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Forest of Steles

China, an East Asian country is one of the world’s oldest civilizations. It has a vast cultural history of more than five thousand years and an outstanding natural beauty. On the other hand, this country has remained a comparatively isolated and secluded one, and being a land of mystery, this country is not known to the western half of the world. However, China is rapidly developing and has grown in the phase of modernization, with an immense speed and is also welcoming the outer world to interact and do business with them.
The Forest of Steles is a library of engraved slabs of stone named as steles. This is the biggest stone library in China and is part of the collections at the Shaanxi Museum. It was built at the earlier ConfuciusTemple at Sanxue Jie in Xian in 1090 to protect the Kaicheng Stone Classics and the Stone BaseClassics of Filial Piety. These classic steles were imprinted during the Tang dynasty that lasted from 618 to 907.
Forest of Stone Steles Museum is positioned on Sanxue Street, near the south gate of Xian City Wall. It was at first established in AD 1087 when some precious stone steles were moved here for safe keeping, including the Classic on Filial Piety written by Emperor Xuanzong in AD 745 and the Kaicheng Stone Steles carved in AD 837. With an area of 31,000 square meters, this used to be the foremost museum for Shaanxi Province since 1944.
With 900 years of history, this fortune house holds a huge collection of the original stone steles of different periods, from the Han Dynasty to the Qing Dynasty. In chorus, there are 3,000 steles and the museum is separated into seven exhibitions halls, which mostly display the works of calligraphy, painting and historical records. All of these record various achievements in the growth of the Chinese culture and reflect the historical facts of the cultural exchanges between China and additional countries.

Forest of Stone Steles is definitely one of the popular tourist attractions in China. It is worth paying a visit while touring the country. This place will leave a pleasing and unforgettable memory and justify the proud cultural tradition of China.

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