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Drum Tower of Xi'an

3,006 Reviews
Historical Site
Liked by 46
Open Open from 12/24-2/11,8:30am-6:00pm;Open from 2/12-10/10,8:30am-9:30pm
Recommended Sightseeing Time: 1 hour
Address: No. 74, North Courtyard, Lianhu District, Xi'an City
Phone: 029-87278797

What people are saying:

This place is super cool! discount for students (combo with bell tower for 50 RMB). they organize periodical performance of 3 songs. if when you go there you missed it, just wait max 30 mins! They use some instruments, which could remind us of a violin and of a guitare but they are different.

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  • ThaiCookingRocks
    Binghamton, New York, USA

    More to see than at the Bell Tower

    There is much more to see here than there is at the Bell Tower, but its worth doing them both as it helps you imagine being part of Xi'an as a time when drums and bells helped dictate the life of the ...

    Reviewed on /Date(1609007403000+0800)/
  • 955luisc
    Changchun, China

    Good to walk inside.

    We went inside as we had some spared time. There are many drums and you can see the Muslim Quarter from above. Also, there's a musical show schedule at different times. That was a really nice surprise...

    Reviewed on /Date(1609005725000+0800)/
  • 152maximb

    Great site.

    Saw this together with the Bell Tower on a combined ticket. Small and easy to see site. Although, Xian's hazy air didn't make for good observations from the upper levels of the Tower.

    Reviewed on /Date(1608919757000+0800)/
  • deanosaur89

    Nice Tower in the City Walls

    You won't have to go far out of your way to see this tower as being in the ancient city walls is a must do in Xi'an. This is close to the Bell Tower but isn't too exciting. I've been reading that they...

    Reviewed on /Date(1596204845000+0800)/
  • 246StephenC

    Milestone in downtown Xi'an

    The Drum Tower is located in downtown Xi’an. The place is well maintained so it is quite hard to believe that the place dates back to more than 600 years ago. Entry for adults is at 30 RMB. Featured...

    Reviewed on /Date(1593746438000+0800)/

Additional Information


The Drum Tower in downtown Xi'an was built in the 13th year of Hongwu in the Ming Dynasty. It is over 600 years old. In ancient times, it was a time-keeping device. It is now one of the landmarks of the ancient city. On the south side of the Drum Tower, there is a plaque that says: "The Rich Land of Culture and Military". This plaque, together with the "The First Gate of the World" plaque in Shanhaiguan, are known as the "twin plaques of China". If you climb the Drum Tower, you can see a 1.8-meter-high drum. There are also 24 red drums engraved with 24 solar terms. They are very robust and impressive. To the north of the Drum Tower is theMuslim Quarter, which is a paradise for food enthusiasts.
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