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Address: Di'anmen Wai Main Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100006, China
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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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In comparison to other sites in the city the entrance fee is a bit steep (still cheap compared to UK). The views from the bell tower are much better. Make sure to time your... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

In comparison to other sites in the city the entrance fee is a bit steep (still cheap compared to UK). The views from the bell tower are much better. Make sure to time your arrival with one of the performance times at the drum tower as it makes it all the more meaningful. The stairs are incredibly steep so take... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

The drum tower closed at 5pm sharp on the day we visited, we had less than 30 mins but a very small entrance fee it was still worth it. Had not been to a drum tower before so didn't know quite what to expect. The long straight staircase up is not for the faint-hearted, a long climb and very steep.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Great view of the hutong below. Also, make sure you go when the drums are being played. Intense and worth the steep walk up!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Go for drum show with posted times, but also see bell tower. Both have very steep stairs but fewer people in bell tower. Combination tickets available.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

We came to the towers while on a self-guided tour in the area. Check the times to be there for the drum demonstration. It takes place in the Drum Tower so climb those steep stairs ahead of time. The Bell Tower was a surprise - almost no one there (relatively speaking for China). The engineering in place is remarkable and... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Pop by and have a quick look, first checking the times of the performances. Take a videocamera, or at least ensure you iPhone is fully charged! It probably won't set your world on fire, but it is pretty easy to get to, and of considerable historic significance. If you can't make it, don't worry - you've not missed much.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Beijing is a vibrant "hectic" city and places like the Bell Tower just allows you time to slow down a bit. The bell tower is lovely but its the surrounding things to see that are intriguing like the jade picture which is stunning

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

The two towers are in the same park and they both have very steep stairs and no elevators that I saw. There is a drum demo I think every 1/2 hour it is good if you are in the tower for this it is 5 minutes.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

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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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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