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“Check it out if you have time, but don't sacrifice anything else for it”
Review of Drum Tower (Gulou)

Drum Tower (Gulou)
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Xi'an Architectural Wonders Private Day Tour
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Ranked #11 of 335 things to do in Xi'an
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Owner description: Built in 1384, this imposing tower was rebuilt after the 1949 Communist revolution.
Kuala Lumpur
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Check it out if you have time, but don't sacrifice anything else for it”
Reviewed November 8, 2012

The Drum Tower is a wonderful restoration. With great views of the Bell Tower, and live drum shows several times a day, it is well worth a look. Sadly, the rest of the city doesn't do the balconies justice, as there isn't that much to look at, but if you have an hour or two to spare, it's well worth it.

Visited October 2012
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Impressive drum performance!”
Reviewed August 16, 2012

Situated in the Muslim district of Xi'An, surrounded by amazing market streets. The view from the balcony is brilliant, overlooking the swooping rooftops of Xi'An, the bell tower can also be seen; if you only have time to visit one of the two then the drum tower is the better option as it is bigger, more accessible and has a fantastic drum performance. The artefacts in the tower are very interesting but the gift shop is very overpriced - buy your souvenirs in the surrounding markets where you can haggle. Worth a visit.

Visited July 2012
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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Nice historic place!”
Reviewed July 25, 2012

I loved Xian for having many of its old places still intact especially within the wall. The bell tower and the drum tower are obviously a big part of that. It was fun seeing all the different drums. I particularly liked the stroll through the market right next to it and the view from the top. It is well worth the visit especially if you buy the double ticket with the bell tower. Starbucks is close by between the bell tower and the drum tower!

Visited July 2012
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Xi'an, China
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“muslim street”
Reviewed July 14, 2012

i like tht food street most being a msulim i can anaything there.. n loved it...

Visited May 2012
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“great area”
Reviewed July 4, 2012

the both towers are in the muslim quarter area. So great to be there an stroll around for hours and hours

Visited October 2011
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