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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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Di'anmen Wai Main Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100006, China
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All reviews steep stairs nearby hutongs worth the climb great view of the city tea ceremony quick visit tea tasting interesting history hou hai worth a visit hutong tour tea house hutong area forbidden city rickshaw ride performance demonstration
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Visited the Bell and Drum Towers and while interested in the history, we were entranced with the tea drinking ceremony offered in the bell tower. A bit touristy but very interesting and educational. Adjacent tea shop provides opportunities to purchase the teas that are sampled....More

Thank ST23
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Bell tower wakes you up. Drum tower sends to to bed. Very cool structure worth looking at. Not s must see or even a destination location.

Thank TAMAN1951
Reviewed 6 days ago

The impressive structures were used as time keepers. They are located near the Forbidden City and, for us, were the end point for our hutong rickshaw ride. They are at either end of an attractive square where locals were playing various board games. An interesting...More

1  Thank CorvettePete
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great to hear the drum beat during the day marking out the time. We visited the Bell Tower for the tea ceremony and highly recommended, our hostess spoke excellent English and was witty and engaging.

Thank Wilyfox68
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Interesting place, we were there during the time they played the drums and it’s quite fascinating. The drums are impressive and there are a lot of them. The structure of the tower is interesting in itself. Quite a few steps to reach the top ;)

Thank Lallaontrip
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited the Bell Tower only on our way to Hutong. While the stairs are steep in the Bell Tower, the view from the top is worth going up for. The wood carvings also tell a story of how the bell tower was made. As...More

1  Thank CantBeBothered18
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lots of stairs, but not as much as the Summer palace. When I visited, I got to see a drum performance (posted in picture the times). Not many tourists when I came, about 30 RMB to go up to both towers. There is a nice...More

Thank Nicole L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Unfortunately only got to climb the drum tower. It was ok. I guess if I came during a performance would have been better, unfortunately my guide didn’t time it well. The drums are beautiful. Wouldn’t come here especially for towers,.

Thank Lions300
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Having visited the drum and bell towers in Xi’an the Beijing ones are as good. The only difference is the stairs. They are very steep so comfortable shoes is a must. We managed to see the drum show which was an added bonus.

Thank Meagan S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We arrived at the drum tower in time for one of the drum shows which was cool. There are nice views of Beijing from both the drum and bell towers. The bell tower has a nice view of the more colorful drum tower. Be aware...More

Thank Melinda O
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December 13, 2017|
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Response from Julia M | Reviewed this property |
Yes. But affordable.
September 28, 2017|
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Response from yasmina884 | Reviewed this property |
The times of the performances are 09:30, 10:00, 11:30, 13:30, 14:30, 15:30, 16:45 Prepare yourself on a lot of steep steps to get there. The view from the top is beautiful. Across the Drum Tower is Bell tower, you can visit... More
January 21, 2017|
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Response from Bannatynescott | Reviewed this property |
Worth seeing from outside but view great. I listened to the drums from the bottom of the stairs which you have to pay for. You can't really hear them from further. The steps are amazingly steep!