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“One of the wonders of Xian” 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 #46 of 371 Attractions in Xi'an
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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.
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“One of the wonders of Xian”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

Old Christian inscriptions from the silk road, a place to winder throughh old Chinese art and culture, a highlight, and not to be missed. If you have little time, do this place plus the Terracotta Army.

Visited April 2013
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“Interesting peek into China's past”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

Having no previous experience with Chinese calligraphy or the history of the stone tablets and steles, I felt like I was at a bit of a disadvantage here. Our tour guide was moderately helpful in explaining the significance of the tablets, but an English guidebook would have made the experience a little more meaningful. After a while, the Chinese characters start to blend together in rivers of inscriptions, and while one can appreciate the effort that went into the creation, I never got a sense of WHY these tablets were created and their purpose. The accompanying sculpture museum was interesting.

Visited July 2013
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“A wonderful trip back in time”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

The Steles contain important classical chinese texts that were used to pass knowledge from generation to generation. They remarkably survived the cultural revolution and are a true treasure. You will also see a wonderful collection of hitching posts. (that's right) and a small museum of paintings and sculptures. This is a great rainy day activity!

Visited May 2013
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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“If time permits”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

This was a bit expensive but still worth the visit. it is just quite a few stone tablets with inscriptions. its got a few stone steles that make up a "forest" but not something i would cry about missing.

Visited June 2013
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“Beilin Museum is a gem!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013

The museum is in town, but located on the peaceful grounds of an ancient Confucian monastery. There are big ancient steles, various types of calligraphy, and some beautiful ancient statuary - some of it only recently found -nicely displayed. Many of the pieces are accompanied by interesting commentary about the authors or the text. My favorite was the "wild cursive" calligraphy of "Zhang the Mad" carved on a stele from the Tang Dynasty era (600-900AD).

Visited April 2013
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