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There are some really nice galleries and antique shops here. I've purchased a variety of decor at these shops, and have never been disappointed. It does need to be better maintained. It's a short walk to nearby Old Culture Street.
Found it hard to find the Drum and Bell Towers. Some more signage would help. The towers need a bit of work to bring them back to their glory. The surrounding streets were interesting and liked seeing people playing mahjong outside.
Took a walk the Drum Tower after lunch at the Taiwan Restaurant at the South gate. Not many shops are open during the day time. Also frerezing cold and not many people. Night should be more vibrant as there are many restaurants as well.
The area around the drum tower has all been rebuilt according to ancient Chinese style, the tower can be entered for free, giving that you have taken your ID. Inside you Il see an exhibit about what the area looked like about a 100 years...More
the drum tower can be seen from afar. its impotent structure commands respect. it can be visited in 1 hour or less. you will find local food and bars next to it for a taste of the local cuisine. nothing fancy but clean and cheap.
When we were there at the Drum Tower previously, it wasn't open for visit. As such, we only walked around the tower to take pictures. Around the tower, it's like a flea market where many vendors laid their merchandise on the ground. We did not...More