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Drum Tower (Gulou)

Address: The Southern of Xi'an West Main Street Beiyuanmen,, Xi'an 710003, China
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Xi'an Muslim Quarter Small-Group Walking Tour
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Ranked #17 of 317 things to do in Xi'an
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic sites, Observation decks & towers, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Built in 1384, this imposing tower was rebuilt after the 1949...
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Type: Historic sites, Observation decks & towers, Sights & Landmarks
Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Owner description: Built in 1384, this imposing tower was rebuilt after the 1949 Communist revolution.
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Hamburg, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Visited at night to take a few pictures in front of it and wander around. Take pictures in front of it, worth it.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

If you have time, make a trip inside and enjoy If not I recommend viewing this at night-time and enjoying the architecture through It's lighting display

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

The Bell Tower and Drum Tower can be visited on a single combination ticket. The Drum Tower has a reasonably interesting exhibition of Drums at first floor level, and an unlikely (dull) exhibition of furniture on the floor above it. Although there are six demonstrations of the drums a day, I missed these, catching the enjoyable Bell Tower musical demonstration... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

You'll probably end up here anyway due to the lack of decent attractions in Xi'an, and its ok. Not a lot to see though and fronted by a busy road.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Time your visit to coincide with a performance, wow. Inside and outside from the balconys this is a must see.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015 via mobile

The towers are impressive to look at but once you're up there all you can do is look down on the crowds and the traffic, so it can be a bit of a waste. The muslim quarter behind the drum tower is pretty cool, although extremely crowded.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

This is a great historical building. Pay the money to have a look around, you may also time it to see a drum show, worth waiting for.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

We used the tour guide service offered by Real China Travel. Our guide Daniel was excellant and very informative, especially with the history of Xi'an including the Drum Tower. Daniel was able to get us inside to tour the Drum Tower building and provided an excellant commentary.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

If you time your visit when there's a performance, it's pretty worth it. The drum performance was quite good. Other than that, we didn't find it too interesting as it was rather smoggy when we were there so we couldn't really see very far. The Muslim Quarter is behind so you can take a pretty nice top view of the... More 

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Chorzow, Poland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

Watching both - Bell Tower and Draum Tower is a rare veiw in China. Once you pass by the Drum Tower you enter an absolutely lovely street full of food stalls, candy shops, souvenirs, artcrafts, candized fruits on sticks, grilled snacks etc. A lovely (also busy and crowded) place in the night, but not to be missed once you are... More 

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