Drum Tower (Gulou)

The Drum Tower - or Gulou - was built during the Ming Dynasty, just a few years before the neighboring Bell Tower. It is largely in the same style as that building, though in a rectangular rather than a square format. From here sunset was marked by the beat of the drum, sunrise having been announced in the Bell Tower.  

Drums are a big deal here, in fact China’s biggest percussion instrument sits in the building’s center. There’s a smaller drum which you can beat three times for good luck (for a fee). Or leave it to the professionals, with regular performances of pounding beats and dancing.

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Xi'an in One Day: Terracotta Warriors, City Wall Day Trip from Chengdu by Air

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

This private tour flies you round-trip from Chengdu to explore Xi’an’s top attractions! A friendly local guide accompanies you on a full-day trip to see the ...  Read more

Location: Chengdu, China
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $502.99

2-Night Best of Xi'an Tour: Terracotta Warriors and City Sightseeing with Private Round-Trip Transfer from Airport or Train Station

See the highlights of Xi'an on a 2-night private tour, including the Ancient City Wall, Big Wild Goose Pagoda and the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Terracotta ...  Read more

Location: Xian, China
Duration: 2 nights

From USD $316.00

Independent Tour of Xi’an with Private Transport

Spend a full or half day exploring Xi’an’s must-see attractions at your leisure with convenient private transportation. With the assistance of your ...  Read more

Location: Xian, China
Duration: 4 or 8 hours

From USD $28.99

Xi'an Gourmet Walking Tour at Night

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 9 Reviews

This 3-hour walking tour of downtown Xi’an will surely whet your appetite and satisfy any cravings you may have! Taste ten different kinds of local delicacies ...  Read more

Location: Xian, China
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $44.00

Xi'an Classic Day Tour: Shaanxi History Museum, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, City Wall, Bell and Drum Tower Square and Muslim Quarter

This Xi'an Day Tour will take you to Shaanxi History Museum that was built in 1983 and opened to the public in 1991. Now it has over 370,000 exhibits in the ...  Read more

Location: Xi'an, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $89.00

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