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Drum Tower (Gulou)

The Southern of Xi'an West Main Street Beiyuanmen,, Xi'an 710003, China
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Built in 1384, this imposing tower was rebuilt after the 1949 Communist revolution.
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The Southern of Xi'an West Main Street Beiyuanmen,, Xi'an 710003, China
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Reviewed yesterday

With all the reds and yellows of the lights this was a great photo op. Never made it when it was open to see but from the outside it was beautiful

Thank AllanH328
Reviewed 3 days ago

For the history, drop by and view where the drum rolls to signify end of day during the 14th century.

Thank Seeseej
Reviewed 4 days ago

Take a walk through the city to the gate. See the drum tower then continue along the moat to the next gate. Safe walk and very pleasant.

Thank Jeff P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very impressive tour, a pitty it was so hard to find out the timetables for hearing the drums. Very nice illuminated to.

Thank Anca M
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a great tower to visit. If you stick around, they actually do a drum performance that's really nice. You can purchase a combo ticket for the Bell tower and Drum tower that's a good deal.

Thank Puritee1
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the tower area several times. Later in the day seems less crowded and we spent time just looking at the drums and the various displays. Plenty of photo opportunities.

Thank Shaz1000
Reviewed 1 week ago

Here you'll see 24 drums representing 24 solar terms and one other big drum listed on Guiness record.

Thank JeannieBT
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This tower has concerts throughout the day on the bottom floor but if you don't have time to wait, the rest of the tower provides some interesting musical exhibits and upstairs some furniture exhibition from the Qing dynasty. No need to spend much time here....More

Thank markelshout
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Combine this with a visit to the Bell Tower - after all, they're only steps apart. But go at night, when they're both lit up. Lots of other tourist-friendly attractions nearby as well.

Thank drb8053
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The central part of old Xi'an is very impressive and so is also the drum tower. A must when in Xi'an!

Thank pilot1953
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31 January 2017|
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Response from Daniel A | Reviewed this property |
I found my pic on Tripadvisor. The performance times are 9:10, 10:00, 11:00, 15:00, 16:00 and 17:00. Be 30 minutes early as seats are very limited.
13 December 2016|
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Response from jtrabue |
I thought I would follow this up... obviously I checked the various websites for this attraction and got contradictory information. That's why I was asking for clarification here. Anyway, I just got back from Xi'an and both... More