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Drum Tower (Gulou)

The Southern of Xi'an West Main Street Beiyuanmen,, Xi'an 710003, China
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Ranked #18 of 247 Attractions in Xi'an
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Historic Sites, Observation Decks/ Towers
Traveler Description: The Drum Tower was built in 1380 during the early Ming Dynasty, and got its name from the hugedrum located within the building. In contrast to the... more »
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Royston, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Pagodas everywhere, this one is at the end of the muslim food street. The food market is far more interesting

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Beijing, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

It is adjacent to the Bell Tower and similar to it. The exhibition in the tower is not interesting which is about furniture. And if you are not familiar with Chinese Lunar Year, you will have no idea about those 24 big drums in the tower.

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Stuttgart
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Unfortunately I visited the tower in noon time, but performances were in the time 9h00-11h00 (I think every half hour or hour), and from 14h00-16h00 ... so they have quite a long noon time. I bought the 2-in-one ticket for bell tower and drum tower (50 Yuan instead of 2 times 35 Yuan) and I saw the 10h30 performance in... More

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Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

A shorter climb than the one in Beijing, but just as lovely, this drum tower is a delight! The performance was fun, the ancient drums were magnificent, and the views from the upper level are wonderful! Well worth an hour of your time!

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

We went as had spare time worth a look small fee quite a lot of stairs so keep this in mind . It had the history of all the types of drums over the years . Huge ones stand outside

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

beautiful tower day and night. lots of stores and street snack around this area with the muslim quarter right next to it. Great place to hang out and spend an afternoon!

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Beijing, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Like others drum towers in China, but you can take nice pictures at night. It is very well conserved.

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Harbin, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

The performance is worth going to, both drum & bell towers have these. Good views of the Muslim quarter, and a small museum on the top floor.

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Sprang-Capelle
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

It's better, mainly because the drum towers' ceremony is much more impressive and there's more to see than the neary counterpart.

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London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

The Bell Tower is worth a short visit to see the 24 drums which act as a solar calender, the biggest drum in China & a small museum. Somewhat steep climbing involved but you do get a great view of the Bell Tower across the way, the square below and the Shaanxi Muslim quarter where you should go for at... More

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