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Drum Tower (Gulou)

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Built in 1384, this imposing tower was rebuilt after the 1949 Communist revolution.
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The Southern of Xi'an West Main Street Beiyuanmen,, Xi'an 710003, China
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My mum and i loved both the Bell Tower and the Drum Tower. The Drum Tower is better as you can walk up the second floor and get a good view and I loved the drums I found it very interesting. Then when you finish...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Kylie W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Just a few blocks from the bell tower is the drum tower. You can view the large drums in the tower to alert the city in the old days. Views are good from above and the tower is lit up at night. Minor cost to...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank seniorbudget
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A tower that has good views of the city and a few drums around the outside and inside of the tower,quick to visit

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Flitz8
Reviewed 5 November 2018

It's a large, spectacular tower located next to the Muslim Quarter. Well worth an evening visit when it is lit up, and its beauty enhanced. Best photos are from an oblique angle, as trees block the view of the immediate front and back of the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Paul S
Reviewed 3 November 2018 via mobile

This is beautiful when going at night as it is lit up. It’s also right next to Muslim Street. Plan for two hours for both.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank RockiesResident
Reviewed 31 October 2018 via mobile

The Drum Tower is another beautifully lit Xi’an building. We stopped here on our night tour of the city. Be sure to take your camera and lots of memory - you’ll want to take photographs galore. A must-see in Xi’an.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank StephenGlobeTrotter
Reviewed 30 October 2018 via mobile

The drum tower is very pretty, especially at night when it’s lit up, but there’s not much more to see from the inside. To do both towers, the Drum and Bell (5min walk from one another) it costs 50yuan. Access to entrance is via the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank sarahu1981
Reviewed 30 October 2018

I really enjoyed the visit to the tower. At the top there are many beautiful furniture on display. On the second floor there is an exhibition with drums in all shapes and forms. Here they also perform an excellent drum show. The tower is very...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Inger H
Reviewed 23 October 2018 via mobile

Drum towers in Chinese cities seem to be very similar. Different shapes but similar architecture and drumming displays. If you haven't been in one, they are definitely worth a look and the displays are well worth catching. Visually, at night, they look amazing in Xian.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Iain K
Reviewed 18 October 2018

It is Beautiful at night and in the day.t is a Worth visit when they are having the drum playing at set times. There is normal entrance fees. Here you can see the antique Chinese furniture and enjoy the views.

Date of experience: August 2018
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1 February 2017|
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Response from Daniel A | Reviewed this property |
I found my pic on Tripadvisor. The performance times are 9:10, 10:00, 11:00, 15:00, 16:00 and 17:00. Be 30 minutes early as seats are very limited.
13 December 2016|
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Response from jtrabue |
I thought I would follow this up... obviously I checked the various websites for this attraction and got contradictory information. That's why I was asking for clarification here. Anyway, I just got back from Xi'an and both... More