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Address: 9 Zhonglouwan, 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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Interesting to see and enjoy the view from the top. We visited on a clear sunny day and combined with a walk through the surrounding streets and hutongs with many interesting... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

We visited the drum tower last week after a morning at the summer palace and lunch at Houhai lake. We walked from Houhai (through some shopping hutongs) and made our way to the drum and bell towers. There was a wide courtyard in between and we let the kids play for a while. We walked up a steep stairway to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Interesting to see and enjoy the view from the top. We visited on a clear sunny day and combined with a walk through the surrounding streets and hutongs with many interesting shops and then down to Beihai Park. They made an enjoyable stop off on a good day out.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Standing at either end of Culture Square, the drum tower is probably more impressive There are regular demonstrations of drumming that are worth going for. Be prepared for a lot of steps to get you up to both. Providing the air is clear you'll get good views of Beijing. However, if the smog is down, it's worth going just for... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

We visited here to use up sometime before heading for our evening meal. The Bell and Drum towers date back hundreds of years and give you a feel for old China. They were quite impressive as they stand at the edge of a small public square which is surrounded by classic hutongs. A very nice place to visit during the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

This place offers a good view. Though you have to climb a very steep stairs first. Wait for the drum show. Even though it only takes 5 minutes it is well worth it! The music is not too hard for your ears

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 via mobile

I visited the bell tower first, followed by the drum tower as there was a short drum performance later on.. Both towers have a long flight of stairs to climb, about 5 stories up.. It's pretty steep too, so be careful when small kids or the elderly are with you.. The view is pretty nice as you can see about... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

I'd visited Beijing many times before visiting the Bell and Drum Tower. Interesting place that stands out in the neighborhood. Nor really worth traveling out of your way for, but if nearby it's a cool and unexpected attraction.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Sorry to say that we arrived late. Closing time is 6:00 PM. Because of the crowd, it took us almost 45 min. To reach there. It was close. Still nice to see the big gates and the yard where kids do run and play.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

These are probably worth visiting if you are in the area exploring the hutongs, as you should be :) The towers are relatively impressive from the outside, and offer decent views -- except that they are obscured by railings, which I found very disappointing. I thought some other reviewers really overrated the difficulty of climbing the stairs: if you are... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

This was part of our guided tour and it was worth looking at. It is not as impressive as other sites we had seen but is an important part of the whole historical package.

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