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Bell and Drum Towers, Beijing

Categories: Observation Decks, Monuments, Tourist Spots
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3.5/5 based on 500+ reviews on the web
Admire Beijing’s Bell and Drum Towers, two towers that were used to tell time in ancient China, and landmarks of the city. The drum tower dates back to the 13th century and the rule of Kublai Khan, while the bell tower was probably built a century later. Restored many times over the years, the towers were opened to the public in the 1980’s. Climb one of the historic structures, the taller of which is the drum tower at 47 m (154 ft), for a rewarding view of the city center and to see the surviving drum and bronze bell. Make Bell and Drum Towers a centerpiece of your Beijing vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Beijing tour planner.
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  • It's the Wandering Yank here. I had a free afternoon in Beijing during my business trip, and friends recommended the Hutong area north of the Forbidden City. Since the 2 towers (hmmm...Lord of the Rin...  read more »
  • After the bustle of the Forbidden City these sites made a nice quiet change especially when approached via the neighbourhood walk in the Lonely Planet guide. There is a short drum performance in the D...  read more »
  • A walk through the Hutong Neighborhood through the public square that amalgamated the Drum and the Bell Tower is an experience. The forgotten alleys, the public toilets, the division of imperial homes...  read more »
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