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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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Ranked #16 of 240 Attractions in Xi'an
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Observation Decks/ Towers, Landmarks
Owner description: Built in 1384, this imposing tower was rebuilt after the 1949...
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Type: Historic Sites, Observation Decks/ Towers, 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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Houston, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

Like the Bell Tower, this is an interesting thing to look at from afar and admire the architecture, but there are other cooler things to do and see in the city.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

I enjoyed the Drum Tower more than the Bell Tower. It has a great show and also the "largest drum" in the world.......I think it must be largest Skin Drum (from an elephant). The different drums around the Tower are interesting.

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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Like the Bell Tower there isn't much to see in the tower but it's worth the quick climb to get a view of the surrounding area. It's just off of the Muslim Quarter and the Bell Tower is just a short walk away.

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Tehran, Iran
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Just near the Muslim quarter ,deserve a short visit.At night a colored lightening system make the tower more beautiful.In the surrounding park there are people relaxing or shopping.

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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Personally I prefered the Drum tower compared to the Bell tower but you should do them both. There's more to see inside and you can assist to a drum show for a few minutes. Better views from the top in my opinion!

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Beijing, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

Having a great climate especially in the Fall, at sunset it has a very cool view, they have a bunch of kites that go tens of meters in the air, very pretty

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Tirgu Mures, Romania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

We loved this place, especially our kid enjoyed it. It wasn't as crowded as other highlights in China. The tower is old and well preserved. The drums are big and beautiful. There was also a religious service going on. I think this is a really genuine spot, definitely worth a visit.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

What you can say about the drum tower is basically what you can say about the bell tower - it is surrounded by city and full of people but that is what you might expect. As with the bell tower, you can still feel the history here and how important it once. It is part of what Xi’an is and... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

It looks prettier at night time than day time. It is a must see| We can also see The Bell Tower located in the vicinity of Gulou. It looks gorgeous.

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Ancona, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

Interesting to see all the drums. Not very dofferent from bell tower, but worth a visit. Lovely to see at night- only outside because it closes at 6

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