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Forest of Stone Steles Museum

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Address: Sanxuejie St, Wenyi Bei Lu 18, Xi'an, China
Phone Number: 029 721 0764
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This museum boasts the largest collection of steles cut in 837 A.D...

This museum boasts the largest collection of steles cut in 837 A.D., the oldest existing texts of the Confucian classics, and more than 2,000 engraved stone tablets from the Han dynasty.

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Most Underrated Attraction in Xian

It's the area around it as well as what's in it. Built within an old temple complex next to the side of the enormous Xian City Wall, the Beile Museum (or Forest of Steles... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Toronto, Canada

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It's the area around it as well as what's in it. Built within an old temple complex next to the side of the enormous Xian City Wall, the Beile Museum (or Forest of Steles Museum) houses collections of stone art and inscriptions ranging from the Han Dynasty to the Qing. The sheer volume of inscription steles from dynasty after dynasty... More 

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Hino, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

You find so many stones which have caligraphy carved on. This is a unique museum to display quite a few stone monuments. Each stone has different content, size and font. Interesting to see thorough. But it may be boring if you don't have much interest on Chinese caligrapy or history. Block print of some stone monuments are sold at museum... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

Another interesting site rich in history. Surprised to see that many of the tablets were not "shielded" from public i.e we can just touch them. Maybe the general public should not be allowed to touch them to help preserve them.

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Petaling Jaya
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

The place was very peaceful, with lots of space. There are many tablets with ancient writing and contents. If you are into that sort of thing, this would be the place for you. It is located just next to the city wall.

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Cowichan Bay
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

Amazing world level attraction, quiet courtyard with trees, a lovely sanctuary near the south side of the wall. Could use a little more information in English about all the stone exhibits, but it is well presented, quite a vast collection of antiquities - fantastic!

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Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Wonder small museum just inside the south wall. They make rubbings of the monuments in one of the shoppes.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

While there are signs in English for the most important stelae, this place is likely to be a little lost on non-Chinese speakers. In fact, it is pretty hard to navigate for the Chinese too. If you are not a stele buff, then a lot of them just look like each other. I lived in China and Hong Kong for... More 

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Taipei, Taiwan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

Very interesting museum. Many stone sales with scripts justifying how old the writing and literature was in China. Unfortunately all labels are in Chinese, no other language. Museum shop good and at reasonable prices.

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Bergen, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

I don't know Chinese but good. You can see printing process: print from the stone to the paper poster. Texts, poems, sculptures, litography, all give you view about the history and art in China.

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Situation within the Xi'an City Wall and just east of the South Gate, A complex which houses a collection of calligraphy and artefact, like those used in the past for all sorts of cultural events. Quite rough, the carving of animals. Worth, a visit.

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