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  • Address: Beiyuanmen, Xian, Northwest China, China
  • Hours: April–Oct: 8:30am–9pm; Oct–March 8:30am–6pm
  • Admission: 35 CNY

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Drum Tower (Gulou)

Built during the Ming Dynasty, Xian's Drum Tower (Gulou) is set across from the equally ancient Bell Tower in the heart of the Old City. The structure's original purpose was to keep time, with its drums beaten each morning to mark sunset (Sunrise was marked with the tolling of the bells in the Bell Tower). The tower has been renovated several times over the years, and a huge six-foot-tall (1.8-meter-tall) drum was added in 1996, with 1,996 studs installed to represent the year it was made.

After marveling at the Drum Tower's impressive Chinese architecture, you can step inside and climb to its top level for views across the city. The tower features a museum, as well as regular drumming performances throughout the day. In addition, a small drum is available for visitors to beat three times a day for good luck in exchange for a fee.

The square in which the Drum Tower is located is a lively area filled with various shops, eateries, and other attractions. A trip here is included on most tours of the city and is usually combined with other top attractions, such as the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, and Muslim Market.

Insider Tip: The Drum Tower is beautifully lit up at night and climbing up to its higher levels provides some fantastic views of the twinkling lights of downtown Xian.

Practical Info

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 for 50 CNY. The site can be reached by taking Line 2 of the subway to Bell Tower Station and heading west from exit B. Local buses also serve the area.

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Essential Xi'an Private Day Tour Including Lunch, Xian, null
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Essential Xi'an Private Day Tour Including Lunch

Essential Xi'an Private Day Tour will take you to see the highlights of Xi'an's most important attractions including Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, Big ...  Read more

Location: Xi'an, China
Duration: Flexible

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Xi'an Architectural Wonders Private Day Tour, Xian, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Xi'an Architectural Wonders Private Day Tour

This private day tour of architectural wonders of Xi'an will take you to see fascinating Great Mosque, Little Goose Pagoda, the Bell and the Drum Towers and ...  Read more

Location: Xi'an, China
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $72.88
Private One-day City Tour of Xi'an Attractions, Xian, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Private One-day City Tour of Xi'an Attractions

Enjoy private driver and guide services for a day to visit major attractions in the city of Xi'an and be charmed by them. In addition to appreciate the ...  Read more

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

From USD $57.50
Private Day Tour of Xi'an Highlights, Xian, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Private Day Tour of Xi'an Highlights

Spend a full 8-hour day exploring the highlights of Xi'an with an English-speaking guide. See main attractions including Shaanxi Provincial History Museum, Big ...  Read more

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

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

4.5 star rating: Recommended 4 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.)

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Private Walking Tour in the Old City Area of Xi'an, Xian, Private Day Trips
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Private Walking Tour in the Old City Area of Xi'an

On this tour, you will spend a full day exploring the old city area of Xi’an, which is a great way for you to know the locals and their lifestyle. You ...  Read more

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

From USD $69.99
Private Day Tour of Xi'an City Highlights, Xian, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Private Day Tour of Xi'an City Highlights

During this tour, you will spend a full day exploring the ancient Xi'an city accompanied by a knowledgeable private guide and a professional driver. You will ...  Read more

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

From USD $37.99
Private Xi'an Day Tour with Terracotta Warriors and Banpo Museum, Xian, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Private Xi'an Day Tour with Terracotta Warriors and Banpo Museum

During this tour, you will visit the world wonder, Terracotta Warriors and Horses and also the Banpo Museum as well as the lively Muslim Quarter. Terracotta ...  Read more

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

From USD $66.99
Xi'an Day Tour: Shanxi History Museum, Xi'an City Wall and Bell Tower, Xian, Private Sightseeing ... 
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Xi'an Day Tour: Shanxi History Museum, Xi'an City Wall and Bell Tower

Meet your guide at your hotel in Xi'an and start your tour with a visit to Shaanxi Provincial History Museum that is considered one of the best artifacts ...  Read more

Location: Xi'an, China
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $76.30
Private Tour: Customize Your Day in Xi'an, Xian, Half-day Tours
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Private Tour: Customize Your Day in Xi'an

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Accompanied by a knowledgeable local tour guide, customize your day according to your interests and visit only the Xi’an sites that you wish to see. ...  Read more

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

From USD $16.25

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