Bell Tower Travel Tips

On September 2, 2011, in Historical Relics, Other Places of Interest, Tours, Travel Info, Xi'an, by Jack Li

Bell Tower is the most magnificent and complete construction of Ming dynasty at present.  As the symbol construction of Xi’an, located on the junction of four streets stretching to four different directions, the splendid and magnificent building is called as “bright pearl of the ancient city”. Best time to Visit Bell Tower Belonging to warm […]

Bell Tower is the most magnificent and complete construction of Ming dynasty at present.  As the symbol construction of Xi’an, located on the junction of four streets stretching to four different directions, the splendid and magnificent building is called as “bright pearl of the ancient city”.

Best time to Visit Bell Tower

Belonging to warm temperate semi-humid continental monsoon climate, Xi’an is a city which has four distinct seasons.  Climate in spring is changeable; summer is hot and rainy; autumn is wet and cool; while because of the shortages of rain and snow, winter is dry and cold.  The average temperature is 13℃.  So the best time to visit Bell Tower is from April to May; from September to October.  In the crossover points of spring, summer and autumn, sunshine is bright and beautiful; weather is warm and pleasant.  The two periods are perfect for the visitors to have a taste of Xi’an.

Bell Tower Tickets

The performance of Bell Tower will be put on six times every day.

Start time of the performances: 9:00am; 10:30am; 11:30am; 15:00pm; 16:00pm; 17:00pm.

Ticket price: 20RMB/person.

Student ticket: 30RMB/coupon ticket.  There is not preferential single ticket.

Warm Tips: 1. Pay attention to your valuables, such as purse, mobile phone and camera.

2. Take legal taxi when you visit Xi’an.  Taxi in Xi’an has the cheapest price in China.

3. The Wild Goose North Square is a distributing centre of Xi’an.  Connect local travel agency and pay 30RMB for the bus and tour guide.  Then you can visit Xi’an in a routine line.  On the way, you can visit the attractions which you prefer.

How to get to Bell Tower

By bus: take bus line603, line 43, line611 and line 205, get off at Bell Tower Station.  Moreover, there are many bus lines going across Bell Tower:

Line300           Line600               Line205           Line46

Express Line605         Express line 600             Express line 606

Express Line630                   Express Line618

Line29               Travel Line7                  Line 236

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Bell Tower

 Bell Tower in Xian, built in 17th year during the reign of Emperor Zhu Yuanzhang in Ming Dynasty (AD 1384), is situated in the center of Xian City. There is a big bell hung in it, therefore it is named as ‘Bell Tower’. It is the biggest and most complete one of Chinese ancient bell […]

 Bell Tower in Xian, built in 17th year during the reign of Emperor Zhu Yuanzhang in Ming Dynasty (AD 1384), is situated in the center of Xian City. There is a big bell hung in it, therefore it is named as ‘Bell Tower’. It is the biggest and most complete one of Chinese ancient bell towers. Xian is the most important military city in Ming Dynasty. In terms of scale, historical value and artistic value, Xian Bell Tower is the champion of similar buildings. Bell Tower is a three-floor building, built on a square base with bricks and woods. It is 36 meters high. The base is 8.6 meters high. Each side of the base is 35.5 meters long. Its total area is 1377.4 square meters. The overall style of Bell Tower is typical Ming architecture. There is a spiral staircase leading to the top of Bell Tower. The roof is covered with bottle-green glazed tiles and the wall is painted with golden pictures. The rooms of the Bell Tower are decorated with painted pillars and carved beams. And each door of the tower was carved with eight embossments. Each embossment represents an ancient story. The copper-gilt pinnacle is shining under the sunray. From the Bell Tower stretch out four roads in the east, west, north and south. The four roads separately connected with the eastern, western, northern and southern gates of the Ming City Wall. The original site of the Bell Tower was at Guangji Street. In the middle of each side of the base, there is a cave about 6 meters high. It used to be the pass way, as the four roads crossed there. But now it can’t meet the need of traffic flow, so it was closed. Instead of it, around the Bell Tower built highway turntable and under the Bell Tower built souterrain. The Bell Tower in ancient China was used to tell the time, now it becomes one of the symbols of Xian. The bell in the tower, named ‘Jing Yun’, was built in the second year of Jingyun during the reign of Emperor Taizhong in Tang Dynasty. The bell is 2 meters high and 1.5 meters in diameter. It is over five thousand kilograms. The bell was carved with flying cranes and dragons. You could hear the ring of the bell from ten miles. It was first set in the Bell Tower at Guangji Street, afterwards it following the Bell Tower moved to the recent site. The bell we saw is a copy. The real one is in the Shanxi Historical Museum. The ring of the bell was recorded and broadcasted everyday in the Xian Baohua Building.

Bell Tower Story

1.   Why the Bell Tower Moved

It was moved in the 9th year during the reign of Emperor Wangli. In that year, a great earthquake happened in Xian, the Taoist priest Gao Chengzhi said that the earthquake was caused by a ten thousand years old turtle under the earth. So the local government moved the Bell Tower to the entrance of the turtle’s cave in order to threat the turtle. Afterwards earthquake never happened in Xian. The antithetical couplets in the front of the Bell Tower recorded the story.

2. Blow Xiao (a vertical bamboo flute) to attract phoenix: one of the stories on the carved doors

It is a love story about Xiao Shi and Nong Yu. As the story has a mysterious relationship with music, it is very special in the love history of China. It was said that Xiao Shi was a person in the reign of Qin Mugong during Spring and Autumn Period, and he was very good at blowing Xiao. The beautiful sounds can attract the cranes. The loved daughter of Qin Mugong, named Nongyu, was zealous about the music Xiao Shi blew. So she married Xiao Shi, and learned how to blow Xiao like the sounds of phoenix from her husband. Several years later, the sounds she blew really attracted phoenix coming to their house. Qin Mugong heard of that, built a tall building named ‘Phoenix Platform’ for them. In a morning the couple ridded a phoenix and flied away. In memory of the unique couple, people built a temple, named ‘Feng Nv temple’. It was said that sometimes you could hear the sound of blowing Xiao from the temple.

3. Diao Chang: one of the stories on the carved doors

Diao Chang is one of the Four Great Beauties in Chinese ancient time. She was a servant of Wang Yun, who is an officer loyal to the emperor in East Han Dynasty. But the emperor was under the control of a bad officer, named Dong Zhuo. Wang Yun was very worried about that Dong Zhuo will take the throne. Diao Chang told him that she want to share his worries. As Diao Chang was unbelievably beautiful, Wang Yun asked her to seduce Dong Zhuo and his adopted son, Lv Bu, and sow dissension between them. As a result, Lv Bu killed Dong Zhuo in order to get Diao Chang.

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Mount Moon Travel Tips

On September 2, 2011, in Activities, Chinese Towns & Villages, Guilin, Mountain Areas, Tours, Travel Info, by Jack Li

Mount Moon is a perfect place for mountain-climbing. The Hole in Mount Moon, the Horn-like Hill, the Rock Hill, the Cat Emerging Hill, and the Butterfly Spring compose a classical route for mountain-climbing. The Hole in Mount Moon is a 20-meter-high and 30-meter-long natural arch bridge. Many good climbers have visited there. If you want […]

Mount Moon is a perfect place for mountain-climbing. The Hole in Mount Moon, the Horn-like Hill, the Rock Hill, the Cat Emerging Hill, and the Butterfly Spring compose a classical route for mountain-climbing. The Hole in Mount Moon is a 20-meter-high and 30-meter-long natural arch bridge. Many good climbers have visited there. If you want to challenge yourself, Mount Moon is definitely one of the best choices.

The Best Time to Visit Mount Moon

The weather in the Yangshuo County is relatively stable throughout the year, so does the scenery there. Because it rains a lot in spring, you may not want to visit Mount Moon in March, April and May. Besides mountain-climbing can be very dangerous when it rains. Summer is not an ideal season to visit Mount Moon either because it can grow very hot during the day. So it is best to schedule your trip for autumn. But if you just want to stop by Mount Moon when you visit other tourist spots in the Yangshuo County, then summer is a better choice.

Best Routes to Visit Mount Moon(no information available)

Tickets to Mount Moon

Ticket Price: RMB 15 per person

Notice: Free of charge for children under 1 meter, half price for children under 1.4 meters.

Opening Hours: 8:00~17:30 everyday

(It takes you 15 minute to reach the end of the Moon Admiring Pass, and 1 hour to reach the summit.)

How to get to Mount Moon

Mount Moon is only 8 kilometers away from the Yangshuo Township. You can choose one of the following options to reach there:

  1. By motor-tricycle

Fare: RMB 4 per person (This is the cheapest way to reach Mount Moon)

  1. By taxi (You can find a taxi anywhere in the Yangshuo Township)
  2. By bicycle

Fare: RMB 10~40 for one bike one day (The price changes with the tourist seasons. It is the best way to enjoy the beautiful landscape of Mount Moon. Ride along the 321 National Highway, and it will take you one hour to reach the mountain. )

Notice: If you stay in a hotel in Guilin, you need to take a tourist bus to reach the Yangshuo Township first. There is a tourist bus leaving for Yangshuo at Guilin Bus Station every 15 minutes.

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The Cultural Relics in Mount Moon

On September 2, 2011, in Guilin, Historical Relics, More Cities, Mountain Areas, by Jack Li

The cultural relic of Three Drops of Water is at the foot of Mount Moon. The site of the relic stretches along the southwest side of the Mountain, and covers an area of 1 square kilometers. The relic had been hidden in earth for a long time and was not discovered by local residents until […]

The cultural relic of Three Drops of Water is at the foot of Mount Moon. The site of the relic stretches along the southwest side of the Mountain, and covers an area of 1 square kilometers. The relic had been hidden in earth for a long time and was not discovered by local residents until 1984 when they were laying the foundations to build a new school there. The builders were surprised when a terracotta jar and a zax appeared under their shovels. They dug on and found out that in the 30-cm-thick ash layer below the ground surface there was a large amount of pottery shards. The news got out and many archaeologists came to have a look. They soon defined the site and put it in the Neolithic Stone Age. It was named “Three Drops of Water” after the village where it is. Now the Three Drops of Water Cultural Relic has been listed as county-level-class heritage.

Another cultural relic, the White City Cultural Relic, is not far from Three Drops of Water. It is to the east of a highway that runs past Mount Moon. It is the remains of an ancient city built in 1106 in the Song Dynasty. At that time the city was named “the City of Peace”. Compared to Three Drops of Water, the White City Cultural Relic is much larger in size, covering an area of a total of 6.4 square kilometers.

Mount Moon

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Yulong River Travel Tips

On September 1, 2011, in Activities, Guilin, Rivers & Gorges, Tours, Travel Info, by Jack Li

It is a pity that you have been to Guilin but did’t visit the Lijiang River. However, it is a greater pity that you have been to Yangshuo but din’t visit the Yulong River. Activities such as bamboo raft and drifting began on Yulong River since January, 2001. In fact, it was several photographers who […]

It is a pity that you have been to Guilin but did’t visit the Lijiang River. However, it is a greater pity that you have been to Yangshuo but din’t visit the Yulong River. Activities such as bamboo raft and drifting began on Yulong River since January, 2001. In fact, it was several photographers who suggested local fishermen to manage these activities. During holidays like May Day and National Day, over 100 bamboo rafts are extremely busy from morning to night and are booked up soon everyday. Drifting begins at 6am and then ends at 8pm.

Best time to visit Yulong River

The best time to visit Yulong River is from April to November, which is also the peak season of Guilin’s tourism industry. In March and April, water is quite clear and grasses are verdant. Fields on the two sides of Yulong River are filled with colorful wide flowers. What comes into your eyes is charming vividness, pure and fresh, gladden the heart and please the eye. At the moment, water of Yulong River looks particularly limpid and verdurous, which owes to the deposition of the whole winter and the fresh spring rain. The peculiar litte bitty stinging rain in spring makes the mountain peak be permeated with thick fog and smoke, looks as if a fairyland. In June and July, Yulong River becomes dynamic and vigorous. Water fighting with several friends and swimming in the river can give you a refreshing experience.

Yulong River Tickets

Location: Yangshuo County in Guilin.

Tickets: walking tours and bike tours along Yulong River are free of charge.

Drifting: charge based on the mileage, ranging from 120 yuan to 240 yuan.

Opening time: 8:30 to 18:00

How to get to Yulong River

By bus

  1. Take the bus at Yangshuo Station (3 yuan/person), get off at Jinbao crossing of Basha Town. Then you can take motorcycle to Yulong Village, which takes 20 minutes.
  2. Take midibus at Yangshuo Station (5 yuan/person), get off at the entrance of Yulong Village or Jinlong Bridge.

By taxi: 40 yuan

By bike: 70 minutes

By car (self-driving): Enter from Hezhou or Guilin, go along the G65 Baomao Express, then turn right at the exit of Jinbao Road, driving forward one kilometer to Yulong Bridge. (you can see a direction board of Yulong Village here).

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Jiuxian Village

Jiuxian Village is a famous attraction alongside the Yulong River which was built 1400 years ago. During the period of the forth year of Tang Wude to the first year of Zhenguan (621A.D.-627A.D.), this place was called Guiyi County. The most interesting and attractive view of Jiuxian Village is the ancient hamlets and folk houses, […]

Jiuxian Village is a famous attraction alongside the Yulong River which was built 1400 years ago. During the period of the forth year of Tang Wude to the first year of Zhenguan (621A.D.-627A.D.), this place was called Guiyi County. The most interesting and attractive view of Jiuxian Village is the ancient hamlets and folk houses, which is also the soul of the whole Yulong River scenic spot. The hamlets and folk houses are of antique beauty and on twisted paths trough twilight shades. Most of the buildings are made of blue bricks and green tiles. We should pay more attention to the entrance, for the door heads, door cases, thresholds and stepping-stones are all made of wide, thick and smooth marbles, which are of extraordinary magnificence and texture. In front of the folk houses are several pairs of stone carvings, with the auspicious design of propitious cloud, dragons and phoenixes, lions and fishes. Additionally, there are also memorial arch with the letters “Yu Gate”.

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Fuli Bridge and Xiangui Bridge

On September 1, 2011, in Guilin, Historical Relics, Rivers & Gorges, Valleys and Scenic Spots, by Jack Li

Fuli Bridge Fuli Bridge is 500 meters away from Yulong Bridge, which is oval-shaped. The bridge floor, railings and steps are all made of noselite. The bridge was constructed during the period of Yongle Emperor of Ming Dynasty, with a history of over 500 years, which is one of the ancient bridges of Yangshuo. It […]

Fuli Bridge

Fuli Bridge is 500 meters away from Yulong Bridge, which is oval-shaped. The bridge floor, railings and steps are all made of noselite. The bridge was constructed during the period of Yongle Emperor of Ming Dynasty, with a history of over 500 years, which is one of the ancient bridges of Yangshuo. It is 30 meters long, 5 meters wide, 10 meters high. There is an ancient tree on either end of the bridge. As the length and height of the bridge are similar, watching it from a long distance, the bridge arch and its reflections connect with each other like a full moon. On the bridge, you can see the most attractive scene of fields and gardens. Standing on the bridge and look around, you will find this place surrounded by green mountains and waters, totally a beautiful view of southland.

Xiangui Bridge

Xiangui Bridge, a stone arch bridge over a branch of Yulong River, is the most ancient bridge of Guangxi. It is 2.2 meters high, 26 meters long and 4 meters wide. Built in the fifth year of Song Xuhe(1123A.D.), the bridge structure is quite unique, which adopts uncommon paralleled-ordered bricks, using nine pairs of stones to build the bridge arch. Totally it is constructed by 281 blocks of bricks in paralleled order. Not only the structure of it is unique, but also the stone inscriptions on the inside part of the bridge arch are precious materials for studying the culture of Yulong River. The bridge remains excellent without any damage after over 800 years of erosion of winds and rains and lash of floods.

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Yulong Bridge

On September 1, 2011, in Guilin, Historical Relics, Rivers & Gorges, Valleys and Scenic Spots, by Jack Li

Yulong Bridge is a stone arch bridge standing on Yulong River, located right by Yulong Village in Basha Town and built in Ming Dynasty. The bridge is 60 meters long, 5 meters wide, 9 meters tall and spans 18 meters. Yulong Bridge was built by stones, rather than any grout. It is non-destructive through hundreds […]

Yulong Bridge is a stone arch bridge standing on Yulong River, located right by Yulong Village in Basha Town and built in Ming Dynasty. The bridge is 60 meters long, 5 meters wide, 9 meters tall and spans 18 meters. Yulong Bridge was built by stones, rather than any grout. It is non-destructive through hundreds of years, becoming the key cultural relics of Yangshuo County. The bridge is gallant with lots of sinomenium, looks old-timey; villgers has carried water and washed clothes under the bridge from generation to generation. The stars change in positions; Yulong Bridge has witnessed tremendous changes in the world and still keeps as solid as the beginning.

The first group scenes of Liu Sanjie are shot on Yulong Bridge. There stands the monument to victory in the war of resistance in Yulong Village, recording the heroic deeds of local people who fighted a bloody battle lasted nine months against the Janpaese Army in Zhujia Village. During the Cultural Revolution, the monoment was destroyed and thrown into the river. In 1987, the local government sent some people to get the incomplete monument out of water and tried to repair it. Then the monument began to stand in its original position for people to commemorate the history. Thanks to the convenient transportation, Yulong Bridge attracts lots of Chinese and foreign tourists everyday and becomes more and more famous.

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Zhou Village

On September 1, 2011, in Chinese Towns & Villages, Cultural Experience, Guilin, by Jack Li

Zhou Village is a small village. What is worth of visiting is the limpid Yulong River that flows through the entrance of the village. In addtion, a stone arch bridge stands on the river surface that is less than ten meters wide. The bridge has a history of over 200 years, being the first ancient […]

Zhou Village is a small village. What is worth of visiting is the limpid Yulong River that flows through the entrance of the village. In addtion, a stone arch bridge stands on the river surface that is less than ten meters wide. The bridge has a history of over 200 years, being the first ancient stone bridge on Yulong River and is also called “Wangfu Bridge”. The bridge floor has been very thin after many years’ abrasion, but the semicircle of the bridge arch is still orbicular, which shows us the well-knit skills of ancient craftmen.

There are always several countrywomen washing clothes under the bridge. They still continue to use archaic and traditional washing method, kneading and beatting clothes. If you ask them why not use washing machine, they would say “we can’t afford to buy laundry soap powder, not to mention washing machine”, which makes you feel as if being cut off from the outside world for ages. If you ask the villagers about the origin of Yulong River, they don’t have an answer. Instead, they only know some old stories that handed down from their older generation. “The monkey king is oppressed under the Five Elements Mountain ahead. He will be set free after 500 years and save all living creatures”. It sounds like entering the land of idyllic beauty that was depicted in The Story of the Peach Blossom Valley of Tao Yuanming. Finding Zhou Village is the same with finding upper reaches of Yulong River, howvery, it’s just the first step of the “Long March”.

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Yulong River

In the ancient time, Yulong River was called “Peaceful Water”, but because of the famous Yulong Bridge” its name was changed into Yulong River. The river originates from Bainian Mountain in Lingui County, through Jinbao Village, Grape Town, Baisha Town, New Yangshuo Town and Gaotian Village, and finally meets Jinbao River at Qinge crossing and […]

In the ancient time, Yulong River was called “Peaceful Water”, but because of the famous Yulong Bridge” its name was changed into Yulong River. The river originates from Bainian Mountain in Lingui County, through Jinbao Village, Grape Town, Baisha Town, New Yangshuo Town and Gaotian Village, and finally meets Jinbao River at Qinge crossing and altogether flows into Tianjia River. The Yulong River is as long as 43.5 miles, with the width from 38 to 61 meters and depth from 0.5 to 0.9 meters. The river is not open to navigation for there is dam on the river for irrigation.

Yulong River is a beautiful river, also called “Little Lijiang River”. The period from Yulong Bridge to the estuary of Heshan River is especially beautiful, with high mountains, dense forestrists, beautiful hamlets, where you can appreciate the famous attractions like Yulong Bridge, Rhinoceros Watching the Moon, Old Village, Guiyi City Remains, Five Elements Mountain and so on. Yulong River is one of the numerous lovely scenes of Yangshuo.

If you set off from Yangshuo County, the first view that comes into your eyes is the Fuli Bridge. The bridge is 5 meters wide, 30 meters long and 10 meters high, oval-shaped and made of green stones. Its reflection on the water is like the shape of an egg, or rather a beautiful face of a girl, graceful and unique. The main attractions of Yulong River are: Fuli Bridge, Yulong Bridge, Guiyi City Remains, Xiangui Bridge, and the landscape of “Little Lijiang River”. The famous landscape expert of Harvard University Dr. Carl, after seeing about the view of Yulong River, expresses “This is the most beautiful place I have seen in China”.

Yulong River Attractions

Fuli Bridge and Xiangui Bridge

Yulong Bridge

Jiuxian Village

Zhou Village

Yulong River Story

A long time ago, a dragon of the East Sea came here and saw the breath-taking scene. It felt that the East Sea was pale by comparison with this place, so it decided to hide here. At first, every night, the dragon headed above the water to appreciate the beautiful view. Latter it can not help watching the landscape and sneaked out at day time. Many villagers had seen it, so comes the name Yulong River.

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