Bell tower also known as city wall, is one of the most iconic and must do things while in Xian after the terracotta warriors, built in 1384 during the Ming Dynasty, Bell tower is a symbol of the city and one of the grandest of its kind in China.
The day of my visit was an extremely hot day, full of people, since it was a national holiday, there was no more bikes and it was exhausting walking around in the hot weather, if it was far away from the city center, I would probably not go, you guys already know my opinion of temples, shrines and so on, living in china and Vietnam traveling around Asia seeing temples in every corner that are very similar to each other, it gets annoying after a while, sometimes I feel like being in a temple in Xi’an or shanghai or Hanoi, it feels like I am almost in the same place, I am more the type of traveler that prefers to search for the city essence and for the hiding gems, of course there’s popular monuments and historical sites that everyone knows that still catch my attention because they are beautifully build, the architecture is impressive, but the bell tower I didn’t really found it that interesting, I need to be honest, as I said maybe because I live here or because of the weather.
Museum inside the bell tower.
There was no more bikes available, I saw some reviews before I went there, many people were saying that the ride inside the tower was amazing and peaceful, I am sure it is specially in summer, by afternoon when the soon goes down, renting one of those double bikes and just go around the tower for sure it would be much more enjoyable.
The bell tower is a good spot because is conveniently situated in the city center, not like the terracotta warriors who are pretty far away or the Huashan mountain , that we were very excited to go but was pretty far too, so the bell tower is a good near alternative in the center of the city, to spend the time and relax and if your lucky to rent a bike and just go around and enjoy the flow.
Travel tips: If your visiting the Bell tower in summer, try to go in the late afternoon because summer in China can get extremely hot, and by late afternoon most of the tourists will already be gone, so you would have better chances to rent a bike, even if your not lazy and you can walk, trust me! Everything in China is massive, so don’t think it’s a 20 minutes walk!