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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
Fee: Yes
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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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History without the crowds

Came here on a Sunday afternoon, minimal crowds. The architecture is amazing and classic. For ¥30 you get a pass to the top of both. Well worth it if you time it with the drum... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Nanaimo, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Came here on a Sunday afternoon, minimal crowds. The architecture is amazing and classic. For ¥30 you get a pass to the top of both. Well worth it if you time it with the drum ceremony which is so worth seeing. Highly recommend. See my other reviews for Beijing.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

For me these towers genuinely felt like we were standing on the grounds of ancient history. Great views and a nice square. I can imagine a great resting spot in the summer after a hot climb up the towers. I did want to go around the hutongs but didn't really want a touristy rickshaw, and wasn't sure of the etiquette... More 

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Goleta, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Be sure to experience the Bell and Drum Towers when you are in Beijing -- especially when the drummers are performing. After dealing with huge crowds at the other major sites, the Bell and Drum Towers provide a terrific and less hectic addition to the Beijing experience. Both Towers offer great views (especially the Bell Tower), interesting history, and some... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I recommend checking these out if you happen to be wandering around in the nearby Hutongs. The views from up there are pretty good, apart from that, the Bell Tower has the biggest cast bell in China, and the Bell tower has a collection of drums on display).

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Bell and Drum Towers are ok, but what is really great, is walking around the surrounding hutongs. I absolutely loved it walking through the alleyways, and venturing in some side-alleys to see some authentic parts in this modernizing city.aound the sourrounding hutongs

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Cologne, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Bell and Drum Towers are located in a very nice area. Local people around, hutongs to visit and regular life in the neighborhoods. The walk up those towers is kind of steep (stairs), but the views are worth it. History of these towers is interesting. All in all a nice attraction in Beijing.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lots of stairs and a little off the beaten path. They were fantastic to see regardless and worth the extra time it took us to get there.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

These are lovely structures, located adjacent to each other on the famous north south city axis. Originally for music playing, for many later centuries and Dynasties they were used to sound the time for the citizens when no other method of telling it was available. The grey walled bell tower looked magnificent against the blue sky. Ascending the stairway brought... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visiting these towers is a great start to a walking tour of the Beijing hutong area. Every taxi driver knows this place and from the top of the tower you will be able figure out the layout of the whole area. Be prepared however for a steep climb on the stairs, no lifts available! Back down, watch out for the... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After paying to get in we took one at the steep stairs and decided we couldn't do it. I have a bad knee and my husband is scared of heights! We tried going in downstairs but there was not much to see. Don't go unless you are fit - they are not hugely interesting from the outside. However we walked... More 

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