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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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"muslim quarter"
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"combo ticket"
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"beautiful at night"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Like thr Bell tower this is interesting to view in daylight but really pretty when light up at night. The lights, of course, are not original.

Thank Rowland45
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped here to see the Drum Tower. It is something you see from the outside only and since it was pouring rain, we opted to see it from the bus. Others on our tour who went agreed it was an okay stop but not worth...More

Thank Alanhimmelstein
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Comparing the drum show to the bell show is great. The woman are very accomplished and give you a sense of drums and classic music.

Thank Jacqueline B
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stumbled upon this & it was okay- system to awake workers w bell tower announcing end of the day - most reproductive but interesting if in the area

Thank Karen P
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Drum Tower (Gulou) - An important piece of oriental history, beautiful walkway to enjoy your evenings.

Thank Triplyzer I
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Reviewed 4 weeks 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 17 May 2018

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 7 May 2018

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 6 May 2018

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 25 April 2018 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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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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