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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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history and wonderful carvings

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 17, 2015
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Manila, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

These two towers are definitely worth visiting. It is a steep climb up to the top of both but you can see a lovely view from the top. It is obscured somewhat as there are barricades, but still worthwhile. It is a little way away from the nearest metro but we combined it with a visit to nearby Nanluoguxiang and... More 

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Kota Tinggi, Malaysia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

these are two separated towers - one bell one drum tower standing besides each other. they're magnificient

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

Shichahai is another area worth checking for its beautiful lakes, shopping along old streets. It is the Old Beijing from what I understand. One of the few places I have ever been where the crowds make the visit more enjoyable. You can rent pedal boats, bike rickshaws, etc. I visited during the day and was told the bars at night... More 

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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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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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