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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 249 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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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 NEW

position yourself to take some amazing photos. beautiful to look at and photograph this visual centerpiece of the ancient city of Xi'an

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Shanghai, China
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27 reviews 27 reviews
18 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014 NEW

The drum show is about 12 minutes but impressive. The children really enjoyed it. Shame about the appalling sound system for the introduction. Large drums outside are also nice to see. Drum show currently 6 times a day. I think 9, 10, 11, 3, 4 and 5.

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New Delhi
15 reviews 15 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

At night both the drum tower and the bell tower are lit up and look superb. Combine the sight with visit to the adjoining night bazaar in the Muslim Quarter.

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Rishon Lezion, Israel
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3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Hi we have entered to the Drum tower instead of bell tower cause we had not much time but it seems to be the right decision. the tower is pretty breatiful and has plenty of antiques drums.the view from the top is wonderful and you can see the bell tower from it. every hour there is a show with a... More

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

It is a hike climbing the stairs (it was around 60 stone stairs), but it is worth the effort! It is a great view and the history of the drums is truly interesting. Would never have known about the drums without this attraction. Interesting, nice view, complete with exercise! I recommend including the drum tower in your visit. It doesn't... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Try to catch one of the drum demos every couple of hours. Tourist office next door and also near Starbucks.

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

This was definitely a worthwhile thing to see. The drummers were excellent and the views from the tower were lovely. But if you have any physical limitations related to walking or going up steps, be aware that there are about 70 very steep steps to get to the floor where the drums are located. If you are physically fit, then... More

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Goolwa, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

The Drum Tower proved to be quite a pleasant surprise on our visit to Xi'an. We attended the 3 pm Drum Show, which was a terrific display of young talent. Shows were on the first level and occurred at 3, 4, and 5 pm, as well as in the morning. There were various drums on display, but additionally the views... More

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Mexico City, Mexico
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15 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

It is not so well preserved as many other we visited in China, but it is nice. You should visit the Dru Tower and then walk through the street next to eat.

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