Xi’an Bell Tower is the largest and best-preserved bell tower left in ancient China. It was built in 1384 AD (the 17th year of Hongwu of Ming Dynasty), and is one of the landmarks of the ancient city of Xi’an, radiating from the east, south, west, and north streets and connecting with the east, south, west and north gates of the city wall of Xi’an.
Xian Bell Tower is in a typical Ming Dynasty architectural art style, with a square wooden structure, a square base of masonry structure, and a triple four-sided roof structure covered with dark green glazed tiles, the top of which is wrapped with real gold platinum. The bell tower has tall walls, a square building body, and the four-cornered saved spire roof forms a very harmonious and beautiful architectural group with the Ming City Wall. The total height of the clock tower is 36 meters, each side is 35.5 meters long, and covers an area of 1,377 square meters. There are stairs at the entrance into the underpass.
Full Wooden Structure Frame, Not a Single Nail Used in the Building Body
The most peculiar feature of the Xi’an Bell Tower is that not a single nail was used in its construction, and it is a fully wooden structure frame. The designers scientifically used the center overhang of the four coupon holes of the tower, placing the center of gravity of the clock tower on the four corners of the foundation platform, making it more distinctive and unique, and stable, and durable.
Unique 64 Carved Story on the Door Leaf
The doors and windows of the bell tower are exquisitely carved. From the first floor to the second floor, many interesting ancient Chinese anecdotes are carved.
08:00-22:00 (April 1-October 31 );
08:00-17:30 (November 1 – March 31).
Combined ticket (Bell Tower and Drum Tower) 50 RMB;
Bell Tower 30 RMB;
Drum Tower 30 RMB.
How to Get There:
By bus: Take bus No. 7, 8, 601, 611, 618, etc., and get off at “Zhonglou” station, then walk for 2 minutes.
By subway: Take subway line 2 and get off at “Zhonglou” station, 2 minutes walk.