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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
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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 history of time keeping

We happened to be in the neighborhood of the Bell and Drum Towers so we decided that we would stop by for the views from the towers. (We have been lucky that so far Beijing has... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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West Melbourne, Florida

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Munich, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The bell and drum towers are not as famous as for example the forbidden city, but well worth the little time they take to explore. You will only need around 1 hour here. Yes, the stairs up both those towers are no fun, but you get a great view as a reward. Plan your visit around the performance times in... More 

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Markham, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I was not expecting to join this part of the tour but was given tickets. It was one of the highlights of an already amazing visit to Beijing. The drum tower has one very long flight of stairs, well worth the climb (we were still sore from the great wall.). They play the drums three times a day so be... More 

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West Melbourne, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We happened to be in the neighborhood of the Bell and Drum Towers so we decided that we would stop by for the views from the towers. (We have been lucky that so far Beijing has had very clear days while we have been here.) The views were excellent but the insight in how ancient civilizations kept track of time... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I seem to recall that it was from here that we picked up the number 77 bus to travel to Banderling to climb the Great wall. A number of food stalls around the structure selling bites to eat as well as bottles of water and soft drinks.

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Drum Tower contains a number of very large drums. There is a drum performance every hour, so try and time your visit with one of these. They only last about 5 minutes. The views from the top are nice, they look out over the city. The Bell tower contains a huge bell and the views over the city are... More 

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Thank KeenanL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were just in time for a drum performance, which is really impressive to watch. Make sure you're on time for a show, you have to take steep stairs before you get there (we had to run for the show, which is not a good idea). It isn't that busy in the afternoon, or at least it wasn't when we... More 

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Beijing Region, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's a 250m walk (5 min) from exit A2 of the Shichahai metro station on line 8. You'll need to buy the ticket that includes admittance to both towers for 30 RMB. Otherwise, you can separately buy each ticket (20 RMB for drum tower, 15 RMB for bell tower). If you were to only chose one, then pick the Drum... More 

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Macau Region, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The temple itself isn't very interesting, but the surrounding hutongs are lovely for an evening walk. There's also many bars and cafes in the area, although most are quite bad.

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beijing
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Two towers, one with a bell and other with drum. Expect steep stairs, my friend couldn't hack it. Views from the top are pretty good as are stories of the use of these towers.

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Jakarta, Jakarta Raya, Indonesia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went to this place in the afternoon, near the closing time, but anyway we got to see both of the towers. It's because we mistakenly stopped at the wrong side of the subway, so we got to walk quite a distance to go there. Nearly half an hour walk. Pheew... Anyway, we still could take some photographs there but... More 

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