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Bell and Drum Towers
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4-Hour Private Layover Tour: Beijing Old Hutong
Ranked #37 of 1,616 things to do in Beijing
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Fee: Yes
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 December 26, 2012

-this landmark building, located near Station Gu-Lou at Line 2 subway, is worth the visit. Drum tower and Bell tower was 2 opposite building. lots steps to go through but it is a very good exercise. from Tian-an men or Qianmen, many local shuttle via this point, with 1RMB one way (but if with easy-link card, it will cost you 40 sen RMB.

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Reviewed December 12, 2012

The area around the towers is the real reason that I went there. The towers are cool and all but just for taking pictures.

Thank Zach M
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Reviewed December 1, 2012

After climbing the great wall's steeps and the subway steeps every day, these steeps, I did not need them, lol to see the enormous bell coasted in the Ming dynasty of 7.02 mt height, 5.5 diameter and 63 tons, it worth to climb these stif steeps to reach 57 meters high tower.

Thank Gheefrenchie
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Reviewed November 20, 2012

I saw both of the towers, but I only went up on the DRUM tower.
1st, the area around the 2 towers is beautiful and magical : old persons playing dices or card, young men playing there strange football with a little ball with feathers.
2ndly, to climb to the drum tower, the price is 20RMB and if you go there at the good time (15:30 or 16:45) you'll see an impressive and fascinating show of 6/7 minutes : like in the past, 5 men are hitting drums, in rythme, to tell the time.
3rdly, the view is pretty nice (when there is no smog) : you'll see hutongs, lakes of houhai/beihai
I recommand to go the drum tower by organizing a trip in Guloudajie, Nanluoguxiang, in the same day.

Length : 15 min
Price : 20RMB

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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.

Thank elekesla
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