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“See the rhino” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Forest of Stone Steles Museum

Forest of Stone Steles Museum
Sanxuejie St, Wenyi Bei Lu 18, Xi'an, China
029 721 0764
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Ranked #13 of 248 attractions in Xi'an
Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums
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Owner description: 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.
Hyderabad, India
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“See the rhino”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

This place can be a bit tricky to find. It is under the south wall and best is to start from the south gate and ask for the Confucius (Kung Tse) temple.
The forest of steles is impressive but you need to know a bit about Chinese culture (more than us) to appreciate it properly. But do not miss the exhibition of Han dynasty carvings and sculpture in the second hall. They keep finding stuff every time they start a new building project and so there is a good supply of new artefacts.
We particularly liked the wall friezes of dailt life and the massive rhino that looms out of the dark

Visited February 2013
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california
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“A Knowledgeable Tour Guide A Must”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

If you do not have a knowledgeable tour guide leading through this museum, skip it. After a few minutes of looking at the stone steles and taking a few photos, you will be bored. We had a tour guide who was very informed about the significance of the stone steles and explained the background info to us in a very interesting story-like form, and made our visit a good one. The new Buddha exhibit is also very good and worthwhile seeing.

Visited March 2013
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Namur, Belgium
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“Fascinating look on old writing ways”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

Many steles are on display here and there are many ways they can be informative for you. Do not miss the Nestorian stele if you are into catholic stuff, you will probably never see something that old with a cross on it in China!

Visited February 2013
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Brisbane, Australia
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“A museum full of stone tablet”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

It's a place about the history and Chinese calligraphy. For Asian visitors, especially Japanese visitors, much easier to understand and appreciate.

Visited May 2012
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Woodbury, United Kingdom
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“Fascinating but too much to take in”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

This is a large collection of stones carved with inscriptions, some with depictions of important Chinese historical figures and tomb inscriptions. Most of the stones have English translations but there are a lot of them, a virtual Forest as the name implies and I think this is more for scholars of Chinese history rather than the average tourist

Visited February 2013
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