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“A wonderful trip back in time”

Forest of Stone Steles Museum
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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.
Brooklyn, New York
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“A wonderful trip back in time”
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”
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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Washington DC
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“Beilin Museum is a gem!”
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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Stockport, United Kingdom
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“See the rhino”
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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“A Knowledgeable Tour Guide A Must”
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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