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Drum Tower Square, Xi'an

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Learn about the history of Chinese drumming at Drum Tower Square. The square’s main attraction is the tower from 1380, built during the Ming dynasty, which holds 24 drums on display. Take a look at various sidewalk music and art performances, or buy a souvenir from the stalls around the site. Take a break in the small flower park, and if you're hungry, buy some food from the vendors on the square. During the night, the whole square comes to life with impressive lighting. Using our online itinerary creator, Xi'an attractions like Drum Tower Square can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • August 16, 2017
    OMG! We truly experience the night life in Xi'an here. There are a lot of people walking, talking , dancing, there are the malls, shops, restaurants around the square! Just watch your personal items, ...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    Really cool at night. It lights up and lots of people. So many choices to eat and drink here. It's the heart of Xi'an  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    Like the Bell Tower, it is best to visit it at night and on holidays or in those good temperature to thus see it illuminated.
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  • June 15, 2017
    It's such a prominent landmark that you HAVE to visit it, as well as the sister Bell Tower. The Drum museum was interesting, and the free drum performance was enthusiastic and energetic. Do note opening hours. The Drum Tower is right next to the famous Muslim Food Street night market for a taste of distinctive Silk Route sourced cuisine.
  • May 7, 2017
    The place there is really nice the view from the top is nice. The performance was nice as well it gives you insight of how Chinese music was back then. A lot of people were there and blocked my view. It's a nice place to take pictures and the drums look well taken care of.
  • May 10, 2017
    Night sceneries here are amazing. Come during the day for historic tour of the ancient city Xian and shopping. Come at night for the sceneries and nightlife. Night life around here are on everyday and are filled with nightclubs and bars. A short walk down the road and you'll see clubs everywhere. A great place to visit during both day and night
  • May 3, 2017
    If you buy the Drum Tower and Bell Tower tickets together it's totally worth the visit to each. Together it's less than $9 US. The drum tower is at the end of the Muslim street (which has a lot of food and souvenirs) and there's a walkway to the Bell Tower which is at the exact center of Xian. The Drum tower is a great example of Ming Dynasty architecture and and there is a musical show at regular hours.
  • July 14, 2017
    It is very near to Muslim Street. If you have reached the Drum Tower, Muslim Street is next to it.

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