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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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  • These towers were fascinating to visit, albiet there were quite a few steps that needed climbing to get to the main sections. A great deal of genersl Chinese history was explained but also the highlig...  more »
  • The Bell and Drum towers is a must see in Beijing – more so for the people watching on the huge square between the two towers and for the tea ceremony in the Bell Tower. We visited late afternoon at t...  more »
  • A good place to spend sometime when in the area, however not a place to go out of the way to visit. It does however shed insight into China's past  more »