Drum Tower Square Tours

Drum Tower Square is located in the heart of Xian, right at the intersection of the four main roads running from north to south and east to west across the city. Linked by an underground passage, the square’s Bell Tower and Drum Tower are its main attractions, standing as ancient symbols of the Old City. Built in the Ming Dynasty, the towers were once used to keep time, and today they attract tourists and locals who gather in the square to marvel at their architecture.

As well as these impressive towers, there are a choice of places to eat, shop, and enjoy some people watching and live music in the square. It’s the perfect place to learn about the history of Xian and take some impressive photos. If arriving at the square in the early morning, you’ll find a gathering of locals, mostly elders, going about their morning exercises. Visit at night, and you’ll find more of a younger crowd taking an evening stroll or simply enjoying the atmosphere.

Drum Tower Square is a highlight on various full-day tours of Xian and is usually combined with other top attractions in the city, such as the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, and Muslim Market.

Practical Info

If not arriving as part of an organized tour with transport included, you can reach Drum Tower Square by taking Line 2 of the subway to Bell Tower Station and heading west from exit B. Local buses also serve the area.

Did You Know? The Drum Tower has been renovated several times and a huge drum measuring 1.8 meters tall with a surface diameter of almost three meters was added to the tower in 1996. The new drum is decorated with 1,996 studs to represent the year it was made.
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Address: Beiyuanmen, Xian, China
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Admission: Joint ticket for Drum Tower and Bell Tower: 50 CNY
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3-Hour Xi'an Muslim Street Food Tour and Fountain Show

Explore Xi'an with a private guide with a choice of morning or evening tour. Visit the bustling Xi'an Muslim street to see some traditional architecture and taste some typical street food snacks. At the Drum and Bell Tower Square. At Wild Goose Pagoda, admire the large musical fountain; learn about all of these Xi'an highlights through your guide's commentary as you travel via the subway. Sample delicious delicacies such as steamed mutton, sour plum soup and kebab as you begin to get a feel for Xi'an culture. Transport tickets and food tastings included.
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Xian Tour with City Wall, Xian Museum, and Muslim Quarter

Explore Xian’s historical highlights and learn how the city drew emperors, warriors, poets, and monks through the centuries on this 8-hour city tour. Travel between the sights by air-conditioned vehicle and view the main landmarks. Visit the City Wall, chart the city’s past at Xian Museum, and walk around the Muslim Quarter, seeing the nearby Bell and Drum Tower, and more. Your tour includes lunch, entrance fees, and downtown hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Duration: 8 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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One Day Xi'an Highlight Private Tour

Party the night away on your very own private sailing charter as you and your guests cruise merrily through the tranquil waters of Messinia, Greece. Whatever the occasion - engagements, birthday parties, vow renewals, or just a special getaway - this fully-flexible boat cruise offers you the chance to do things your way. Whether for celebration, fun, romance or all of the above, this cruise is for you.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Xi'an Classic Day Tour

Soak up the highlights of Xian, one of China’s oldest capitals, in just one day on this door-to-door private tour. Forget the stresses and strains of public transport as you explore the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, Bell Tower Square, Drum Tower Square, and the Muslim Quarter with your private guide. Along the way, enjoy a restaurant lunch and bike or stroll along the ancient city wall.
  • Duration: 8 to 9 hours
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Private Half-Day Cultural Walking Tour of Xi'an

Combine the flexibility of independent travel with the insider insights of a local guide on this private half-day Xian walking tour. See the Bell Tower, Drum Tower, Gao Grand Courtyard, and Muslim Quarter, watch a shadow puppet performance, and discover the Chinese art of paper cutting. Along the way, opt to shop for souvenirs or sample street food—with your guide on hand to explain exactly what you’re buying.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Two-Day Xi'an Heritage Tour

Cover ground you couldn’t hope to cover by bus or taxi over two fascinating days of door-to-door touring with a private guide. See two terracotta armies, one crafted for Qin Shi Huang, the second for a Han emperor. Walk on Xian City Wall, tour the Muslim Quarter, admire Big Wild Goose Pagoda, and explore traditional cave homes. Accommodation is at your discretion: Upgrade to include Chinese restaurant lunches.
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5-Night Tour of Xi'an and Chongqing with Yangtze River Cruise

Explore beyond city limits on this private 6-day tour of Chongqing, Xi'an, and the Yangtze River. Visit must-see attractions such as the Terracotta Warriors, the Three Gorges Dam, and the Small Wild Goose Pagoda; take a luxury cruise down the Yangtze River; and gain in-depth knowledge about Chinese history and culture alongside your private guide. This tour includes accommodations for five nights, some meals, and a one-way ticket from Xi'an to Chongqing.
  • Duration: 6 days
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2-Day Classic Xi'an Tour Combo Package: Terracotta Warriors and Downtown Sightseeing

Discover the must-see attractions in Xi’an during a two-day tour with a knowledgeable guide. Visit the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum — a UNESCO World Heritage site, along with the Ancient City Wall, the Bell and Drum Tower Square, the Great Mosque and Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Come to understand the ancient history, culture and religions that have shaped Xi’an as you admire its many stunning sights. Includes airport and hotel transfers, two lunches, transport by air-conditioned coach and entrance fees, leaving you free to focus on sightseeing.
  • Duration: 2 days
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One Day Xian Mini Group Tour to Terracotta Army & City Wall

Don’t wait in line to see the Terracotta Warriors on this day trip around Xi’an’s historical highlights. Drive direct to the Terracotta Warriors Museum at the start of the day and cut past the tourist crowds; spend over two hours exploring this world-famous archeological site. In the afternoon, visit several of Xi’an’s ancient landmarks, including the City Wall and the Wild Goose Pagoda – a great way to visit these spots without the hassle of hiring a car or navigating public transport.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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US$119.00
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Xi'an Classic Day Tour: Shaanxi History Museum, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, City Wall, Bell and Drum Tower Square and Muslim Quarter

See Xi’an’s top attractions on a full-day city sightseeing tour that starts with a look into Xi’an’s importance in China at the Shaanxi History Museum. Then visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda — an iconic Buddhist temple from the Tang Dynasty. After lunch, walk along the well-preserved old city wall and check out Bell and Drum Tower Square. Finally, stroll through the lively streets of the Muslim Quarter where you can sample local snacks and browse the shops.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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2 Days Xian Small Group Tour: Terracotta Army, Hanyangling Museum, and Xian City

Experience the ancient city of Xi’an on a two-day small-group tour. After a convenient hotel pickup, learn about one of China’s oldest and best-preserved cities from your English-speaking guide. See Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s amazing Terracotta Army, marvel at the city’s ancient wall, check out the tomb of the Han Dynasty, and enjoy delicious lunches included in one convenient tour.
  • Duration: 2 days
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Afternoon 3-Hour Walking Tour in Xi'an

Get to know Xi’an city without ever setting foot in a stuffy tour bus on this afternoon walking tour. Visit landmarks like the Muslim Quarter, Bell and Drum Tower Square and the grand South Gate Square with your guide by your side, getting on-the-fly recommendations for places to eat and other parts of the city to explore. This tour is great for new visitors to Xi’an who want to get their bearings in the city center.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Xi'an City Bus Day Tour

Downtown Xi’an is full of historic buildings and cultural highlights. On this full day small-group bus tour, spend time at many of those buildings and highlights and get to know Xi’an better with the help of your guide. Get plenty of time to explore sites like the Shaanxi History Museum, the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and the Muslim Quarter on this comprehensive tour that’s perfect for visitors who are new to Xi’an or who are traveling to a tight schedule.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Private Tour: Xi'an Highlight of Terracotta Warriors and Customized Sightseeing

Visit the Terracotta Warriors at the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor, and then spend the afternoon exploring your choice of other nearby attractions with this private tour from Xian. Your guide provides comfortable, private transportation, answers your questions about the site, and provides recommendations for filling the rest of your afternoon.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Classic Xi'an City Bus Tour

Discover the rich cultural heritage of Xian and Shaanxi Province on a full-day tour of Xian. Visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Xi'an Ancient City Wall, Bell Tower and Drum Tower Square, and the Muslim Quarter. See relics that date back to the Tang and Ming Dynasties, explore important Buddhist and Muslim sites, and learn about the many treasures of this important city. Travel with a guide in a climate-controlled coach, with lunch, entrance tickets, and hotel pickup and drop-off included.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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One-Day Tour: Essence of Xi'an and Terracotta Warriors

Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s Mausoleum, where China’s famed Terracotta Warriors were unearthed in the mid-1970s, is a compelling attraction for any visitor to the Shaanxi region. However the Mausoleum can be difficult to get to, a short drive out of the city. On this day trip, you don’t have to worry about organising your travel – your guide’s got that covered. Visit the Mausoleum in the morning and then select two Xi’an landmarks to visit in the afternoon.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Private Customized Day Tour of Xi'an Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum With Sightseeing Option

Explore the awe-inspiring Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum and China’s ancient capital on this all-day guided tour. After a convenient hotel pickup, see the thousands of recently discovered terracotta soldiers, horses, and other figures built more than 2,000 years ago to accompany China’s first emperor into the afterlife. Enjoy a tour of Xian, with stops at the Muslim Quarter, the ancient city wall, and Banpo Museum.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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4 Days Xian In-depth Tour Combo Package

Xi’an is the best place to see the 5000 years history of China. In history, Xi’an functioned as capital city for over 1200 years. The long history left the city with rich cultural relics: Terracotta Warriors and Horses of the Qin Dynasty (221BC-207BC), Big Wild Goose Pagoda of the Tang Dynasty (618-907), Ancient City Wall of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644)… This tour will lead you to visit them one by one.
  • Duration: 4 days
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2-Day Yan'an Tour from Xi'an by Bullet Train

Yan’an in north part of Shaanxi Province is a famous revolutionary base. From 1935 when the Chinese Communist Party finished Long March to 1949, when the epilogue of Chinese Liberation War, Yan’an served as headquarter of CCP for 19 years. This 2 days Yan’an tour from Xi’an will lead you to visit Date Garden, Yan’an Revolutionary Memorial Hall, Pagoda Hill, and Yangjialing in Yan’an. You will also witness the unique loess plateau landscape.
  • Duration: 2 days
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5 Days Xian Food and Culture Tour Combo Package

This tour is ideal choice for tourists who have enough time for Xi’an sightseeing and have interest in local food. No tour activities will be arranged on days 1 and day 5 when you arrive and depart Xi’an. In the other 3 days you will visit the classic attractions and especially you will be escorted to visit several food street where you will meet and try some authentic local food. Our guide will be also happy to recommend some restaurants and dishes upon your request.
  • Duration: 5 days
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3 Days Xian Highlight Small Group Tour

As the ancient Chinese capital city and hometown of world famous Terracotta Warriors and Horses, Xian is one of the top destination for tourists who visit China for the first time. This 3 days fully guided small group tour is the best choice for the first-time visitors who want to see more things with less cost. In the 3 days you will see: Terracotta Warriors and Horses, Banpo Museum, City Wall, Small Wild Goose Pagoda, Muslim Quarter, Mt. Huashan, etc.
  • Duration: 3 days
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US$347.80
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5 Days Private Xian & Shanghai Tour by Bullet Train With Hotel

On this private tour you will visit the most popular tourist attractions in Xian and Shanghai. The highlight sites includes: City Wall, Shaanxi History Musuem, Terracotta Army, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Muslim Quarter, the Bund, Jade Buddha Temple, Shanghai Museum, Yuyuan Garden, etc. The tour also includes private transfer, guides, entrance fee, bullet train, and hotel in two cities.
  • Duration: 5 days
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Full-Day Private Tour of Terra-cotta Warriors and City Wall from Xi'an

See the best Xi’an has to offer in just one day and savor the flavor of this ancient capital, a melting pot of different cultures.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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