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Forest of Stone Steles Museum

Forest of Stone Steles Museum was initially established in 1087 for some precious stone steles were moved here for safe keeping, including the 'Classic on Filial Piety' written by Emperor Xuanzong in 745 and 'the Kaicheng Stone Steles' carved in 837. Besides, it located on Sanxue Street near the south gate of Xian City Wall, once the site of the Temple of Confucius during the Northern Song dynasty (960-1127). The Forest of Stone Steles used to be the the principal museum for Shaanxi Province since 1944 for its rich stone steles and an area of 31,000 square meters, and officially named as the Forest of Stone Steles Museum in 1992.

With 900 years history, this museum has over 3,000 steles from the Han Dynasty to the Qing Dynasty in seven exhibitions halls, which mainly display the works of calligraphy, painting and historical records. All of these steles record the historical facts of cultural exchanges between China and other countries and some achievements of Chinese culture.


Room One mainly displays 'the Kaicheng Stone Classics', which contains twelve lections caved on 114 steles, including the 'the Book of Changes', ' the Book of History’, 'the Book of Songs', 'the Analects of Confucius' and some others of this kind. These are the must-read books for the intellectuals of the feudal society. The reason why the lections were engraved on the stone steles, is the printing at that time was not advanced enough to print these precious lections and keep these lections safely.


Forest of Stone Steles Museum Notes

Admission Fee:
Dec.1 to the next Feb.28/29: CNY 30
Mar.1 to Nov.30: CNY 45

Opening Hours:
Summer: 08:00 to 18:45, tickets available before 18:00
Winter: 08:00 to 18:00, tickets available before 17:15
RecommendedTime for a Visit:Three hours

Bus Route:
1. Take tourism bus no.6 and get off at Wen Chang Men (Wen Chang Gate) Station.
2. Take bus no.14, 23, 40, 118, 208, 213, 214, 221, 222, 232, 302, 309, 402, 512, 704, 710 or 800 and get off at Wen Chang Men (Wen Chang Gate) Station. Walk east along Shuyuanmen Street and you will find it.