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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.
  • Excellent29%
  • Very good44%
  • Average23%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“two towers” (37 reviews)
“steep stairs” (39 reviews)
Suggested Duration: < 1 hour
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Di'anmen Wai Main Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100006, China
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Reviewed yesterday

The view from both towers is terrific. Good graphics of how the bell and the drums were made and the history pertaining to both. Drum playing Demos at the top of the drum tower also.

Thank Bigtfire
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went when they played the drums and it was great. The times that they will play are advertised at the entrance. The ticket price of the drum tower is 20 yuan. Both towers is 30 yuan.

Thank François V
Reviewed 1 week ago

Any visit to Beijing should include the 2 Towers as ancient Asian Cities most often boast these edifices. They are located directly north of the Forbidden City and part of a significant Hutong area. The 2 buildings are connected by a large courtyard area and...More

Thank elekesla
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great to visit great history but a lot of stairs but achievable without to much difficulty. Worth seeing and the view once at the top.

Thank fwilkie2016
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We haven't been up in any of both towers so I can't say anything about that. From the outside it looks nice, with a charming square between the two towers. Behind the bell tower (the northern part) is a square where local people play Chinese...More

Thank Sjakie S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Having seen up close both of Beijing's Drum Tower and Bell Tower, we chose to only visit Xi'an's Bell Tower. It is well kept. Views allow for nice pictures along each of the streets. At the main level is a nice historical display, including old...More

Thank fallfan54
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After all of the amazing sites this wasn't our favorite but if you are in the area it deserves a stop in front of for sure!

Thank LHESNYC
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Loved the history and the ambiance surrounding these two towers. It's a steep climb up each, but well worth it. The drumming is interesting, and the views are incredible. In the park between the two towers, families play together, dance, and enjoy the evenings.

Thank Jenni L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our guide, Lily, of China Odyssey tours explained about these towers. She knows so much and explains well, making it interesting

Thank CinBtown
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped by on our trip in China. We only wish we had more time in this area to climb to the top ot the towers which are across from each other.

Thank MAK0404
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bellaroda
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!
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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.
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