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Drum Tower (Gulou), Xi'an

Categories: Observation Decks, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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3.7/5 based on 650+ reviews on the web
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. To visit Drum Tower (Gulou) on your holiday in Xi'an, and find out what else Xi'an has to offer, use our Xi'an travel itinerary planner.
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  • I have to say the place isn't bad at all! It is very similar with the Bell Tower. The place wasn't too crowded so that your visit was enjoyable!
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  • Nice tour. Try to catch one of the musical performances, love it! Suggest you buy the tickets for both the bell and the drum tower. It's cost effective and you get to see the 2 tours in Xi'an. 
  • I would suggest you arrive at 4:00 because there will be a line to get in. There is a performance that I read that is pretty entertaining but we missed it. The last performance is at 5pm. It would be ...  read more »
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