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Forest of Stone Steles Museum

Sanxuejie St, Wenyi Bei Lu 18, Xi'an, China
029 721 0764
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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
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029 721 0764
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"confucian temple"
in 7 reviews
"chinese history"
in 13 reviews
"huge collection"
in 3 reviews
"display room"
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"animal sculptures"
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"cultural significance"
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"combo ticket"
in 4 reviews
"could spend hours"
in 2 reviews
"fascinating place"
in 3 reviews
"rice paper"
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"chinese writing"
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"south gate"
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"for sale"
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"thousand years"
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"exhibition hall"
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"bell tower"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The more than 11,000 relics make more sense with someone telling you what it means. But as a small group we were able to each find what interested us, from historans passion, to the cute ode's or other incidental text. Don't miss seeing how they...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Learn a thing or two about Chinese inscriptions (recommended between 9:30 and 11:30): Alongside the southern gate of the wall you will find the Museum of Stone Steles Museum (in Chinese: 碑林) inside the walls of the city. The museum displays ancient inscriptions inscribed on...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Definitely one of the things to do in Xian! Recommend doing it with a tour guide. Highly recommend Bryan Bai. His website is xianhistorytourguide.com

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You don't need to know Chinese to appreciate the incredible history and significance of the steles. Do a little research before going and a guide will not be necessary. A bonus is the horse hitching posts area and tombs. .

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I returned to this museum and heeded my own advice. This time I came with a guide and it did make the experience much more interesting. The more than 11,000 relics make more sense with someone telling you what it means. Some of the epitaphs...More

Thank Daniel A
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Reviewed 26 February 2018

To see here are about 7 small buildings (won't take long at all to look around in each of them, and you kind of go through them in a "sequence" from one building to another) with stone steles displayed inside, and in like the last...More

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Reviewed 18 December 2017

Forest of Stone Steles Museum - Good place to visit, fun time spent on a autumn afternoon.. Liked it...

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Reviewed 15 December 2017

It has the largest collection of Chinese stone steles from all dynasties. But, without knowing Chinese characters, it's hard to understand and fully appreciate this place. but you can how they copy ancient writings from famous calligraphers from the stele to paper. You can also...More

Thank Geminican
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Reviewed 9 December 2017

Found this by inside the the southern wall , such an interesting place . Just outside in the street were some artists with their large rice paper works just laying them on the ground . You can see all the original steles and watch them...More

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Reviewed 19 November 2017

This museum was formerly a Confucian Temple, so there is much of worth to take in without even looking at any tablets (= steles). The tablets are mainly grey, but these have done us the great favour of surviving fire, flood and troubles down the...More

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