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Xi'an Bell Tower

bell-towerThe Bell Tower in Xian is located in the very center of the city and at the junction of four main roads. The original city Bell Tower was situated to the west of this site and the present construction was built in 1582 and restored in 1739

bell-tower01There is a huge bell hanging on the roof of the tower, which was traditionally used to tell time. There are other smaller bells on exhibit in the tower. Today, the Tower can only be accessed form the subway on North Street, where visitors must also buy their tickets.

To the west of the Bell Tower is the Drum Tower. This is a smaller building, situated in a lively street that is filled with street traders and hawkers. This tower marks the entrance to the city's Muslim Quarter, which is a lovely area to wander and observe. The feeling here is almost of a "city within a city" and the streets around this district heading up to the Mosque are like a small village crammed with people selling all kinds of weird and wonderful things.