The Bell Tower is a landmark in the center of Xian City
While we were in Xian City we had a few hours to spare, so made our way through the underground and up to the Bell Tower. This is a land mark in the center of Xian where the city’s four main streets converge. The Xian City Bell Tower has a distinctive green three-tiered roof, built in the graceful style of Ming Dynasty architecture.
The Bell Tower is a wooden structure standing on a high brick platform. It was first built in 1384, originally in a different spot a few blocks away from the current site in Xian City. The Bell Tower moved to its current site in 1582, and restored in 1739 during the Ming Dynasty.
Xian City Bell Tower houses a fine collection of bronze bells
In Xian city for the cost of only 5 yen you may have the privilege of striking a huge bronze bell with a short heavy wooden pole at the Bell Tower. It is worth a visit to this landmark, not just to admire the classic architecture, but because the Bell Tower of Xian City also houses a fine collection of ancient artifacts, many dating from the Tang Dynasty.
There are bronze chime bells, musical instruments, ancient pottery and crafted wooden items. I particularly liked the round chairs with eight legs. One couldn’t help but notice the ceiling which has a beautiful enameled pattern, with a very psychedelic center piece, from which hangs a traditional Chinese lantern.
A walk around the balcony of the Bell Tower provides an excellent view of the city streets and busy traffic and you realize just how modern and diverse China has become. The ancient Bell Tower on one hand contrasting sharply with the modern skyscrapers and towers in the distant. Xian City has colorful flower beds enhancing both the Bell and Drum Towers.
Xian City Bell Tower and Drum Tower are lit up at night
Both the Drum and Bell Tower were clearly visible from our hotel window in Xian City. When lit up at night they are very eye-catching structures. The drum tower was built in 1380 and its interior has been recently restored. Like the Bell Tower it is a three-tiered structure. We didn’t have time to visit, but the large drum can be seen on the outside balcony.
A delicious Dumpling Dinner in Xian City
There is a saying that no visit to Xian City is complete unless you have enjoyed a Chinese Dumpling Dinner. We experienced a dumpling dinner at a local restaurant one evening. It was very enjoyable with such a variety of dumplings to choose from,so many tasty fillings. Everything brought to the table in steaming hot in baskets, or kept warm over a glowing brazier at the table.
The Restaurant was a very popular spot with locals enjoying their dinner as well as tourists. The ambiance in the restaurant was very warm and vibrant, with great service from the waiters. This proved a delicious meal of traditional Chinese dumplings and an enjoyably evening out with our fellow tourists on our small group tour.
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