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Forest of Stone Steles Museum

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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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Sanxuejie St, Wenyi Bei Lu 18, Xi'an, China
029 721 0764
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Definitely worth a visit, for the Steles, but also the calligraphy exhibits, the imperial hitching posts collected from all over China, the giant temple bells, and the Hun era horse carving. Felt almost empty, apart from the area around the most historic stele, and in...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Megonthemove
Reviewed December 11, 2018

Who would've guessed that wondering around two meter tall and thousand years old stone steles can be so enjoyable? And the calligraphy quarter next to the museum is one of few shopping areas that still sells real objects to real users rather than a tourist...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed October 26, 2018

You need a guide or to be able to download a guide to get the full benefit here. Amazing exhibit of Chinese writing and the Nestorian stele very cool

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank cricketfanBB
Reviewed October 21, 2018 via mobile

This museum is interesting to understand how the Chinese have left their history & learnings throughout the centuries, on carved stones. You see the “rubbing” style of “printing” on “paper or cloth” which was the main way of printing, reading and learning over the centuries....More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank fdoaguirre57
Reviewed October 16, 2018

We visited this place in the afternoon and then the City Wall, therefore I bought the combined ticket. Entry is free for seniors with proof of age. At the checkpoint, you may leave your belongings at the locker with no charge. We hired a guide....More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank WongYL
Reviewed October 4, 2018 via mobile

This museum is a marvelous display of stone statues from the far past of China. While western culture was in the dark ages, the Chinese were creating beautiful poetry and works of art. This museum is by the SouthGate and is very accessible and well...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Doloresfisherman
Reviewed October 3, 2018 via mobile

As usual in China Nothing is written in English All is done for locals Pity This museum is located in the heart of the artistic area It s a pleasure to walk The narrowed streets, full of shops and courtyard where you ll see the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank ksarman
Reviewed September 12, 2018

I'm so glad I went to this museum, apparently very popular with Japanese tourists and less with European ones. Many steles don't make much sense yet a few are so poetic - look out for the one by Zhang Shui, said to have been written...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank TheDustOfMyFootsteps
Reviewed August 29, 2018

Out of expectation that it was a very nice place for photos! Spent some time on finding the location. And got into a nice cafe nearby.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank pycpy
Reviewed July 9, 2018 via mobile

The museum is housed in a former Confucious temple with very pleasant grounds and include a wonderful gallery (nice a cool on a hot day) hold a vast collection of Buddha images. Towards the back you will find pavilion after pavilion of huge mortuary stones....More

Date of experience: June 2018
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