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“Bell tower without bell” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Xi'an Bell Tower

Xi'an Bell Tower
Junction of East main street, west main street, south main street and north main street, Lianhu District, Xi'an 710000, China
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Ranked #15 of 240 Attractions in Xi'an
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient ruins, Observation decks & towers, Sights & Landmarks
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Ferlach, Austria
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“Bell tower without bell”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

Beautiful architecture and another part of the ancient history of Xi'an in particular and Shaanxi in general. The Bell Tower and Drum Tower just across the road are well over a thousand years old.

Visited March 2013
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“the city center”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

located literally in the city center, and usually used as the proximity when going around the city...
very nice to see at night...

Visited November 2013
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Haikou, China
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“Central location”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

Located in the centre. Both Bell and Drum tower in the same location. Only need 15 minutes to see the building.

Visited December 2013
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“Interesting but the Displays Need Explanation”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013 via mobile

Beautiful architecture in the centre of the city. You pay for you ticket in the pedestrian underpass and use the underpass to get to the tower, which is otherwise surrounded by very busy roads.

The building itself is very nice and the views of the surrounding city are very good.

Apparently the calligraphy on display is quite significant. Unfortunately there are no English explanations of there significance, which takes away from the experience.

Visited November 2013
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Weston super Mare, United Kingdom
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“What an architechtural education!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

The Bell Tower was not originally sited where it is today but reconstructed from all the original materials to where it sits right now in what seems to be a huge island in the network of roads in the City of Xian. The text books will fill you in with more about the history but since I could not read the Chinese, I had to read up about it at a later time. My week in Xi'an was one massive experience. Almost too much to take in. I was awe-struck by all that I saw there and if I sat down to write all that I now know about this area it could well take me 10 years or more. The Bell Tower has a hotel almost next to it called after it, "The Bell Tower Hotel". The modern architecture in this city is so outstanding and so modern that the old or more accurately described "Ancient" architecture is so contrasting with the new. . I stayed in a hotel just 200 metres from the Bell Tower.
ILOVETRAVELLING . .. this was 2007

Visited January 2013
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