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Address: Nankai District, Tianjin, China
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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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Braga, Portugal
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Drum Tower is right located in the middle of ancient streets and markets. A imponent building to visit after some shopping around :)

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Thank Filipe R
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14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

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 ago, with original pictures, but the text is in chinese only. After having spent some... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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57 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016

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.

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Thank Rey G
Dhaka City, Bangladesh
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

Another good place if you want to buy Chinese souvenirs. Four roads surrounding the drum tower is full of small shops to buy traditional Chinese gifts for the friends back home.

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Thank princebaf
Singapore
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25 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

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 spend too much time there and continued to walk along the Gulou East Street. Along... More 

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Thank Alvin_83
Tianjin, China
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75 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2016

I have been to the Drum Tower before but this day was disappointing. First, when I walked up you hear this horrible pop music. I would much prefer to hear Chinese cultural music. Then, as you walk past the vendor stalls, there wasn't much to look at. Plus, there was a lot of construction going on that got in the... More 

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Thank Mike M
Kuala Lumpur
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36 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2016

I had the weekend to myself while being in Tianjin on business, so I thought why not walk and see this city. I cannot say that it's an incredible city, because of the haze, but it's not thaaat bad. So I started by 8 hours walk from this Drum Tower. It really wasn't spectacular, but it got me thinking like... More 

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Thank zcemp13
Tianjin, China
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65 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2016

The Drum Tower itself is quite interesting and imposing, particularly if you can catch it during one of the festivals when it is likely to be attractively lit and surrounded by market stalls and food stalls. Even on a 'normal' day, the surrounding streets are similar to Ancient Culture Street, offering a range of local, Tianjinese and Chinese goods, mostly... More 

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Thank DeanHackett
New Haven, Connecticut
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17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2015

smaller shops near the . the drum tower it self was closed. Sugar candy figures, fur clothing, calligraphy brushes, fruit pit jewellry can all be found in this area.

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Thank Tyler H
Tianjin Region, China
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67 reviews
26 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2015

I live very close to here and I find it a very dusty dirty area. Personally I think it is better to visit in the evening, the place really comes to life with lots of people sitting out eating. There are your usual over priced tourist stall here and some incredibly expensive furniture shops. The tower itself is nice to... More 

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