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Drum Tower (Gulou)

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Address: The Southern of Xi'an West Main Street Beiyuanmen,, Xi'an 710003, China
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Description: Built in 1384, this imposing tower was rebuilt after the 1949 Communist...
Built in 1384, this imposing tower was rebuilt after the 1949 Communist revolution.
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Worth the 35 Yuan

Of course right now the full tourist (foreign and Chinese) season has not yet started so I found this a very nice attraction. Beautiful Quin and Tang architecture and design. But... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Of course right now the full tourist (foreign and Chinese) season has not yet started so I found this a very nice attraction. Beautiful Quin and Tang architecture and design. But also a very nice spot to have some views, and puctures, of parts of the city.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

As for the bell tower, should do in the day and come back in the evening for checking the colorful lighting. Worth a visit.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

came expecting to see a massive drum or something interesting. There wasn't really anything to see. Walked up these long stairs to see some drums. I didn't really like it and seemed to be a waste of time for me. Just nothing special.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

This is right at the bottom (south) of the Muslim quarter, and a stone's throw from the Bell Tower. Pleasant, quiet, good view of the beginning of the Muslim quarter, reasonably priced at 35 RMB. Visited the shop which is like other Chinese museum shops, but the prices were pretty reasonable, bought a Chinese screen that was better priced here... More 

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Cardiff
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

The drum tower is a really beautiful building and I recommend seeing them at both night and day. Also towards the evening the kite sellers are out which really adds to the view.

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Xi'an, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

A chinese saying"morning bell and dusk drum" which were used as time teller. It was made in the Ming dynasty. If you like to study the old architecture, you heed have a try. The ticket is cheap and it is located in the city. Really convenient for your coming!

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Manila, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015 via mobile

The place were well preserved with various drums surrounding the tower. There's a schedule for drum performance and luckily we saw one. I like music so i enjoyed the show. During our visit only few tourists so it's a good thing. The downside of it's not accessible to pwd.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

A drum beat from the close by Bell Tower is another beautiful tower with its own features. A nice park surrounding the Drum tower makes it more inviting than its cousin Bell stuck in the middle of the street. It is also lit up at night and looks great.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

This is the mate to the Bell tower, and the drums are worth seeing, but it won't take more than 20-30 minutes to exhaust your interest. People watching is more interesting than the tower, of course.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

I watched the drum show and spent a little while exploring but I didn't see the appeal of this site to be honest. It's too expensive also (35 yuan or 50 if you buy a ticket for the drum and bell tower). Neither tower are anything special so don't waste your money!

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