Situated in the center of the city proper of Xi’an, the Bell Tower is the symbol of Xi’an. First constructed in the 17th year of the Hongwu reign(1384) of the Ming Dynasty, it is one of the largest, most magnificent and best-preserved architectural structures of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) in China. The Bell Tower is a wooden structure with three layers of eaves on the external carved beams, and pointed tops on the four corners. The whole building is covered with color patterns, with gilded or colored drawings, painted beams and carved pillars inside. A six-m-high top plated with gold sits on a glazed louts throne at the top of the Bell Tower,displaying the unique architectural art of the Ming Dynasty.