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“A Main Attraction”
Review of Drum Tower (Gulou)

Drum Tower (Gulou)
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Xi'an Architectural Wonders Private Day Tour
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Private One-day City Tour of Xi'an Attractions
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Essential Xi'an Private Day Tour Including Lunch
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.
San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“A Main Attraction”
Reviewed May 12, 2013

The same applies for this tower as well. The Drum Tower and the Bell Tower are in the same vicinity so it makes it very convenient to see two main attractions simultaneously, towering over the city.

Visited March 2013
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Haarlem, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
“nice from the outside”
Reviewed May 12, 2013

There is not that much to see in the drum tower. But it looks great from the outside, especially at night when it's completely lit up with lights.

Visited April 2013
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Montreal, Canada
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“Nice place to see”
Reviewed May 11, 2013

The fact that the Drum Tower is so close to the Bell tower is good this way you can take beautiful picture of the latter. Also right next to it is the walking street which is full of life, a must see place.

Visited May 2013
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Drum show??”
Reviewed May 8, 2013

The Drum Tower is a good point for a long distance view of the Bell Tower and vice versa. As the sky of Xian is dismal with all the haze/smoke (from all the construction, I think, and it's raining mud), I was looking forward for the drum show at dusk while waiting for the lights to came on at Bell Tower. Oh well, NO show and there's not even an announcement of any cancellation. At least these two towers are lighted up pretty at night, if that's any consolation.

Visited April 2013
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“Nice place to visit”
Reviewed May 7, 2013

The Drum Tower is a nice place to visit but there isnt much to do. It gives a nice view of the City, and its beautiful at night. There is a drum performance, and you can try on traditional Tang Dynasty outfits so that was great =) Could spend a good hour here, and the Bell Tower is just opposite.

Visited September 2012
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