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“Pleasant Surprise”
Review of Drum Tower (Gulou)

Drum Tower (Gulou)
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Xi'an Architectural Wonders Private Day Tour
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Ranked #11 of 336 things to do in Xi'an
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Owner description: Built in 1384, this imposing tower was rebuilt after the 1949 Communist revolution.
Reviewed 27 May 2014

The Drum Tower proved to be quite a pleasant surprise on our visit to Xi'an. We attended the 3 pm Drum Show, which was a terrific display of young talent. Shows were on the first level and occurred at 3, 4, and 5 pm, as well as in the morning. There were various drums on display, but additionally the views from the upper level were great. Just behind the Drum Tower was a hutong with great street food and a lively vibe in the evening.

Thank Aussie_Nana2014
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Reviewed 26 May 2014

It is not so well preserved as many other we visited in China, but it is nice. You should visit the Dru Tower and then walk through the street next to eat.

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Reviewed 19 May 2014

Interesting neighborhood. The climb up is very steep, but a great view awaits. Watched a performance by several drum bangers....very interesting to understand the historical relevance of these towers.

1  Thank Grady A
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Reviewed 18 May 2014

You can buy a ticket to see both the bell and the drum tower just next to each other's. The drum tower offer you a mini show of drum and the view is perfect to take few shout of the town.

Thank Gheefrenchie
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Reviewed 6 May 2014

We visited the tower just in the for the drum show at 10.10 a.m.
There are only a few other drum shows during the day. The music was very nice. The entrance fee is 35 RMB - I suggest to visit this rather than the Bell Tower because it is larger. On the second floor there is also an exhibition of a Ming Dinasty tea room.

2  Thank Ilaria M
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