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.
Great tour, the food was fantastic, the culture of the Muslims in Xi'An and China was absolutely fascinating.
The tour guide, Michelle was great fun and she had plenty of stories and tid bits about Xi'An.
The Drum Tower is in the center of Xian, a short walk from the Bell Tower; you can buy a combined ticket to cover both sights. The Drum Tower also marks the entrance to the Muslim Quarter with its excellent food stands.