We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Book In Advance
969
All photos (969)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveler Overview
  • Excellent28%
  • Very good46%
  • Average22%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“steep stairs”(47 reviews)
“worth the climb”(20 reviews)
About
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.
Suggested duration: < 1 hour
As featured in 3 Days in Beijing
Contact
Di'anmen Wai Main Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100006, China
Improve This Listing
Ways to Experience Bell and Drum Towers
from $54.99
More Info
from $70.00
More Info
from $41.33
More Info
Reviews (847)
Filter reviews
542 results
Traveler rating
165
250
112
14
1
Traveler type
Time of year
LanguageEnglish
More languages
165
250
112
14
1
Show reviews that mention
All reviews steep stairs nearby hutongs worth the climb great view of the city tea ceremony tea tasting interesting history hou hai worth a visit tea house hutong area forbidden city rickshaw ride take your time performance demonstration skyline
FilterEnglish
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 542 reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago

These are just two plain towers, with great views over the Beijing Skyline, but it is REALLY worth attending the Drums performance in the Drums Tower. It's an experience that you must really experience live.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank SpirosKphotography
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great building to view the surrounding area of the hutongs. We spent what little money it was (think 150CYN each) to visit both the Drum and Bell Tower. It was well worth the money! The views from the top were fantastic and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank tomsF5110SS
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I followed the hike through the hutongs recommended in Lonely Planet's tour book to reach here. The stairs are indeed steep (see my photos), the views of the skyline, houhai lake, Beihai park, etc are magnificent, and the experience is worth it. Time it so...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Vishnu_Pendyala
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the Bell and Drum Towers on a self tour, on our way to a Hutong meander Our hotel gave us one of those "tear off" maps, highlighting pretty much anything of interest in Beijing. This was a featured attraction. Shock! Very steep stairs!...More

Date of experience: January 2018
1  Thank reginafug
Reviewed October 30, 2018 via mobile

It’s just two towers. No idea why lonely planet think this is a top ten. There are views at the top admittedly but nothing special. It’s cheap to visit so if you’re passing, go up. Otherwise don’t bother.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank pacmybags
Reviewed October 28, 2018 via mobile

There are 69 steep steps up to the drum tower. It's just about worth it but nothing special . The view is good and there are lots of drums to see.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank G07
Reviewed October 17, 2018 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

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank ST23
Reviewed October 17, 2018 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.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank TAMAN1951
Reviewed October 13, 2018

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

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank CorvettePete
Reviewed October 3, 2018

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.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Wilyfox68
View more reviews
Nearby
Nearby HotelsSee all 6,721 nearby hotels
Profit Hotel
68 reviews
.11 miles away
Gulouqiao Hotel
6 reviews
.16 miles away
Lemeng Hotel
9 reviews
.17 miles away
Dujiawu Fashion Hotel
4 reviews
.21 miles away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 13,066 nearby restaurants
4Corners
43 reviews
.13 miles away
Le little Saigon
89 reviews
.12 miles away
Hani Gejiu Restaurant
39 reviews
.05 miles away
Yaoji Chaogan Restaurant (Gulou)
48 reviews
.08 miles away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 2,326 nearby attractions
Yandai Xie Street
182 reviews
.18 miles away
Shicha Lake Park
66 reviews
.17 miles away
Yinding Bridge
47 reviews
.22 miles away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
luzktreter
December 13, 2017|
AnswerShow all 5 answers
Response from ipswichjimlee | Reviewed this property |
Hi, I think there is an entrance fee, I could not say how much as we were on a guided tour where the entrance fees were paid by the guide who was taking us around Beijing. I would not expect the fee to be too much probably... More
1
Vote
77sharifah
September 28, 2017|
AnswerShow all 6 answers
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
3
Votes
bellaroda
January 21, 2017|
AnswerShow all 12 answers
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!
0
Votes
Travel Forum Posts
SEATOWN29
Seattle, Washington
7 day Beijing Itinerary - Input? (3 Replies)
Hello, I'd love some community input on this itinerary, for the first week in April. Don't know much Mandarin, but pretty resourceful and adventurous traveler, using public transportation, willing to splurge once or twice per trip, and don't mind getting lost. The main questions I keep having revolve around the scale of China and how long it'll take to navigate/experience some of these sites. Thanks very much for any suggestions or thoughts. Sunday pm arrival - Subway into...More
March 29, 2016|
Response fromHoben01|
Well i suggest a smartphone i used to use google maps to find my way via public transportation but seems only vpn users have access
David Y
London, United Kingdom
Xi'an with Michael Yang as an excellent guide (13 Replies)
A fascinating city in its own right apart from the obvious initial reason to visit to see the Terracotta Warriors. Michael Yang met us at the airport, showed us the City Walls by night and the following day gave us an amazing tour. The Terracotta Army, the City Walls where he encouraged us to hire bikes, the Moslem Quarter, the Bell and Drum Towers we saw them all. Michael kept us informed in excellent English, told us interesting stories, found us a real 'local' restaurant for our lunch and...More
October 02, 2014|
Response fromFotherby|
How do I contact Michael Yang please?
jkersey
Arkansas
Is a guide really necessary? (7 Replies)
I will be in Xian for 2 days in October. We want to see the Terracotta Warriors, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, the Fountain Light Show, the Bell and Drum Towers and we want to Bike around the City Walls. We do not speak Mandarin, but think we can do this on our own. Should we use a guide? I want to get the most out of this short stay in Xian and are happy to use a guide if we need to, but do not want to hire a guide if it isn't necessary. Help! Thanks...
May 10, 2007|
Response fromjkersey|
I'm a little nervous about communication problems if we do not hire a guide! That is the main reason we would hire someone. Do we need a guide?