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Bell and Drum Towers, Beijing

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#14 of 185 in Historic Sites in 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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  • To see from the outside only, there is nothing inside, you go up, you get tired for a view that is obviously more at all the same as that of the Qing dynasty, then... to avoid.
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  • On 10 steps walk from our hotel, so we thought: here we have to just go check it out. And we were not disappointed. Two beautiful towers that via an idiot to climb steep stairs. The one tower with drums (drums), the other with a giant bell (Bell). Beautiful views of the city, and so very worth it. Also by the way nice restaurant on the square exactly in between the two towers with roof terrace.
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  • The view from both towers is terrific. Good graphics of how the bell and the drums were made and the history pertaining to both. Drum playing Demos at the top of the drum tower also.  more »

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