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Drum Tower (Gulou), Xi'an

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Observation Deck · Historic Site
Admire the largest drum in China in Drum Tower (Gulou), an impressive brick and wood edifice rising 34 m (112 ft) above the landscape of Xi'an. Built in 1380, the tower houses an enormous cowhide drum, beaten at every sunset to tell the time (in contrast to the sound of the bell every sunrise from the sister tower nearby). Enjoy a view of the town from the second-floor observation area, and explore a large collection of ancient percussion instruments at the drum museum inside the tower. LED-lit at night, the tower's monumental size and shape make it a landmark of the city. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Drum Tower (Gulou) and many more Xi'an attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Xi'an itinerary planner.
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  • You won't have to go far out of your way to see this tower as being in the ancient city walls is a must do in Xi'an. This is close to the Bell Tower but isn't too exciting. I've been reading that...  more »
  • The Drum Tower is located in downtown Xi’an. The place is well maintained so it is quite hard to believe that the place dates back to more than 600 years ago. Entry for adults is at 30 RMB. Featured....  more »
  • It has some nice views of the city grounds around it. Should check the performance timings ahead of time so you can plan your visit.  more »

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