Visitors to the city of Xi’an in China will find much to draw their attention, including a host of sightseeing attractions. For visitors engaged in travel Xian an outstanding accommodation choice would be the Citadines Central Xi’an. This fine rest offers comfortable interiors and a selection of amenities in a conveniently located setting.
No sightseeing tour of Xi’an would be complete without visiting the city’s renowned Bell Tower. Originally constructed as long ago as 1384 by the Emperor Zhu Yuanzhang, the Bell Tower has been designed in the typical Ming Dynasty style. This striking monument is considered to be the most well preserved as well as the largest building of its kind in the entirety of China. The tower’s original purpose was to warn the inhabitants of the city of impending attack. As its name suggests it originally housed an immense bell made of copper which weighed nearly 4,000 lb. For a period of four centuries this huge bell was rung regularly each morning.
The handsome bell tower occupies an extent of no less than 1,370 sqm and boasts a height of 36 m. The tower rests on a sturdy base of grey brick, which is itself of extensive proportions. The tower is a two storey structure that features three sets of Chinese style curling eaves. These eaves, which are covered in traditional green coloured tiles whilst being attractive and decorative also serve to moderate the effect of strong rain on the tower’s structure.
On the external walls of the structure you will see a multitude of Qing and Ming style inscriptions that depict well-known Chinese folk legends. The interior of the tower features colourful and elaborate artwork which decorates the ceilings, beams and walls. Within the interior you will also find a modestly sized stage where dancers and musicians give frequent performances. A visit to the Xi’an Bell Tower will undoubtedly captivate and enthral.
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