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Bell and Drum Towers

Di'anmen Wai Main Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100006, China
+86 10 6400 2452
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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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  • Average22%
  • Poor3%
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Di'anmen Wai Main Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100006, China
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"steep stairs"
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"great view of the city"
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We saw the towers and went on a rickshaw tour of the Hu Tong. Not sure whether you can go in. Very impressive from far

Thank Lizette A
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Make sure you watch the drum performance. Timings are on the door at the entrance. The views are fantastic on a clear day.

Thank Bernice H
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful view from both Towers. Were lucky enough to hear the drummers play and it was fantastic. Please check out the koncert times before you go - it’s worth it. Enjoy the elders playing Majong in the square or go for a walk in the...More

Thank Camilla K
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our group gathered here before going on our rickshaw tour. Our guide, who was from one of the nearby hutongs shared a brief history with us about the tours. He stressed how important the towers once were for communication to the people of the area...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Bell and Drum Towers are separate towers you must see while visiting the square. Towers were built 13 century and used for telling the time in the morning.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Built in 1272 the 2 separate towers originally represented musical instruments but later were used for telling time – in the morning, the bell. At dusk, the drum. The bell tower houses the largest and heaviest bell in China – a whopping 23’ high and...More

Thank AMsays
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Definitely needs to see those towers. Also to go and look the trum performance. Before the trums had very important role in Beijing. Every sunset the drums were sign to close the gates around Beijing and nobody could go out or come in. And in...More

Thank Maarika B
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Be sure to watch the drumperformance at one of the followingtimes; 9.30 10.30 11.30 or 13.30 14.30 15.30 16.45. The performance is about 5-10 minutes and with 4 sidedrummers and 1 lead. Its a nice show and absolutly not loud. The staircases in both towers...More

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We saw this at the end of our day and it all tied together nicely for us. Our day consisted of Tiananmen Sq, Forbidden City, Beihai and Jianshan park and then the drum and bell towers. We timed it so we saw the last drum...More

Thank Patmar2501
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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

We are on a tour and we walked by the Bell Tower but entered the Drum Tower. Be prepared to climb 69 very steep high steps to the top. We saw the drum performance which was interesting but be sure and go outside for views...More

Thank Lisa S
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luzktreter
14 December 2017|
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Response from Julia M | Reviewed this property |
Yes. But affordable.
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77sharifah
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
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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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