With thousands of years of fascinatingly diverse history, China is one of the world’s oldest and most monumental civilisations. Encounter millennia-old culture and religion with visits to some of China’s greatest and most intriguing ancient sights.
A luxurious whistle stop adventure of China's most iconic sights, the Best of China takes you from the magnificence of the Great Wall, through the ranks of the Terracotta Army to view the languid Giant Pandas of Chengdu.
Combining the contrasting urban splendour of Shanghai, Beijing and Xian with the majestic sights of the Great Wall, Terracotta Warriors and extraordinary landscapes of the Li River, this tour showcases China’s most glorious highlights.
Both the Bell Tower and Drum Tower are the symbols of Xian.
The Bell and Drum towers were used for time keeping – at 7pm the bells would chime 13 times. Every 2 hours after that the drums were beaten to keep time.
The Bell Tower has collections of old artefacts on show – bronze bells and stone chimes from the Tang Dynasty and old porcelain.
It’s worth visiting the Bell Tower at night – it is lit up beautifully.
The original Jingyun Bell is now housed at the Xian Forest of Stele Museum.
The Bell Tower today is in the middle of a roundabout and accessed by an underpass.
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