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Address: Di'anmen Wai Main Street, 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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Very steep stairs

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2015
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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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Wollongong, Australia
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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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Vught, The Netherlands
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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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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

This was included as part of our tour as there is a tea shop in the Bell Tower which gives a very good demonstration & tasting of a selection of Chinese teas. After the tasting one is subjected to a heavy sales demo! The Bell & Drum Towers have a long history going back over 650 years as the time... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Huge structures with a great history of the old China. Was disappointed as the day I went the visibility was poor but it was worth the visit. I recommend it.

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Changchun, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

I always enjoy walking around and past the towers but I went into them for the first time recently. The stair are steep but easily climbed - I am in my 60s. The views from the top of the towers are interesting with relevant, interesting information in English. I particularly enjoyed the information in detail about the farming cycle.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Tucked in the hutongs and in one line north to south with other important landmarks, small attraction but worthwhile. You can take carts through the hutong area if you like from here.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

If you are in the area and you have some free time, by all means, climb both towers and enjoy the view. My family ends up in Beijing on a regular basis entertaining visitors who want to see the wall etc. While these two towers were both fine, we won't include them in future trips; there was nothing that made... More 

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Address: Di'anmen Wai Main Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100006, China
Location: Asia  >  China  >  Beijing Region  >  Beijing

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