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“One of the wonders of Xian” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Forest of Stone Steles Museum

Forest of Stone Steles Museum
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One Day Historic Tour of Shaanxi Provincial History Museum - Xi'an Museum...
Ranked #18 of 333 things to do in Xi'an
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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.
Bangkok
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
“One of the wonders of Xian”
5 of 5 bubbles 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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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Interesting peek into China's past”
4 of 5 bubbles 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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Brooklyn, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“A wonderful trip back in time”
5 of 5 bubbles 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“If time permits”
4 of 5 bubbles 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Beilin Museum is a gem!”
5 of 5 bubbles 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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