Forest of Stone Tablets Museum (Bēilín bówùguǎn)
Forest of Stone Tablets Museum (Bēilín bówùguǎn) Review
As the name suggests, there is no shortage here of historical stone tablets engraved with content ranging from descriptions of administrative projects to artistic renditions of landscape, portraiture, and calligraphy. One of the world's first dictionaries and a number of Tang Dynasty classics are housed here. One tablet, known as the Popular Nestorian Stela, dates from 781, and records the interaction between the emperor and a traveling Nestorian priest. After presenting the empire with translated Nestorian Christian texts, the priest was allowed to open a church in Xian. While non-Chinese speakers may feel frustrated that they can't read the tablets, there are some with English translations.