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Bell Tower (Zhonglou) Tours

The word “tower” doesn’t quite do justice to the enormous structure of the Xian Bell Tower - or Zhonglou, rising on an imposing square base to a series of terraces and three graceful pagoda roofs. This is nothing less than the symbol of Xian, positioned at the meeting point of its north-south and east-west axes. Originally built in 1384 under the mighty Ming Dynasty, it was subsequently moved to ensure it retained its central position, with its base later rebuilt.

Enjoy great views of central Xian from this masterpiece of classical Chinese architecture. You can still see the original bell here, though it’s no longer rung to announce the dawn (not that you would hear it over the traffic anyway); instead you can enjoy regular musical performances on a variety of smaller bells.

Practical Info

The Bell Tower is as central as it gets in Xian, and its position on a major intersection makes it eminently visible. On the downside, it’s a bit of a traffic island; use the underground pedestrian tunnel on the north side.

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Xi'an Classic Day Tour, Xian, null
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Xi'an Classic Day Tour

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Xian, as the oldest imperial capital in China, it’s the starting point of the ancient Silk Road, to know more about this old and mysterious city, join ...  Read more

Location: Xi'an, China
Duration: 8 to 9 hrs

From USD $83.00
Classic Xi'an City Bus Tour, Xian, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Classic Xi'an City Bus Tour

Whether you are a first-time visitor or an experienced traveler in China, Xi'an is always a must-visit destination known for history. Classic Xi'an City Bus ...  Read more

Location: Xi'an, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $100.00
Private Half-Day Cultural Walking Tour of Xi'an, Xian, Bus & Minivan Tours
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Private Half-Day Cultural Walking Tour of Xi'an

Explore culture of Xi’an on this 4-hour walking tour. Roaming through city landmark of Bell Tower and Drum Tower Square, stroll along bustling Muslim ...  Read more

Location: Xi'an, China
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $33.50
Xi'an Private Tour: Great Mosque and Ancient City Wall at South Gate, Xian, Walking Tours
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Xi'an Private Tour: Great Mosque and Ancient City Wall at South Gate

This private tour allows you to see most of the important attractions in Xian City. Shaanxi History Museum will introduce you to basic facts of Chinese ...  Read more

Location: Xi'an, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $79.00
Full-Day Private Tour of Terra-cotta Warriors and City Wall from Xi'an, Xian, Private Sightseeing ... 
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Full-Day Private Tour of Terra-cotta Warriors and City Wall from Xi'an

See the best Xi’an has to offer in just one day and savor the flavor of this ancient capital, a melting pot of different cultures.

Location: Xi'an, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $199.00
One Day Xi'an Highlight Private Tour, Xian, City Tours
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One Day Xi'an Highlight Private Tour

The glorious long history of the ancient Chinese capital, Xi’an, has apparently contributed to its magnificent culture. This is the most classic Xi’an one day ...  Read more

Location: Xi'an, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $105.00
Xi'an Hanyangling, Shaanxi Museum, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Muslim Quarter Private Tour, Xian, ... 
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Xi'an Hanyangling, Shaanxi Museum, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Muslim Quarter Private Tour

Spend a day to visit the majestic at Tomb of Emperor Jingdi (Hanyangling), Shaanxi History Museum, and enjoy a local lunch at Muslim Quarter. In the of the ...  Read more

Location: Xi'an, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $42.00
Xian Tour with City Wall, Xian Museum, and Muslim Quarter, Xian, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Xian Tour with City Wall, Xian Museum, and Muslim Quarter

Explore the history-rich city of Xian and discover why it attracted people of all walks of the world, from emperors and warriors, to poets and monks. Through ...  Read more

Location: Xi'an, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $100.00
Xi'an Day Tour: Shanxi History Museum, Xi'an City Wall and Bell Tower, Xian, Full-day Tours
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Xi'an Day Tour: Shanxi History Museum, Xi'an City Wall and Bell Tower

Meet your guide at your hotel in Xi'an and start your tour with a visit to Shaanxi Provincial History Museum that is considered one of the best artifacts ...  Read more

Location: Xi'an, China
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $55.00
Private One Day Xi'an Walking and Biking Tour Including Lunch, Xian, Half-day Tours
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Private One Day Xi'an Walking and Biking Tour Including Lunch

This tour starts from the Bell tower, a structure that has stood at the city centre for over 600 years. Then head to the city wall where you will cycle around ...  Read more

Location: Xi'an, China
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $57.00

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