Drum Tower

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Deanosaur89
Edmonton, Canada2,145 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
The area is a little run down and not that busy. The drum tower is neat to see and it is close to the ancient street but otherwise not much else. We found it worked out for a walking tour of Tianjin we did on our own.

There are lots of street style food vendors and restaurants nearby but many of the shops were closed when we went in July 2021. Closest metro is Gulou station.
Written July 16, 2021
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Traveller_Oldie
Charleston, SC283 contributions
Jun 2020 • Family
One more place to see, but actually worth visiting the whole area. Some very interesting facts and history included, but not really anything so special.
Written June 7, 2020
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vipiswiss
20 contributions
Mar 2017 • Friends
The area around the drum tower has all been rebuilt according to ancient Chinese style, the tower can be entered for free, giving that you have taken your ID. Inside you Il see an exhibit about what the area looked like about a 100 years ago, with original pictures, but the text is in chinese only. After having spent some time trying to decrypt the legends of those pictures, head for the last floor, from which you I Il have a nice view all around what used to be the center of Tianjin. This place and especially the pictures were a nice surprise, giving us an insight into what Tianjin looked like, and how things have changed!
Written March 5, 2017
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edwardhummingbird
Albuquerque, NM19 contributions
Jun 2017 • Family
There are some really nice galleries and antique shops here. I've purchased a variety of decor at these shops, and have never been disappointed. It does need to be better maintained. It's a short walk to nearby Old Culture Street.
Written May 4, 2018
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Rey G
Orlando, FL71 contributions
Jun 2016 • Family
the drum tower can be seen from afar. its impotent structure commands respect. it can be visited in 1 hour or less. you will find local food and bars next to it for a taste of the local cuisine. nothing fancy but clean and cheap.
Written December 19, 2016
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AndrePisco27
Lisbon, Portugal191 contributions
Nov 2013 • Family
Like all drum tower. I didn't went out. Just look outside. The best part is that street. Very beautiful with a lot of tipical hutongs.
Written November 3, 2013
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L T C
Singapore, Singapore71 contributions
Sep 2013
Went there recently. Very interesting with many old trade art and craft. Plenty to see for all ages. Only regret not enough food outlets. Don't missed the Clay Man Zhang shop. Pretty clay figurines that require good mastership.
Written October 2, 2013
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tetelu
Cluj-Napoca, Romania350 contributions
Jul 2012 • Friends
The drum tower is the center of the old town. I heard that it is not the original building, because it was rebuilt; it takes back some of the authenticity, but you can pretend you didn't know.
There is no English written anywhere so I don't know why they did not allow me to enter until 13:30; but it gave me some time to visit the few shops around the tower.
Once you enter the tower you do not need to know what you have to do, or to see, because there is a yellow line on the floor that carries you from the entrance to the last floor. I felt like a dumb kid..
Basically in the drum tower you will fine a big bell up there. I guess you are allowed to strike the bell with that big wooden "bell striker", because it seems very used, but again there is nothing in English so I can only guess. Why hit the bell? To bring you luck, of course!
But the main attraction, for me at least, is the view you have once you get out there; so my advice is to ignore everything else at the lower level (just propaganda) and go take some pictures upstairs
Written July 7, 2012
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normakk
Brisbane, Australia308 contributions
Oct 2019
I lived in Tianjin for from 2015 to 2016 & during that time, never found the tower open but on a visit in October, 2019 was delighted to find it open to explore. It looked recently restored or upgraded as the exhibits were amazing.

None of the staff spoke English but I was shown a sign "Free with ID/passport". There is very little English text inside but the 4 floors of photos and items dating from 1800s are incredible. The photos show the original city wall, ancient streets and layout, "foreign dignitaries" from the concession times, prisoners, general life, military and a detailed insight to the history of Tianjin. I wish I had had a Chinese friend with me to translate all the text accompanying the photos and displays.

From the 3rd level, you can walk outside the tower to view the 4 sides of the historical area with skyscrapers in the distance.
Written October 18, 2019
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WH_Liang
Penang, Malaysia113 contributions
Apr 2019 • Friends
I was very excited to visit this historical place but disappointed to note that the tower is not open for entering on my day of visit. It needs maintenance and locals don't seems to appreciate the Tower (even park a bike in front of the majestic door). The building and surrounding are new and it's a pity I can't have the cultural feel that it is the heart of ancient Tianjin. The surrounding are full of antiques, souvenir and foods in traditional style hut (should be built during modern time). the only consolation is I discover the long market street of selling antiques across the road.
Nevertheless, its a historical tower in the heart of the city and I think one should still visit.
Written April 19, 2019
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