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Xian - Forest of Stone Steles Museum

Shaanxi - Xian - Yan'an

The Forest of Stone Steles in Xian is an art treasure-house with the oldest and richest collection of steles in China. It is a classical courtyard styled structure situated at the site of formal Confucian Temple in Sanxue Street, near the south gate of the City Wall. The museum covers an area of more than 30,000 square m.

It is not only one of the centers of ancient Chinese stone-engraving classics, but also the focus of the works of art of celebrated calligraphers of past dynasties.

The numerous standing steles resemble a forest, hence the name "Forest of Steles". With a history of almost 900 years, it is an art gem renowned at home and abroad.