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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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Well worth a stroll while in the city centre

This can be visited at the same time as many other attractions, such as the Bell Tower, the Muslim quarters & the great Mosque. You can pay to go up but to be honest the best... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 8, 2015
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Hong Kong, China
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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

This can be visited at the same time as many other attractions, such as the Bell Tower, the Muslim quarters & the great Mosque. You can pay to go up but to be honest the best view is that the tower itself, and you cannot see much from inside (it is not very tall). So avoid paying for access unless... More 

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Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

The Tower is great by day or late afternoon (best). The icing on the cake was the performance of a group of Taiko Drummers which was great for the setting.

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Situated near the bell tower it is of similar style and beautifully lit at night. Well worth the visit.

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Orange, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Located near Muslim quarters this is a historical landmark but not all that interesting. Lots of history. A stone's throw away is main street of muslim quarters.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Really good place to visit, try and time visit to coincide with the drum playing demostartions which are quite remarkable. You can get a joint ticket fior here and for the Bell Tower which is close at hand.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

Decorated for lunar New Year, and beautiful at night. Great contrast between old and new, as a giant traffic circle goes around the site. Very busy area, with lots of locals doing there thing!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

This building is another night view building in Xian and that really needs to been taken photo of after dark. Head over there after dark and take amazing photos

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Hamburg, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Visited at night to take a few pictures in front of it and wander around. Take pictures in front of it, worth it.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

If you have time, make a trip inside and enjoy If not I recommend viewing this at night-time and enjoying the architecture through It's lighting display

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

The Bell Tower and Drum Tower can be visited on a single combination ticket. The Drum Tower has a reasonably interesting exhibition of Drums at first floor level, and an unlikely (dull) exhibition of furniture on the floor above it. Although there are six demonstrations of the drums a day, I missed these, catching the enjoyable Bell Tower musical demonstration... More 

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