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Forest of Stone Steles Museum

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

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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I loved seeing the Book of Changes. Also it was nice and quiet, a break from all the rush of most places. Also very close to the street with watercolors etc Shu Yuan Men ( Ancient... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I loved seeing the Book of Changes. Also it was nice and quiet, a break from all the rush of most places. Also very close to the street with watercolors etc Shu Yuan Men ( Ancient Culture Street) and that street is also pretty and peaceful. My young guide that day didn't think I'd be interested in the Steles Forest... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016

Whether you want to see Buddhist icons, or learn about China's past, this is definitely worth a visit. The stelae cover everything from agricultural taxes to Confucian ideals. The gift shops are fun, too.

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

I had never even heard of the word "Steles" before this. We stopped there en route to one of the nearby mountains. It was a huge place with lots of these "Steles' that have all sorts of inscriptions on them. The Emperor of the time did it to memorialize teachings and history. What was cool was the workmen doing all... More 

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Pernes-les-Fontaines, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016 via mobile

This museum has good signs in English which helps to understand the forest. And there is also a demonstration of how the prints are made of these ancient writings. That really brought the stones to life. Clean toilets are also always worth mentioning.

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Australind, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016 via mobile

I reckon this site as an ancient art museum. If you appreciate art and Chinese calligraphy you will be fascinated. It's construction was based on Xian Confucius temple Dari g from 1087 during the North Sung Dynasty. What would I see there? 1. Emperor's announcement and his calligraphy under the pavillion 2. National treasures from top calligraphers Kaicheng Classics in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

I visited this museum at the suggestion of a colleague and found it to be fascinating to see what would be considered a library of olden times. Not crowded and very peaceful.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2016

This is a place where they collect pillars onto which were carved declarations and history and teachings. It seems like an impractical way to file away documentation, but that's how it was down and it's a treasure trove of history. You can by a combination ticket for the Museum and the old city wall.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2016

This is outside of the regular tourist round of Xi'An. Located in an old preserved district near the North Gate, within the ancient city wall and a stone throw from Jano's Backpackers hotel, this quiet museum offers much more than calligraphy. Recently opened rooms house an amazing collection of local buddhist sculptures. There is hardly anybody there and it is... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2016

Chinese history was amazing, well-carved on the steles. Surprisingly to see some tales been carved in such tiny font, still beautifully clear. Loved the smell of ink. Some great paintings displayed there.

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Shanghai, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2016 via mobile

The museum is very big and well-organized, with English captions. A lot of buildings to explore, with steles, sculptures, bass reliefs, etc, all made of stone. It's not easy for an uninitiated foreigner who doesn't know the language to admire the calligraphy of the inscriptions but I could see they were made in very different styles and a lot of... More 

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