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.
Tours & Tickets
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.)
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
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.)