As the Starting Point of the Silk Road, it was once the imperial capital of 13 ancient dynasties, Xi'an is the best witness of China's long history and time-honoured cultures. The city presents the unique amalgamation of stunningly ancient and modern architectures, allowing tourists from all over the world to dive into the richness and distinctiveness of its cultural heritage.
These towers are located in Muslim district along Huajue Lane, the Great Mosque is a short walk from the Drum Tower and the Bell Tower, at the centre of town.
Introduction of Bell Tower:
Xi'an Bell Tower is located in the centre of Xi'an, it is the largest and most complete existing bell tower in China at the intersection of four main streets in the east, west, north and south of the Ming City Wall. The tower was founded in the 17th year of Hongwu, Taizu of Ming Dynasty (1384), it was first built in Guangji Street, which is opposite to Drum Tower.
The building structure of Bell Tower:
Bell Tower is a typical Ming Dynasty architectural art style, the bottom of the tower is a square base of brick and stone structure and on the top of the tower is a triple four-sided cusp structure, covered with dark green glazed tiles. In the middle of the four sides of the base, and it was used to be the intersection of East, South, West and North Streets. Now the portals have been closed, surrounded by road turntables and underground passages dedicated to pedestrians.
Introduction of Drum Tower:
Drum Tower is one of the landmarks of the ancient city, it was built in the Ming Dynasty. When you climbing the Drum Tower, you can see a big drum 1.8 metres high and 24 red drums engraved with 24 solar terms, which is very powerful. The Drum Tower also exhibits Ming and Qing furniture, porcelain and Qi Baishi's paintings and calligraphy. Furthermore, when you visit Drum Tower, you can also enjoy the performances of traditional folk music and dances.
The building structure of Drum Tower:
Xi'an Drum Tower is the largest Drum Tower in China, with a large rectangular base at the bottom and a north-south entrance with a height and width of 6 metres. The upper and lower floors on the platform are divided into two floors and are covered with green glazed tiles, which is quite beautiful.
What to do?
When you enter the Bell Tower, you will find a copy of Jingyun Bell in the Bell Tower. The original was cast in the second year of Jingyun Tang Ruizhong (711 A.D.) and is now stored in the Xi'an Stele Forest Museum.
Standing on the bell tower, you can see the four main streets extending from the bell tower, the busiest business district of Xi'an around the bell tower, and the nearby drum tower.
Visitors can also enjoy wonderful performances when they visit the Bell Tower, which is held six times a day. The specific time of performances can be seen on the official website. In addition, behind the Drum Tower is North Guangji Street with many traditional Xi'an cuisines, it will feast your eyes.
When is the best time to visit?
Every March to October is the best time to travel to Xi'an. Also, the city is famed for its annual festivals; one of the livelier ones is the Silk Road International Tourism Festival. Every September people gather in downtown Xi'an for this event. Fireworks, folk music and dance performances, talent shows, cultural exhibitions are all part of the itinerary.
Xian's off-season tourism is from mid-November to March. At this time, the climate of Xi'an is cold and dry, with fewer tourists. Although it is not the peak season of tourism, most scenic spots carry out off-season prices. Considering the economic factors, it is a good time to travel to Xi'an. of course, if you would like to enjoy a magnificent scene of the north.