Drum Tower (Gulou) Tours

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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Address: Beiyuanmen, Xian, Northwest China, China
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Hours: April–Oct: 8:30am–9pm; Oct–March 8:30am–6pm
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Admission: 35 CNY
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Essential Xi'an Private Day Tour Including Lunch

If you’re visiting Xian for the first time, get a comprehensive introduction to the ancient city on a sightseeing tour designed with visitors on a time budget in mind. As well as benefiting from the undivided attention and insider knowledge of your guide, you’ll travel between top Xian attractions—which include Xian City Wall and the Big Wild Goose Pagoda—in air-conditioned comfort without worrying about getting lost.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Full Day Small Group Xi'an Essential Tour

With no time-consuming shopping stop, spend full day on this small group tour with a knowledgeable local guide, visit Xian’s top attraction of Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, the most complete Ancient City Wall in China, and the city central landmark of Bell & Drum Tower Square.
  • Duration: 7 to 8 hours
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Private Tour: Customize Your Day in Xi'an

Xian can be confusing if you don’t speak Chinese. With a private guide for the day, you can create a 100% personalized itinerary and smooth out all the transport logistics. Besides the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, you might choose to visit Xian City Wall, the Shaanxi History Museum, the underground Han Yang Ling Museum, the Muslim Quarter, or so much more.
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Xi'an in One Day: Terracotta Warriors, City Wall Day Trip from Chengdu by Air

See all of Xi’an’s alluring attractions on a private round-trip tour from Chengdu. Take to the skies in order to visit all of the region’s historical highlights on a tight time frame. Immerse yourself in the ancient majesty of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed terracotta warrior site and ascend the Xi’an Wall for panoramic vistas of the stunning city. Appreciate the Islamic-inspired architecture of the Muslim Quarter and pleasure your palate with regional delicacies during a lavish lunch. Enjoy the convenience of private round-trip transportation from Xi’an airport on this exhilarating excursion.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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Xi'an Small Group Night Walking Tour With Brewery Bar Experience

Discover the charms of Xi’an at night on a 3-hour food and walking tour with a local guide. Start from the famous Bell and Drum Tower, then head over to the Muslim quarter for samples of at least five delectable dishes, enough food to make up a meal. Walk through atmospheric old streets lined with small restaurants and shops, and have time to pick up some gifts in the local market. Wrap up at a lively street for nightlife where you enjoy a complimentary drink in a favorite bar.
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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 Wild Goose Pagoda, and Xi'an City Wall. Have a taste of Islamic influences when you visit the Great Mosque as well as Muslim Street. This private tour is for your party only.
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Private Day Tour to Terra Cotta Warriors and Optional City Attractions

Make the absolute most of even a single day in Xian on this customizable private tour. Meet your private guide and driver at your desired location, then explore the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum. After lunch at a Chinese restaurant, visit your choice of two downtown Xian sights, perhaps the Muslim Quarter, Xian City Wall, Shaanxi History Museum, or Temple of the Eight Immortals. Please note: Tour excludes entrance fees.
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Private Flexible Xian City Day Tour with Lunch

Navigating Xian independently takes time. Explore the city your way, your style, with a private guide and separate driver, on this flexible day tour. Pick as many as eight sites to visit from the list—three or four are recommended—then spend the day adventuring. Options run from Xian City Wall to the Shaanxi History Museum or the Eight Immortals Temple. Please note: Tour includes lunch but excludes entrance fees.
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Private Tour: Xi'an City Highlights

See Xi'an your way on this private city tour. Visit must-see attractions such as the Bell and Drum Tower, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, and Ancient City Wall, all while learning about the city's long history from your guide along the way. This tour includes a private guide, private transportation, and all entrance fees.
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2-Hour Xi'an-at-Night Private Tour

The 2 hours ‘Xi’an-at-night’ private tour will take you to see Xi’an as you have never seen it before! You will be taken to visit some of Xi’an’s famous landmarks lit up by beautiful lights. Included in this tour are: the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, the south gate of the city wall, and the Bell and Drum Towers. You will also see the largest fountain show in Asia, outdoor karaoke, the Muslim Quarter as well as what locals’ do at night!
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Small Group One Day Downtown Xi'an Tour Including Lunch

This is a one day downtown tour with private driver and tour guide,covering all highlights of the historical city. The highlight you will visit including Tang Dynasty Imperial Paradise Palace, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, and Ancient City Wall with bonus visit to the Bell, Drum Tower, and Muslim street. All day, the tour guide will accompany you and give you a special explanation about this historical city.
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8-Hour Private Guide Service in Xi'an

Explore Xi’an, China like a local with this private, full-day sightseeing tour. The professional tour guide will provide a detailed introduction about the history and culture of this ancient city. Visit the highlights of the Terracotta Army, the Fortifications of Xi'an, the various towers of Xi'an, and other famous attractions at any pace desired.
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Xi'an Ancient Capital Walking Tour

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Private Xi'an Day Tour with Terracotta Warriors and Banpo Museum

Enjoy personalized attention from your dedicated guide on this private tour to Xi'an, the Terracotta Warriors, and the Banpo Museum. Learn about the ancient history of these artifacts from your guide, in addition to visits to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and the culinary-focused Muslim Quarter. Entrance fees and round-trip hotel transportation included.
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Private Walking Tour in the Old City Area of Xi'an

Explore the old city area of Xi'an on foot in the company of a private guide on this full-day tour. Enjoy the personalized attention from your dedicated guide as you get to know the pace of local life in the old city and visit some historical highlights of the area. Tasting of local foods is also included, as are entrance fees to any attractions.
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4-Hour Xian Private Photography Night Tour

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6-Hour Private Walking Tour in Xi'an Old Town Including Lunch

This tour starts from Bell tower, a structure that stands at the city center for over 600 year. On the way, you will pass by the south gate of the ancient city wall, the infamous bar street, the wicker-ware market, the drum tower, and the Muslim Quarter. You will also visit one of the oldest Taoist temples in existence and the Great Mosque as well as learning traditional art of paper cutting from some of Xi’an’s oldest residents. To spice up the tour, you will try many different kinds of snacks that this tour route has to offer. Your tour ends with a delicious meal at one of the most famous dumpling restaurants in China!
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Xi'an Private Tour: Small Wild Goose Pagoda and Great Mosque

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  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
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