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Bell and Drum Towers, Beijing

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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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  • Very big Bell and Drum towers. All the bigger cities in China have them. I actually thought the ones in X'ian were nicer and made more of a feature of. I didn't go in as am aware of the standard fare ...  more »
  • 30 yuan entry charge ... walked past his huge building daily as our hotel was 2 hutongs away... and decided to go in days later... beware steep climb up 60+ stairs to the drums... no lifts. We didn't ...  more »
  • Tiananmen, Forbidden City, Jingshan Park and the Drum and Bell Towers are located in a line from the South to the North. Really interesting buildings, and especially need to hear how sound the drums ...
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