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“Hutong Adventures”

Bell and Drum Towers
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3-Hour Beijing Life Experience: Hutongs, Chinese Cooking Class and Tea Ceremony...
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Private Cultural Tour: Hutong Rickshaw Ride and Dumpling Making in Beijing
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Ranked #38 of 1,612 things to do in Beijing
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed November 3, 2012

Beijing is a myriad of ancient laneways which are called Hutongs. The Towers have significance but are not architectural monoliths. There are however interesting to circle in typical rickshaw rides around the neighbourhood. Most visitors will dine in a family home to be given exposure to typical Chinese fare and life. The experience is a pleasant adventure and supports the ancient and historical feeling.

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Reviewed October 30, 2012

These historic towers are side by side and feature distinctive architecture. I climbed the Bell Tower which has (very) steep stairs; the effort is worth it. There are some interesting displays up top and, of course, a nice view of the skyline.

This is a popular spot and visitors can expect crowds, at least at ground level.

Well worth a visit; I dropped by as part of an afternoon walking tour that started out by the Hou Hai lake district. We also drove by on the bike tour I took.

Thank Barry-of-Toronto
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Reviewed October 27, 2012

Both towers are nice photo opportunities from the outside. Drum Tower may be worth your effort of further exploration in spite of very steep flight of very long stairs. Inside there is a nice exhibit featuring time pieces and the history of measuring time in China. The real highlight is the grand drum performance lasting about 10 minutes. It actually cleared my husband's sinuses by powerful resonance (no kidding!). The view from the tower balcony and windows is nice but the smog decreases visibility. In the Bell Tower visit the tea house if you wish otherwise OK to skip.

Thank podrozniczka60
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Reviewed October 24, 2012

While worth it, the ascent to the top on one (1) flight of steep stairs can be physcially challenging. We did the slow and steady and had no problems, but your pulse will increase! Amazing piece of history, including the adjacent area. Only wished they still did the bell and drum towers, at least during the daytime - would be amazing to hear again.

Thank Kevin R
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Reviewed October 19, 2012

The main stairway has about a hundred stairs in a row, straight up. It's quite a climb. But the view of the surrounding neighborhood is excellent and the story of the tower is fascinating. The bell is huge. With available technology at the time, creating the bell would be a challenge in itself, however raising it to that height and suspending it from a pillar would require incredible and innovative engineering.

This is one of my favorite sites in Beijing.

Thank bradleystat
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