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Bell and Drum Towers

9 Zhonglouwan, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100006, China
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Ranked #81 of 1,243 Attractions in Beijing
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Historic Sites
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: This two-story arched wooden structure once held 25 drums which, in combination with bells in the Bell Tower, were once used to indicate the time of... more » Owner description: This two-story arched wooden structure once held 25 drums which, in combination with bells in the Bell Tower, were once used to indicate the time of day. Only one drum remains today, which is beaten four times a day for 15 minutes. « less
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Beijing, China
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

This is a must do or go if you are in Beijing especially during the bell and drum performance that happens every hour - check to see the exact performance time.

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Treviglio, Italy
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

If u have just few days for visiting Beijing dont go there cause u can only admire this great architecture outside but u cant enter! But if u have a lot of time u can spend some time just walking around them!

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Kiev, Ukraine
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

The Bell and Drum Towers are closed for reconstruction till 17th of October! I was sad with that. There is a beautiful view from these towers! I wanted to take some pictures, but till october that will be impossible.

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leeton nsw
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41 reviews 41 reviews
13 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

The drummers were excellent. You really get a feel for the place and how it would have of worked. Watch out for the stairs though they are steep and long. Nice eateries around the place and an easy walk from main attractions.

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Sprang-Capelle
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

We were here today and we were told that it's closed untill october this year. They're currently renovating the square between the two towers and the surrounding hutongs.

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Bartlett, Illinois
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Beautiful architecture and we were able to see some of the drummers who preformed for the Beijing Olympics. I found it more entertaining than the Great Wall, and it was probably the best part of my entire trip.

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Adelaide, Australia
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31 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

Both of these towers were used throughout the Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties to mark the time of day and are built according to feng shui principles, on a direct north/south alignment with the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square, somewhat in the shape of a dragon's back, with the towers representing the head of the dragon. After the steep and... More

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Beijing, China
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

The Drum and Bell Tower are two structures that are a stones throw from the beautiful lakes of Hou Hai. Both are well preserved and very beautiful. They stand facing each other by a distance of approximately 300 metres.You can buy a combined entrance ticket for both of them or if you prefer you can opt just to explore one.... More

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Darwin, Australia
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

I decided to go to the Drum Tower in Beijing because I done the Bell Tower in Xi'an. The entrance fee is 20 Yuan which is probably all that it is worth! There are about 90 very steep stairs to get up to the viewing section on the tower which takes alot of effort. Unlike most attractions, there are no... More

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Greer, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

Highly recommend the drum tower tour that is hosted by Cecilia. She is an excellent guide and the drum tower gives a great view over the city. The drum tower demonstration was impressive followed by a rick-shaw tour of the village and a visit to one of the locals home. Cecilia speaks great English and made the tour very fun!... More

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