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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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  • The square of pirgos m drums brings together a lot of people and is usefull for the start of a long walk in the area. The thoroughly enjoyed!
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  • Although I do not necessarily recommend to go into the two most distinctive buildings of the square (Bell Tower and drum tower), but it is seen from the outside very nicely, especially at night! Tower near drum there is the Muslim quarter where there are many small stalls where you can buy everything possible. Of course, there are also many restaurants here. And also a food brand where you can eat everything possible rather can try.
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  • Located within walking distance of the Bell Tower, it is worth buying a ticket to walk up to the veranda to take in the views from there.  more »
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  • The Drum Tower of Xi'an located in the heart of Xi'an in Shaanxi province of China, along with the Bell Tower is a symbol of the city. Erected in 1380 during the early Ming Dynasty, it stands towering above the city center and offers incredible view of Xi'an. The Drum Tower got its name from the huge drum located within the building. In contrast to the Bell Tower, where bell was stricken at dawn, drum was beat at sunset to indicate the end of the day. On the Drum Tower's first floor, lies a hall which hangs many large drums. Each was decorated with intrinsic and beautiful Chinese writing, which symbolizes good fortune. The impressive arrays of drums are only on show and visitors are not allowed to touch any of them. But there is an extra drum near the front entrance where visitors can pose for pictures for a small fee. Inside the Drum Tower there is also a drum museum, where a variety of drums are on display, some of which can be dated back thousands of years. There is a drum show performed here every day. The top of the tower commands a panoramic view of the city.
  • I visited this place with my girlfriend later in the evening. It was exactly what all the books, and internet said it was. I had a great time, and I was able to see a lot of the city. I took a lot of pictures of the skyline of the city. At the time it was in shrouded by fog so the lights of the city were reflecting up into the sky. I'm not a poetic person, but the scene was surreal. I would definitely recommend it for everybody to see. It was also quite romantic, if you're into that.
  • Must see, best in evening/night. The area has Drum Tower, Bell Tower, Muslim Street, all walking distance from each other. It’s lite up at night and looks cool. Muslim Street has great street food.
  • This place is good for a 15 minute stop unless you have time to wait for the regular music concerts. Bottom floor has a museum of old drums. Top floor has a display of Qin Dynasty furnishings. Outside gives you a nice view of the bell tower.
  • One of the land marks in Xi’an, the tower itself is not so interesting, but the Muslim street behind it is quite famous

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