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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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Di'anmen Wai Main Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100006, China
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We walked through the main part of this complex on our way to the hutongs as part of the TripADeal tour. Unfortunately both towers had closed for the day so we were not able to go instead. Still nice to have seen them from the...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Charmaine S
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

You can purchase Drum and Bell Tower tickets together for ease, as the only ticket office is at the Drum Tower. The steps up to the tower are very steep and there are many signs advising no stopping on the stairs. Once at the top...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Gerbra_10
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visit both the bell and drum towers for 30Y. Both have a lot of steps and very steep. The drum tower has performances throughout the day so if you can coordinate the visit with one of the drum performances it’s better.

Date of experience: September 2019
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The views were really nice (even if blocked a bit by barriers they'd put up) and the drum performance was cool to hear. But other than that not a massive amount to see.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank cozzah99
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The steps up are VERY STEEP, and as the label at the ticket desk says 'No refunds' Some nice view from either tower Display of drums and old time devices in the Drum Tower, display boards about the Bell in the Bell Tower 6 drum...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank PipPaul W
Reviewed 13 August 2019

We had a short visit here, where we tried about 5 different teas. Setting was nice and the ancient tower interesting. The walk there was probably more enjoyable. Nothing to get too excited about.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank PSP-Adel
Reviewed 16 June 2019

Only visited the tea house but I would say don't bother. The tea tasting was ok, we tasted 5 different teas in tiny tiny cups. Then we were lead into, surprise, surprise a shop area where we were conned into buying some very expensive tea....More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Calbo44_11
Reviewed 6 June 2019

These two attractive ornate Chinese buildings are linked by a small square and are open for visitors from 0900 to 1700 and well worth visiting when in this area of Beijing. The steep steps up to the top of the Drum tower are a bit...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Mike J
Reviewed 1 June 2019

Just north of the Forbidden City and Beihai Park and readily accessible by subway the Drum and Bell Towers are well worth a visit just for what they are and, more importantly, for the views from the upper floors. Some interesting exhibits and tales of...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank stephenbrg
Reviewed 21 May 2019 via mobile

If you are in the area of the Houhai Lakes you will see both towers standing out. Quite impressive. We only went inside the drum tower (entrance adults 20 and children 10 yuan) a couple of steep stairs will bring you to the first floor...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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21 September 2019|
Response from Mike C | Reviewed this property |
Drum Performances at the Drum Tower: 09:30, 10:00, 11:30, 13:30, 14:30, 15:30, 16:45
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