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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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Drum Show

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Ende, Indonesia
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Ende, Indonesia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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 2 weeks ago 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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Davenport, Iowa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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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Singapore, Singapore
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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Greenbelt, Maryland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There is no point at arriving early, since the monuments open to the public at 09:00; earlier admission is only for guided tours. Every hour, at the :30 mark, there is a drum concert (5 minutes long) in the drum hall at the top of the (what else?) Drum Tower. Getting there is not for the faint of heart; the... More 

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New Delhi, India
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The two towers provide for an average photo shoot with little by way to offer for a stop over. You may want to avoid this visit if on a schedule

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

First thing to say: If you have any kind of cardiorespiratory disease don't go to this place! There is a humongously steep set of stairs that you have to negotiate that is impossible for anyone who is usually averse to physical exercise. But if you can get to the top it's worth it for the view and if you get... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 16, 2016

Really interesting and if you are lucky enough to be there when they are drumming, it is well worth the climb, which is steep, especially if you have short legs!

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