Stele Forest, also known as Xi'an Beilin Museum, is reputed as a treasury repository of the oriental culture. It is the oldest library of stone sculptures in the world due to its vast collection of exhibits and profound cultural connotations.
Read on travel tips on it's location, history, what to see, ticket price, opening time etc.. It was built in 1944, and is now located in Xi'an, Shaanxi Province on the site of what used to be an ancient Confucius Temple.
Stele Forest was listed as a national key cultural site in 1961. Built up on the basis of the stone inscriptions from Tang Dynasty, the museum currently houses more than 3,000 steles with a time span of 2,000 years.
Covering an area of 31,900 sq.m. (343,368 sq. ft.), it boasts over 11,000 cultural relics including works of calligraphy, painting and historical records with eleven exhibition halls.
The most magnificent stele in it is Shitai XiaoJing Steles which is made up of four giant stones and is as high as six meters.
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On this stele you will find Xiaojing written by Emperor Xuanzong in Tang Dynasty. Inscriptions of historical value including the Nestorian Stele can also be found in this museum.
Besides, nine hundred tombstones from Ming Dynasty to Qing Dynasty with epigraphs on them are on display.
Moreover, works of calligraphy by celebrated calligraphers along with large numbers of stone carvings are also an attractive scene in the Stele Forest.
Final travel tips for you: Stele Forest opens from 8:00 to 18:45 in summer and 8:00 to 18:00 in winter. The ticket fee is 45 RMB (7.5 USD) per person.