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Address: Di'anmen Wai Main Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100006, China
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: Yes
Description: This two-story arched wooden structure once held 25 drums which, in...
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.
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Huge structures with a great history of the old China. Was disappointed as the day I went the visibility was poor but it was worth the visit. I recommend it.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 25, 2015
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Wollongong, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

While exploring Beijing on my bicycle I came across the imposing Bell and Drum Towers. I purchased my $3 entry ticket and climbed to the top of the endless staircase of the Bell tower. On the way down I met my new friend Jun and his mother who had been standing on the top of the stairs for the last... More 

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Vught, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

get in there early and enjoy the spectacular views over the old citypart, the forbidden city or even the olympic city be aware that the climb is steep, but worth the effort

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

This was included as part of our tour as there is a tea shop in the Bell Tower which gives a very good demonstration & tasting of a selection of Chinese teas. After the tasting one is subjected to a heavy sales demo! The Bell & Drum Towers have a long history going back over 650 years as the time... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Huge structures with a great history of the old China. Was disappointed as the day I went the visibility was poor but it was worth the visit. I recommend it.

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Changchun, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

I always enjoy walking around and past the towers but I went into them for the first time recently. The stair are steep but easily climbed - I am in my 60s. The views from the top of the towers are interesting with relevant, interesting information in English. I particularly enjoyed the information in detail about the farming cycle.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Tucked in the hutongs and in one line north to south with other important landmarks, small attraction but worthwhile. You can take carts through the hutong area if you like from here.

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Shanghai, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

If you are in the area and you have some free time, by all means, climb both towers and enjoy the view. My family ends up in Beijing on a regular basis entertaining visitors who want to see the wall etc. While these two towers were both fine, we won't include them in future trips; there was nothing that made... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Both towers provide a good view of the city, nice on a clear day. Interpretation panels give some information on the history. The steps up to both towers (especially the drum tower) are very, very steep, so I'd advise against it for anyone that has difficulty walking or going up stairs.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

It is a must see for every vister in this city. Check it out and you will learn more about China culture. The shops around are a rip off! !!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

We tour the 2 towers within 3 hours by ourselves.. You can get cheaper ticket if you buy combined entrance fee. It has amazing carvings inside and great view of the city at the top. Worth seeing the place if you're visiting Xian City. Also, there are lots of interesting historical stuffs displayed inside... If you visit the towers, it's... More 

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Address: Address: Di'anmen Wai Main Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100006, China
Location: Asia  >  China  >  Beijing Region  >  Beijing

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