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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. Using our online itinerary creator, Beijing attractions like Bell and Drum Towers can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • October 2, 2017
    We decided to skip the offered tour and go for it on our own. We hired a taxi to take us from our hotel to the towers. We walked around the area and enjoyed some of the local cuisine. Later after leav...  more »
  • September 29, 2017
    Our tour guide suggested we give these 2 towers a miss! Not sure why as we found them very interesting to visit on our first (free) day in Beijing. The drum tower has a drumming performance 3 times in...  more »
  • September 28, 2017
    I actually walked to the Bell and Drum Towers from my hotel in Yu'er Hutong. It was a nice, casual stroll but did involve crossing one street (just be cautious!). The towers are pretty awesome themsel...  more »

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