The Bell Tower, a classical building with carved beams and painted rafters, has been served as the symbol of Xi'an. It stands in the center of the downtown area where the north street, the south street, the west street and the east street meet. And the tower house a huge bell which in ancient times was use to strike the time every morning. This is how the tower got its name. Now it is an important historical monument in Shaanxi Province.
The Bell Tower was first built in Ying Xiang Temple in 1384 during the Ming Dynasty. It was moved to its present site in 1582 as a result of the city's expansion program.