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Address: Di'anmen Wai Main Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100006, China
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: Yes

This two-story arched wooden structure once held 25 drums which, in...

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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I visited these on an evening thus they were lit by various lights which highlight the stunning architecture. You need to be aware that if trying to get both towers in your... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
George H
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The view from both towers makes the long journey up worth it! The stairs are rather long and very steep! I recommend staying for the drum performance, there's normally several throughout the day.

Thank Louisa R
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I visited these on an evening thus they were lit by various lights which highlight the stunning architecture. You need to be aware that if trying to get both towers in your photograph the traffic is busy around them.

Thank George H
Mount Vernon, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

It is amazing the architectural masterpieces that are in China. This was another that goes on and on. Simply amazing.

Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My 1st time visited this place...I wish I can stay longer. I stayed at Ramada Hotel very nice place ..close to all shops train ect...just about 10 wLk to Drum Tower & Bell a Tower. It was a wonderful place for me to visit.. You just gave to go n see for your self. Very clean place just a but... More 

Thank karahbui
Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Our local guide recommended us to see the drum tower and it was well worth the climb up the steep stairs. There were some exhibits and then the drum performance was excellent.

Thank Vunasalu
Groton Long Point, Connecticut
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Reviewed 1 week ago

but the bell is awesome. There is only one problem with both towers! Take your heart pills before approaching. The staircase is one LONG staircase UP with no landings. They are brutal! but a very nice walkable area...

Thank Sekjr
Kadena-cho, Japan
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Tour almost to and end and this place was wild. It was built in like 1242 and it crazy to think that it is still standing. This place is where you would here a bell around 0500 to signal the start of the day and then around 1900 you would hear the drums to signal the day was over. The... More 

Thank The-Farias
Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Many only see the towers of the day but make sure you get out at night to see the towers so colourfully alight - and walk down to the muslim markets - great

Thank OzKK
Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Some steep climbing up the top, but you will be rewarded with good views and the look of huge drums. You can hear the drums every half hour or so when 4 people perform a routine on them. There are also interesting old time-keeping exhibits. If you are there, it is worth visiting the Bell Tower as well, jus opposite.

Thank cyclingviolin
Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Be careful if you have issues with your legs- between the two towers there is about 26 flights of stairs but when you get to the top it is worth it

Thank Europe_Holiday_17

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