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Bell and Drum Towers

Di'anmen Wai Main Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100006, China
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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.
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  • Average23%
  • Poor3%
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Di'anmen Wai Main Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100006, China
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Reviewed yesterday

I find these towers quite repetitive, but still each one is different enough to be interesting and worth seeing.

Thank RodGarnett
Reviewed 4 days ago

If you are in Beijing it is well worth climbing the very steep stairs to see the view from the top and to enjoy a drum performance.

Thank yates_elisabeth
Reviewed 1 week ago

The two towers are quite individual and are worth the trip to see it. We went by subway then lashed out on a tuk tuk (?) to the towers. Not far but a lot of fun. Just check your time before going as at the...More

Thank Robyn R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I really enjoyed the Bell and Drum Towers. A ticket for both can be bought from The booth at the base of The Drum Tower. Steep steps have to be climbed to get to the top of both but the views from each one are...More

Thank Bozeman-Dublin
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The view from both towers is terrific. Good graphics of how the bell and the drums were made and the history pertaining to both. Drum playing Demos at the top of the drum tower also.

Thank Bigtfire
Reviewed 15 July 2017 via mobile

We went when they played the drums and it was great. The times that they will play are advertised at the entrance. The ticket price of the drum tower is 20 yuan. Both towers is 30 yuan.

Thank François V
Reviewed 12 July 2017

Any visit to Beijing should include the 2 Towers as ancient Asian Cities most often boast these edifices. They are located directly north of the Forbidden City and part of a significant Hutong area. The 2 buildings are connected by a large courtyard area and...More

Thank elekesla
Reviewed 10 July 2017

Great to visit great history but a lot of stairs but achievable without to much difficulty. Worth seeing and the view once at the top.

Thank fwilkie2016
Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

We haven't been up in any of both towers so I can't say anything about that. From the outside it looks nice, with a charming square between the two towers. Behind the bell tower (the northern part) is a square where local people play Chinese...More

Thank Sjakie S
Reviewed 7 July 2017

Having seen up close both of Beijing's Drum Tower and Bell Tower, we chose to only visit Xi'an's Bell Tower. It is well kept. Views allow for nice pictures along each of the streets. At the main level is a nice historical display, including old...More

Thank fallfan54
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21 January 2017|
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Response from Bannatynescott | Reviewed this property |
Worth seeing from outside but view great. I listened to the drums from the bottom of the stairs which you have to pay for. You can't really hear them from further. The steps are amazingly steep!
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9 June 2016|
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Response from GLLK54 | Reviewed this property |
There are a handful of western eateries, but, the signs are in Chinese and run by locals, so, you might not get ze correct taste. Personally, I wont even walk into the big M. Hope you find what you are looking for.