Stelae are huge stone tablets which depict important calligraphic writing often dating back to ancient times. They are held in high regard in China, and many people love to study the great artistry of these mammoth pieces.
Forest of Stelae (碑林, Beilin) is located in the
Confucian Temple on Sanxue Jie Street in Xian. This building was first built to preserve the Thirteen Classics of Filial Piety which were engraved during the Tang Dynasty. A significant collection of stelae was gathered by the Qing Dynasty and the building became known as the Forest of Stelae. Today, this is a professional art museum which collects, studies, and displays various stelae and stone sculptures. If you are interested in Chinese art and calligraphy, there are some interesting objects on display here. If not, possibly give this one a miss!
Stunning photos of Xian Beilin
Fee: RMB75 (Mar.1 to Nov.30); RMB 50 (Dec.1 to the next Feb.28/29)
Open: 8:00 to 18:15 (Mar 1 to Apr 30 Tickets available before: 17:30)
08:00 to 18:45 (May 1 to Oct 7, tickets available before 18:00)
08:00 to 18:15 (Oct 8 to Nov 30, tickets available before 17:30);
08:00 to 18:00 (December 1 to next Feb 28/29, and tickets available before 17:15)
Advised Time for a Visit: 3 hours
English tour guide : RMB 200 for a group.
Bus options: Bus.6, get off at Wen Chang Men (Wen Chang Gate) Station.
Bus.14, 23, 40, 118, 208, 213, 216, 221, 222, 232, 302, 309, 402, 512, 619, 704, 710 or 800, get off at Wen Chang Men (Wen Chang Gate) Station.
Walk east along Shuyuanmen Street and you will find it.
Author: Winny Posted in 2010
re-edited by Sophia on Mar 24,2014