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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 #16 of 247 attractions in Xi'an
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

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
18 reviews 18 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

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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6 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014 NEW

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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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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605 attraction reviews
545 helpful votes 545 helpful votes
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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San Diego, California
17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Enjoyed touring the tower and the drum performance. Walking around the upper floor of the tower you get great views of the bell tower and the street market below.

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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73 reviews 73 reviews
34 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

It is true that this place should be seen at night - from a distance! It (and the Bell Tower) are so well lit up that it isn't difficult to miss! However, it should also be visited by day, and timed to coincide with one of the drum demonstrations inside the hall itself. It was an excellent addition to our... More

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Guangzhou, China
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48 reviews 48 reviews
22 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Grand and Artistic, that would be the best words to describe this tower. Strategically located just beside the famous moslem street, you shouldn't miss this place. Especially at night.

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Sydney, Australia
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182 helpful votes 182 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Like the Bell Tower, this one is also better at night when illuminated. It's also difficult to photograph from the street because of the height and difficulty getting far enough back from it. I suppose the thing to do would have been to go into it but I didn't.

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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

The drum tower is worth a visit mainly as a signpost to the drum tower square which is fascinating. We went past the drum tower at night so wasn't able to get inside. Impressive building though

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