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Drum Tower (Gulou), Xi'an

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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 get a great view from here of around town as well while upstairs. There is a small museum type display of instruments, lots of bells (inside and outside) and a short musical instrument show at...  more »
  • Arrived too late in the evening to be allowed entrance but still worth a visit as the lights at night were more attractive than in the daytime. Very near to the Muslim quarters it's a place of great.....  more »
  • Very beautiful tower and well preserved. At night when the lights come on it is even more impressive.  more »
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