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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.
Suggested duration: < 1 hour
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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 tea ceremony tea tasting interesting history hou hai worth a visit tea house hutong area forbidden city rickshaw ride take your time performance demonstration skyline instruments
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Reviewed 1 week ago

These are just two plain towers, with great views over the Beijing Skyline, but it is REALLY worth attending the Drums performance in the Drums Tower. It's an experience that you must really experience live.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank SpirosKphotography
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great building to view the surrounding area of the hutongs. We spent what little money it was (think 150CYN each) to visit both the Drum and Bell Tower. It was well worth the money! The views from the top were fantastic and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank tomsF5110SS
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I followed the hike through the hutongs recommended in Lonely Planet's tour book to reach here. The stairs are indeed steep (see my photos), the views of the skyline, houhai lake, Beihai park, etc are magnificent, and the experience is worth it. Time it so...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Vishnu_Pendyala
Reviewed 10 November 2018 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

Date of experience: January 2018
1  Thank reginafug
Reviewed 30 October 2018 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.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank pacmybags
Reviewed 28 October 2018 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.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank G07
Reviewed 17 October 2018 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

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank ST23
Reviewed 17 October 2018 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.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank TAMAN1951
Reviewed 14 October 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

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 4 October 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.

Date of experience: September 2018
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14 December 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
28 September 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
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!