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Drum Tower (Gulou)

The Southern of Xi'an West Main Street Beiyuanmen,, Xi'an 710003, China
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Built in 1384, this imposing tower was rebuilt after the 1949 Communist revolution.
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The Southern of Xi'an West Main Street Beiyuanmen,, Xi'an 710003, China
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Reviewed 3 days ago

To be truthful I cant remember the high lite of this place from our Guides explanation of the drum tower other than its purpose was to advise of the time of day to the people, it worked in conjunction to the Bell tower which was...More

Thank cliffstephens
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It is recommended to buy a combo ticket for Bell Tower and Drum Tower. Very interesting landmark in the middle of city. Love the view and its feels to sit back and relax on drum tower square. We went down to explore some interesting shops...More

Thank Yanny C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The view from the drum tower is good. There is a nice display of drums and the performance is good. It is a little work to walk up the stairs but the experience is worth it.

Thank KLFabbi
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Both neighboring towers are competing since their construction: one giving the time during the day, and the other during the night! If you come for the view, then choose the Drum tower located at the entrance of the ancient Muslim Quarter. If you have time,...More

Thank Vicente8
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Built in the same style as the bell tower this building houses many drums which were used in olden time for ceremonial purposes. There are daily music performances. Try to arrive to see them play traditional Chinese instruments.

Thank Patty6-13
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

If you visit Drum Tower, dont forget that you can buy a combo ticket that also is available for the Bell Tower, it will save you some money. Drum tower is beautiful and has occasional some shows or performances. Can also climb the tower and...More

Thank Mattias S
Reviewed 15 June 2017 via mobile

Very impressive when its lighted at night. If you are coming here take note of the performance timing , enjoying though its only a 10 minutes musical play.

Thank likkian
Reviewed 12 June 2017 via mobile

The Drum & Bell Tower are just 100 metres apart and are a good historical site. Apart from these towers, one can do lots of shopping in the nearby Mall & the Muslim Bazar. It's a busy area but a visit to the place is...More

Thank rjsh123
Reviewed 11 June 2017 via mobile

Looked around this Tower with my husband. Quite a few stairs to climb, quite a few drums to see & lots of Chinese furniture. Lovely views looking over the town. We The I Best part was watching the actors (dressed in soldiers uniforms) rehearsing for...More

1  Thank Carol U
Reviewed 7 June 2017

Save money by buying a combined ticket for the bell tower. Close to muslim street. Lots of things happening around it at night.

1  Thank souchyfamily
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31 January 2017|
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Response from Daniel A | Reviewed this property |
I found my pic on Tripadvisor. The performance times are 9:10, 10:00, 11:00, 15:00, 16:00 and 17:00. Be 30 minutes early as seats are very limited.
13 December 2016|
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Response from jtrabue |
I thought I would follow this up... obviously I checked the various websites for this attraction and got contradictory information. That's why I was asking for clarification here. Anyway, I just got back from Xi'an and both... More