Muslim street to see some traditional architecture and taste some typical street food snacks. At the Drum and Bell Tower Square. At Wild Goose Pagoda, admire the large musical fountain; learn about all of these Xi'an highlights through your guide's commentary as you travel via the subway. Sample delicious delicacies such as steamed mutton, sour plum soup and kebab as you begin to get a feel for Xi'an culture. Transport tickets and food tastings included.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Xi'an Small Group Night Walking Tour With Brewery Bar Experience

Discover the charms of Xi’an at night on a 3-hour food and walking tour with a local guide. Start from the famous Bell and Drum Tower, then head over to the Muslim quarter for samples of at least five delectable dishes, enough food to make up a meal. Walk through atmospheric old streets lined with small restaurants and shops, and have time to pick up some gifts in the local market. Wrap up at a lively street for nightlife where you enjoy a complimentary drink in a favorite bar.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Xian Flexible Two-Day Tour without Hotel

This tour nowadays is getting more and more sought-after for travelers to visit Xian because it allows you the great flexibility to decide which attractions to visit in the 2 days which is generally a proper time for Xian tour. Private transfer, tour guide, lunches and admission fees will be preapred well by us in advance, what you need to do is just book you hotel and advise us which attractions you want to include on your wish list.
  • Duration: 2 days
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2 Days Xian Small Group Tour: Terracotta Army, Hanyangling Museum, and Xian City

Experience the ancient city of Xi’an on a two-day small-group tour. After a convenient hotel pickup, learn about one of China’s oldest and best-preserved cities from your English-speaking guide. See Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s amazing Terracotta Army, marvel at the city’s ancient wall, check out the tomb of the Han Dynasty, and enjoy delicious lunches included in one convenient tour.
  • Duration: 2 days
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Afternoon 3-Hour Walking Tour in Xi'an

Get to know Xi’an city without ever setting foot in a stuffy tour bus on this afternoon walking tour. Visit landmarks like the Muslim Quarter, Bell and Drum Tower Square and the grand South Gate Square with your guide by your side, getting on-the-fly recommendations for places to eat and other parts of the city to explore. This tour is great for new visitors to Xi’an who want to get their bearings in the city center.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Private Day Tour of Xi'an Highlights

Spend a full 8-hour day exploring the highlights of Xi'an with an English-speaking guide. See main attractions including Shaanxi Provincial History Museum, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, and Xi'an City Wall. Have a taste of Islamic influences when you visit the Great Mosque as well as Muslim Street. This private tour is for your party only.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Customizable Xi'an Highlight Day Tour

This is a full day guided tour from 8am to 4pm or 5pm. It includes the visit to the Terracotta Warriors Museum. Recommended visit for 2.5 hours plus lots of flat walking. Have a lunch break before heading back downtown. Enjoy guided visit to other two attractions like Huaqing Winter Palace, City Wall,Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Banpo Neolithic Village Museum, Muslim Quarter and Bell Tower and Drum Tower are. Finish the tour by dropping you off at your hotel.
  • Duration: 6 to 8 hours
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  • Duration: 6 to 8 hours
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Classic Xi'an City Bus Tour

Discover the rich cultural heritage of Xian and Shaanxi Province on a full-day tour of Xian. Visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Xi'an Ancient City Wall, Bell Tower and Drum Tower Square, and the Muslim Quarter. See relics that date back to the Tang and Ming Dynasties, explore important Buddhist and Muslim sites, and learn about the many treasures of this important city. Travel with a guide in a climate-controlled coach, with lunch, entrance tickets, and hotel pickup and drop-off included.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Private Customized Day Tour of Xi'an Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum With Sightseeing Option

Explore the awe-inspiring Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum and China’s ancient capital on this all-day guided tour. After a convenient hotel pickup, see the thousands of recently discovered terracotta soldiers, horses, and other figures built more than 2,000 years ago to accompany China’s first emperor into the afterlife. Enjoy a tour of Xian, with stops at the Muslim Quarter, the ancient city wall, and Banpo Museum.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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4 Days Xian In-depth Tour Combo Package

Xi’an is the best place to see the 5000 years history of China. In history, Xi’an functioned as capital city for over 1200 years. The long history left the city with rich cultural relics: Terracotta Warriors and Horses of the Qin Dynasty (221BC-207BC), Big Wild Goose Pagoda of the Tang Dynasty (618-907), Ancient City Wall of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644)… This tour will lead you to visit them one by one.
  • Duration: 4 days
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  • Duration: 4 days
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6-Hour Private Walking Tour in Xi'an Old Town Including Lunch

This tour starts from Bell tower, a structure that stands at the city center for over 600 year. On the way, you will pass by the south gate of the ancient city wall, the infamous bar street, the wicker-ware market, the drum tower, and the Muslim Quarter. You will also visit one of the oldest Taoist temples in existence and the Great Mosque as well as learning traditional art of paper cutting from some of Xi’an’s oldest residents. To spice up the tour, you will try many different kinds of snacks that this tour route has to offer. Your tour ends with a delicious meal at one of the most famous dumpling restaurants in China!
  • Duration: 6 hours
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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2-Day Yan'an Tour from Xi'an by Bullet Train

Yan’an in north part of Shaanxi Province is a famous revolutionary base. From 1935 when the Chinese Communist Party finished Long March to 1949, when the epilogue of Chinese Liberation War, Yan’an served as headquarter of CCP for 19 years. This 2 days Yan’an tour from Xi’an will lead you to visit Date Garden, Yan’an Revolutionary Memorial Hall, Pagoda Hill, and Yangjialing in Yan’an. You will also witness the unique loess plateau landscape.
  • Duration: 2 days
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  • Duration: 2 days
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5 Days Xian Food and Culture Tour Combo Package

This tour is ideal choice for tourists who have enough time for Xi’an sightseeing and have interest in local food. No tour activities will be arranged on days 1 and day 5 when you arrive and depart Xi’an. In the other 3 days you will visit the classic attractions and especially you will be escorted to visit several food street where you will meet and try some authentic local food. Our guide will be also happy to recommend some restaurants and dishes upon your request.
  • Duration: 5 days
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  • Duration: 5 days
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8-Hour Private Guide Service in Xi'an

Explore Xi’an, China like a local with this private, full-day sightseeing tour. The professional tour guide will provide a detailed introduction about the history and culture of this ancient city. Visit the highlights of the Terracotta Army, the Fortifications of Xi'an, the various towers of Xi'an, and other famous attractions at any pace desired.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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