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Drum Tower (Gulou)

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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
+86 173 6014 1905
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All reviews muslim quarter combo ticket beautiful at night worth a visit lit up ming dynasty ancient times on display chinese history old city performance bell concert quarters architecture instruments exhibition
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Reviewed 3 days ago

There are many beautiful views from the tower. Otherwise the tower has some interesting history on display. They also have live performances in the tower to set the mood.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank burkongla
Reviewed 1 week ago

Drum Tower is at the Muslim Quarter, there are many things to buy and prices are cheap, food is mostly Muslim local food, which is not bad. A MUST-Go site.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Dinis C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Similar to the bell tower, but includes a top floor exhibit of antique furnaiture that was quite interesting - particularly as the palaces don't have any. Convenient and no line. Good views

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank bbush927
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Sitting near by another attraction- Bell 🔔 Tower. Drum 🥁 tower is but similar but with different historical function. You can buy ticket 🎫 and see museum inside or join guided tour inside. Sometimes I have feeling the pictures looks better than reality at least...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Soko37
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Many historical drums are here and they have an exhibitions at different times of the day. Other than looking at large drums that you cannot touch, there is not much to see.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank ljperry3516
Reviewed 15 December 2018 via mobile

This an old drum tower during the old time where the start of the day need to hit the drum and hit the bell on the other side of the tower tells you the end of the day! You would see a big drum built...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank agoh69
Reviewed 5 December 2018 via mobile

My mum and i loved both the Bell Tower and the Drum Tower. The Drum Tower is better as you can walk up the second floor and get a good view and I loved the drums I found it very interesting. Then when you finish...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Kylie W
Reviewed 19 November 2018 via mobile

Just a few blocks from the bell tower is the drum tower. You can view the large drums in the tower to alert the city in the old days. Views are good from above and the tower is lit up at night. Minor cost to...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank seniorbudget
Reviewed 8 November 2018 via mobile

A tower that has good views of the city and a few drums around the outside and inside of the tower,quick to visit

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Flitz8
Reviewed 4 November 2018

It's a large, spectacular tower located next to the Muslim Quarter. Well worth an evening visit when it is lit up, and its beauty enhanced. Best photos are from an oblique angle, as trees block the view of the immediate front and back of the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Paul S
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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.
13 December 2016|
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Response from jtrabue |
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