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Drum Tower (Gulou)

The Southern of Xi'an West Main Street Beiyuanmen,, Xi'an 710003, China
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Built in 1384, this imposing tower was rebuilt after the 1949 Communist revolution.
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The Southern of Xi'an West Main Street Beiyuanmen,, Xi'an 710003, China
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The Drum Tower is another symbol of ancient Xian. A huge drum was housed in the tower. According to the Guinness Book of World Records it is the largest in the world. Other drums can also be seen. The enormous drum was used to mark...More

Thank Judi L
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This tower can be visited at the same time as Bell Tower and combo ticket can be purchased for 50RMB. Count only 30 minutes to visit it as it's relatively small.

Thank marellemahy
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An interesting place to do with the Bell Tower and on the way to a visit to the Moslem Quarters. Close to subways.

Thank Jannnab
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This has many different types and sizes of drums. There is a show a few times each day. Check the schedule. The largest drum in the world according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

Thank Dr_D5706
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited after a big day walking so probably didn’t enjoy this place as much as we could - we were starving! The building and interior is beautiful and the view of the surrounds as the sun was setting was really pretty. We just missed...More

Thank Anita H
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The drum tower is near the Muslim quarter and the drums playing ever 1.5 hours or so reminds me of the movie, the Great Wall.

Thank elindoo
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I’ve been to both the Drum Tower and the Bell Tower and this was my 3rd visit to each place. If you visit one, you must visit the other as they are in such close proximity. You also get a discount if you purchase both...More

Thank Daniel A
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We enjoyed our visit. Very central and small walk to bell tower from here. Music and drum playing performance about every 1.5 hours for 10 mins worth fitting into your schedule. Tube and bus services right beside both attractions.

Thank cottagejams
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Reviewed 18 April 2018

Nothing much to see except the rows of the red drum.Tourists can also enjoy the musical performance in side the tower. But night view of this tower is fantastic.

Thank Poheulin E
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Reviewed 11 April 2018 via mobile

Timed it just right for the performance which was less drumming but more traditional instruments. Brief 15 minute performance by half a dozen ladies in costume. Wandered about the tower looking at drum collection. Nice views towards bell tower but bit hazy for perfect view

Thank alan2303
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mackaydawn1994
31 January 2017|
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Response from Daniel A | Reviewed this property |
I found my pic on Tripadvisor. The performance times are 9:10, 10:00, 11:00, 15:00, 16:00 and 17:00. Be 30 minutes early as seats are very limited.
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jtrabue
13 December 2016|
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I thought I would follow this up... obviously I checked the various websites for this attraction and got contradictory information. That's why I was asking for clarification here. Anyway, I just got back from Xi'an and both... More
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