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Drum Tower (Gulou)

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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 via mobile

The Drum Tower of Xi’An houses the world’s largest drum as recorded in the Guinness books. Views of the city center from up above are a sight to behold. The streets surrounding the tower are very lively too. I suggest going in the evening before...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank heydeets
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After visiting the nearby located Bell Tower, the Drum tower was a little less impressive. The location is closer to other buildings, which makes it stand out less. The view is also not as good as on the Bell tower. Side note: I was also...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank zaheer12a
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Right next to the Muslim Quarter, the Drum and Bell towers are a must when in Xi'an. I only wish the English translations of the history were checked over by someone with a mastery of the English language. Really sad how grammatically incorrect a lot...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank LadureeFan
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Another landmark in Xi'an, walking distance from Bell Tower. It is beautiful at night when it lights up. It is right next to the street food alley. You can buy the admission & visit the museum inside.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank ILoveFoodComa
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Drum Tower ( and the close by Bell Tower) is located in the center of the city and is a truly awesome and historical building that you should make time to see,

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank RickFLL
Reviewed 5 February 2019 via mobile

Walked past the drip tower every day as it was on the path to our accommodation. Drum tower is a must see at night. It looks fantastic all lit up. Colours blow your mind.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank 815lukeh
Reviewed 30 January 2019

I have an issue with heights so I sat ( literally) this one out. My husband went to the top ( quite high and narrow) and enjoyed the tower.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank 238,855
Reviewed 21 January 2019

Get a combined ticket with the Bell Tower, and experience both! Beautiful painted wooden interior, and an interesting exhibition of drums through the ages and regular concerts of drums and other percussion instruments, which will give you an insight into Chinese music.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Megonthemove
Reviewed 20 January 2019

Overall it is more of a shorter visit and an add on, versus a specific destination point. Meaning this should not be a place to schedule your day around, but depending on how much time you have for your city visit you could/should add this...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Luvtravel100
Reviewed 16 January 2019

There are many beautiful views from the tower. Otherwise the tower has some interesting history on display. They also have live performances in the tower to set the mood.

Date of experience: October 2018
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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