Drum Tower

The Drum Tower
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The Drum Tower of Xi'an (西安鼓楼), located in the heart of Xi'an in Shaanxi province of China, along with the Bell Tower is a symbol of the city. Erected in 1380 during the early Ming Dynasty, it stands towering above the city center and offers incredible view of Xi'an.

The Drum Tower got its name from the huge drum located within the building. In contrast to the Bell Tower, where bell was stricken at dawn, drum was beat at sunset to indicate the end of the day.

Inside the Drum Tower there is also a drum museum, where a variety of drums are on display, some of which can be dated back thousands of years. There is a drum show performed here every day. The top of the tower commands a panoramic view of the city.


Price: Moderate
Hours of Operation:

8:30 - 21:30 (Apr. 1 - Oct. 25); 8:30 - 18:00 (Oct.26 - the next Mar. 31)

Listing Type: Activities - Sightseeing


Large Drums From Afar Line of Drums From the Side At Night

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Location Information:

Address: 28 West Yangshi
Area/City Name: Xi'an
District/State: Shaanxi
Country: China


You can take bus 4, 7, 15, 32, 201, 205, 221, 222, 251, 252, 302, 612, K618, Airport Shuttle Bus No.1...and get off at Bell Tower Stop. Then walk around 200 meters(0.12 mile) toward west.

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User Comments:


Very interesting history behind the drums. They had several huge ones, bigger than a person!

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