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Drum Tower (Gulou)

The Southern of Xi'an West Main Street Beiyuanmen,, Xi'an 710003, China
+86 173 6014 1905
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Built in 1384, this imposing tower was rebuilt after the 1949 Communist revolution.
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The Southern of Xi'an West Main Street Beiyuanmen,, Xi'an 710003, China
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"muslim quarter"
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"beautiful at night"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Overall the tower wasn’t that impressive for me, it was typical of a focal tower at a major capital city in china, the drums were interesting but not spectacular, but the view it provides of the Muslim quarters from above is pretty special especially once...More

Thank Zane Z
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It is interesting to see the drums and the tower itself. located in an interesting area to visit too.

Thank seasonedvisitor
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This famous tower is beautiful. In the evening is very well illuminated. The surroundings are full of activity all the time. Great shopping area close by.

Thank Silron
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wonderful history and well worth visiting. The authenticity of the site and the maintenance of this place is excellent. Of the large drums only one is the original while the other is a replica.

Thank Fred G
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Refer to my bell tower review. Choose either one if you are on budget. Nothing spectacular and something you can miss either one

Thank ZMA_858715
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Reviewed July 11, 2018 via mobile

There is a huge plaza in between the bell and the drum towers. The drum tower is better then the bell one. In the drum tower every 45 minutes there is a little nice show of women playing traditional music. The view looks at the...More

Thank Sam_GiTri
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Reviewed July 7, 2018

Great photo opportunities from the drum floor. You have a great view over the city. The musical performance was worth seeing. The antique furnishings on the top floor were interesting. We paid 100RMB for the combo ticket for the Drum Tower/Bell Tower, but in hindsight,...More

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Reviewed July 5, 2018

Another iconic landmark in Xi'an built around the same time as the Bell tower around 1380 AD during the Ming Dynasty. Both towers are designed in the classical Ming architecture style and compliment each other. The bell tower was sounded at dawn and the drum...More

Thank Della G
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Reviewed July 1, 2018 via mobile

Get the entrance package tickets that give you access to the bell tower too..they have performance every 45mins except during lunch break...recommended to go

Thank anieh_chan
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Reviewed July 1, 2018

In the center of the road, you could go from cross the street or under, it’s very interesting to see and know more of the Chinese history,

Thank cattloverss
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mackaydawn1994
January 31, 2017|
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Response from Daniel A | Reviewed this property |
I found my pic on Tripadvisor. The performance times are 9:10, 10:00, 11:00, 15:00, 16:00 and 17:00. Be 30 minutes early as seats are very limited.
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jtrabue
December 13, 2016|
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I thought I would follow this up... obviously I checked the various websites for this attraction and got contradictory information. That's why I was asking for clarification here. Anyway, I just got back from Xi'an and both... More
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