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Bell and Drum Towers, Beijing

#15 of 209 in Historic Sites in Beijing
Observation Deck · Monument
Admire Beijing’s Bell and Drum Towers, two towers that were used to tell time in ancient China, and landmarks of the city. The drum tower dates back to the 13th century and the rule of Kublai Khan, while the bell tower was probably built a century later. Restored many times over the years, the towers were opened to the public in the 1980’s. Climb one of the historic structures, the taller of which is the drum tower at 47 m (154 ft), for a rewarding view of the city center and to see the surviving drum and bronze bell. Using our online itinerary creator, Beijing attractions like Bell and Drum Towers can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • The Beijing drum tower is typical of many found all over China. This one has a set of very steep steps leading up to the actual drum chamber. At the top you can walk around the outside walkway to get....  more »
  • Enjoyed our visit here on our last day in Beijing. Had an early evening flight back to the States so had enough time to visit in the morning. We literally stumbled upon these two structures after.....  more »

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