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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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All reviews steep stairs nearby hutongs worth the climb great view of the city tea ceremony tea tasting interesting history hou hai worth a visit tea house hutong area rickshaw ride forbidden city performance demonstration skyline instruments
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited the Bell and Drum Towers on a self tour, on our way to a Hutong meander Our hotel gave us one of those "tear off" maps, highlighting pretty much anything of interest in Beijing. This was a featured attraction. Shock! Very steep stairs!...More

1  Thank reginafug
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It’s just two towers. No idea why lonely planet think this is a top ten. There are views at the top admittedly but nothing special. It’s cheap to visit so if you’re passing, go up. Otherwise don’t bother.

Thank pacmybags
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

There are 69 steep steps up to the drum tower. It's just about worth it but nothing special . The view is good and there are lots of drums to see.

Thank G07
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited the Bell and Drum Towers and while interested in the history, we were entranced with the tea drinking ceremony offered in the bell tower. A bit touristy but very interesting and educational. Adjacent tea shop provides opportunities to purchase the teas that are sampled....More

Thank ST23
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Bell tower wakes you up. Drum tower sends to to bed. Very cool structure worth looking at. Not s must see or even a destination location.

Thank TAMAN1951
Reviewed October 13, 2018

The impressive structures were used as time keepers. They are located near the Forbidden City and, for us, were the end point for our hutong rickshaw ride. They are at either end of an attractive square where locals were playing various board games. An interesting...More

1  Thank CorvettePete
Reviewed October 3, 2018

Great to hear the drum beat during the day marking out the time. We visited the Bell Tower for the tea ceremony and highly recommended, our hostess spoke excellent English and was witty and engaging.

Thank Wilyfox68
Reviewed October 3, 2018 via mobile

Interesting place, we were there during the time they played the drums and it’s quite fascinating. The drums are impressive and there are a lot of them. The structure of the tower is interesting in itself. Quite a few steps to reach the top ;)

Thank Lallaontrip
Reviewed September 30, 2018

We visited the Bell Tower only on our way to Hutong. While the stairs are steep in the Bell Tower, the view from the top is worth going up for. The wood carvings also tell a story of how the bell tower was made. As...More

2  Thank CantBeBothered18
Reviewed September 29, 2018 via mobile

Lots of stairs, but not as much as the Summer palace. When I visited, I got to see a drum performance (posted in picture the times). Not many tourists when I came, about 30 RMB to go up to both towers. There is a nice...More

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December 13, 2017|
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Response from ipswichjimlee | Reviewed this property |
Hi, I think there is an entrance fee, I could not say how much as we were on a guided tour where the entrance fees were paid by the guide who was taking us around Beijing. I would not expect the fee to be too much probably... More
September 28, 2017|
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Response from yasmina884 | Reviewed this property |
The times of the performances are 09:30, 10:00, 11:30, 13:30, 14:30, 15:30, 16:45 Prepare yourself on a lot of steep steps to get there. The view from the top is beautiful. Across the Drum Tower is Bell tower, you can visit... More
January 21, 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!