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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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Impressive towers and nice square

The Bell and Drum Towers are really nice to see. The square between the towers is also beautiful. As every monument in Beijing it is very busy, certainly to get into the towers... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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Utrecht Province, The Netherlands
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Utrecht Province, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Bell and Drum Towers are really nice to see. The square between the towers is also beautiful. As every monument in Beijing it is very busy, certainly to get into the towers, so get there early or take your loss.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Situated in the Hou Hai area, worth a look from outside. We wandered down the hutongs to around the lakes, very popular area with lots of restaurants and shops, great Sunday afternoon area.

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Metro Manila, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

A day trip to the Bell and Drum Towers and surrounding area will satisfy your cultural and historic curiosity, give you your shopping fix, get to see an old Chinese neighborhood, and eat afterwards.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

They are hiding in small alleys. Yo may want to walk around while in this area--recommended that combining the visit together with your HouHai tour. But personally I don't think it's a destination by its own.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We arranged a Hutong Tour as part of our guided city tour and ended up taking a rickshaw to the Bell tower. There is a small price for admission and there is a very neat little tea shop and store in the base of the tower. We took a 15 minute course on traditional Chinese tea service and sampled many... More 

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Glencoe IL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Many years ago, activities at these two towers controlled the daily life of Beijingers. Both require that you navigate a steep flight of steps. They provide good views over the hutongs and toward the gugong. Be sure to time your visit so that you are able to see the drum performance. This happens several times a day. My experience is... More 

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Scottsburg, IN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The steps are significantly steep however the view is impressive. If you go up on the half hour the performance is well worth the hike up. The courtyard between the two towers is great to sit and people watch. My wife ended up dancing with an older Chinese women. The Bell Tower is also worth the steep hike up to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very interesting expo about time measuring in China centuries ago in the drum tower. And wait for the perfomance of the the watchmen. Beautifull vieuws on Beijing on different axes. Huge loud bell in the bell tower with an interesting story (fairy tale)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We enjoyed our visit to the Drum Tower. Listening to the drums was very powerful and interesting. Take the steps up slowly, well worth the effort. As it was part of our tour I inagine there was a cost but unsure how much,

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Qingdao, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Part of the hutong and interesting to look around. Just a nice walk around and then look around the hutong and try the small bars and cafes.

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