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Address: Di'anmen Wai Main Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100006, China
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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This two-story arched wooden structure once held 25 drums which, in...

This two-story arched wooden structure once held 25 drums which, in combination with bells in the Bell Tower, were once used to indicate the time of day. Only one drum remains today, which is beaten four times a day for 15 minutes.

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Lots of history and lots of steps!

You need to be fairly fit to visit both towers as each has some serious steep steps. If you only do one, I recommend the drum tower. Make sure you are there when they are used... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Ebeltoft, Denmark
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

You get a really good view from the Towers, but for us, the best is the two squares in between and to the north. And of course the hutongs around. Walk throug and explore.

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Thank Lars Christine R
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not really a place to visit, unless you are nearby. It is close to the hutongs, so we reached it by chance.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You need to be fairly fit to visit both towers as each has some serious steep steps. If you only do one, I recommend the drum tower. Make sure you are there when they are used (Just about every hour). Buy a through ticket for 30RMB if you decide to visit both. Incidentally the public loos next to the drum... More 

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Lake Elmo, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

These towers announced the open and closing of he old city gates. They now sit in a park filled with local people exercising and socializing.

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Ende, Indonesia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Time is important for chinese, they always shows up early and manage everything so quick, chinese were very shrewd and quick to work. This is basically a museum that shows people how chinese manage their time. there are a show and you can wait there, Good Picture can be obtain from the top of the building!!!

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Thank Steven W
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Worth to visit the both bell and drum tower. its only take an hour and surely not disappointed. Both place given a brief introduction of what the function of bell and drum during the ancient time

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2017 via mobile

The Drum Tower has been open for visits for some years but the Bell Tower was made accessible for visitors only in about 2015. These two buildings tower over Peking, on a north south axis with the forbidden city. Each marked points in the day. The Bell Tower is a sober, tiled roof brick structure. A very steep climb is... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2017

This is worth doing only to understand more of the heritage and history of the city. Do take the time to participate in the Tea Ceremony.

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Beijing, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2017

Be sure to climb to the top of the two towers, and enjoy the wonderful view of the inner city. From the bell tower you have a great view of The Forbidden City. At the Bell tower you can also still hear the drums being played.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2016

Everyone was pointing us to different directions when we asked them for this place. The steps up the towers are pretty steep, suits those into cultures & history. There's a drum performance almost every hour during the day except for lunch. So ask when you are there.

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