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Address: The Southern of Xi'an West Main Street Beiyuanmen,, Xi'an 710003, China
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Built in 1384, this imposing tower was rebuilt after the 1949 Communist...

Built in 1384, this imposing tower was rebuilt after the 1949 Communist revolution.

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Good place to walk round. Worth the trip

We were in the city, working through our list of places to see. This was on our map and was fun to read about the different drums. (Travelled in Oct 2012, Yes, I am lazy at doing... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Xi'an, China
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We were in the city, working through our list of places to see. This was on our map and was fun to read about the different drums. (Travelled in Oct 2012, Yes, I am lazy at doing reviews, but you nagged me.)

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Bell tower and drum tower are roughly a 200 meters away. Both gives a spectacular view in the evening. My favourite place to visit. If you have just one day in Xian. Then go to the terracotta warriors in the morning. And in the evening go to bell tower/drum tower/ Muslim Food street.

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Durban
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Another must-see place if you are into local culture and architecture! We saw a short musical show as well which I found very interesting, especially the drums and other musical instruments they play

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Interesting history and architecture, plus great views. They have performances on traditional Chinese instruments which is well worth seeing too. There's a small shop inside, too. Make sure you look up, there are details everywhere.

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Corona, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Good place to learn ancient Chinese history, cultural and architecture. There is a lot of shops and restaurant near by. A good place to visit before the end of day.

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Coral Gables, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A place to go and visit when walking around the Muslim quarter. It is a gorgeous place at night. Light up is a dream! Goregeous pictures ! Easy to get there! Right in the middle of the city.

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Bangalore, Karnataka, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is situated at the centre of xian old city. Very well lit and maintained at night. Take photographs across the street.

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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You can get much closer to the Drum Tower than the Bell Tower. Best to grap some local snacks or Lamb kabab at the Muslim street after visiting.

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Burpengary, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was worth the visit. Don't bother with the Bell Tower though, as it was very disappointing after seeing the Drums.

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The Drum Tower looks very beautiful in the night time as it was lightening well. Not worthy the money to climb up, look it from distance is much better.

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