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Bell and Drum Towers

Address: 9 Zhonglouwan, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100006, China
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Ranked #93 of 1,226 Attractions in Beijing
Type: Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks
Fee: Yes
Owner description: This two-story arched wooden structure once held 25 drums which, in...
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Type: Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks
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 day. Only one drum remains today, which is beaten four times a day for 15 minutes.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

The tower is closed down after 5 pm. It is accessible via Metro line 8. Get out from the metro at the Shichahai station and then it will be in front of you....Impressive tower and worth to walk around. The monument is in a so called hutong are, and you can find a lot of interesting shops here. Some local... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

We hadn't visited in any other cities Bell and Drum Towers so wanted to make sure we visited them in Beijing and we are so pleased we did. We went up the Drum Tower first. The steps are steep and narrow and just a case of head down, take it steady and keep going. We visited during off peak -... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

The two towers are a good point to see ancient part of Beijing. I like them but especially because of the area around the towers. Small stores, old bakery really beautiful.

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Helsinki, Finland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

We got here by accident at the same time with the latest drumming of the day. And what a great accident it was! If you only have chance to go up, go. The stairs are steep and the tower is high to climg even for a healthy person but it is worth it, trust me.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Be forewarned, if you don't like a high steep set of stairs, this is not the place to go. Once you get to the top, it is worth it. Excellent views of the surrounding city and hutongs. I loved the view from the drum tower. Be sure to catch the drum ceremonies ( 2 hour intervals I believe?).

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Situated in Hutong area which brings special atmosphere - in our opinion these 2 towers werent impressive at all. There is huge contruction yard around them so its very noisy in surroundings.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014 via mobile

The two towers are still closed until mid November, according to a sign. A pity as the two towers look beautiful from the outside. Hopefully they will be better then ever when they reopen. What was a point of great worry was that the building work around the towers focused on making the area of the towers more open, with... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014 via mobile

The Bell and Drum Towers are still closed. The notice on the ticket booth indicated that they would be reopening mid November. I was still able to snap a few a photos before heading back to the subway.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Nice place for a hour trip, Nice and beautiful architecture and Great story behind these towers. I hope they ring it during these as well.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

I arrived late so the tickets to go in were gone and I wasn't permitted to go in. The tower looks awesome from the outside. As of Sept 2014, the roads surrounding it is under heavy construction so be prepared to get dusty.

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