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Bell and Drum Towers, Beijing

#13 of 209 in Historic Sites in Beijing
Monument · Observation Deck
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 »
  • The tower itself is pretty cool, seemingly plunked down right in the middle of a regular neighborhood it is probably missed by most tourists. But I would recommend trying to come and pay a visit if only to watch the locals hang out in the square out front of the tower. Really cool activities including a foot game using a shuttlecock... one tiny lady was so good at it I watched her for several minutes in awe.
  • 2019 information. There are buildings in two places, and two entry tickets are 30 yuan. If it is only one place it is cheaper than that. There are live drums of taiko a few times a day. (About 5 minutes). In the building, I think that only one place is enough because we only see the scenery.

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