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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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Di'anmen Wai Main Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100006, China
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Reviewed yesterday

These two towers provided a means for timekeeping in the historic period. They were first built on the north-south axis of historic Beijing in 1420 AD, and have seen some modifications over the years. There's a very steep climb up the inside of both, but...More

Thank Rick M
Reviewed 4 days ago

There is a very steep set of steps leading to the Drum towerbut when you get there, there is a good view South to JINGSHAN PARK. There are a number of large drums up there and a small exhibition on timekeeping. On the half-hour, the...More

Thank Nigel G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Steep stairs with large tread to climb both towers. They were interesting. A good place to sit in shade and relax while waiting for the drums to play.

Thank Tania H
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were delivered to the area via bicycle rickshaw. The 2 Towers are very impressive even with not hearing them. Didn't go inside.

Thank Joe S
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Bell and Drum Towers is yet another amazing place to visit while in Beijing. There are two separate buildings at either end of the square. There are regular drum shows during the day in the top of the Drum Tower...Fantastic exhibition of drumming, just...More

Thank Owen H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We headed here because it was near our hotel and it was surprisingly good! It is a lesser known Beijing landmark but offers great views of the city. Try to catch the drums being played in the drum tower. There is a steep climb up...More

Thank Maria B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The view from the Bell Tower makes it worth the trip up the stairs. The drums are typical of Chinese drums and since we missed the playing of them (done twice a day I think), it kind of lost some of it's meaning being in...More

Thank markelshout
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Thank RodGarnett
Reviewed 19 August 2017

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 12 August 2017

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
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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!
Sam C
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.