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Drum Tower (Gulou) Tours

Drum Tower (Gulou)
Xian's Drum Tower (Gulou), built during the Ming Dynasty, 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 evening to mark sunset; sunrise was marked with the tolling of bells in the Bell Tower.
 
The Basics
The Drum Tower, and neighboring Bell Tower rank among Xian’s most visited attractions. Visitors can climb to the top level of the tower for views across the city, browse the small museum, or watch one of the live drumming performances, which are staged several times throughout the day. The Drum Tower is included on most city sightseeing tours, along with the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Drum Tower is a must-visit for history buffs, families, and first-time visitors.
  • Be prepared for a steep climb to the top of the tower; there are no elevators.
  • Save money with a combined Drum Tower and Bell Tower ticket.

How to Get There
The easiest way to get to the Drum Tower is to take the Xian Metro (Line 2) to Zhonglou Station. Leave through Exit B and head west toward the Drum Tower. Several public buses also stop at Zhonglou Xi Station.
 
When to Get There
The Drum Tower is open daily year-round. Many travelers visit as part of a daytime sightseeing tour, but the Drum Tower is beautifully lit at night. Climbing up to the higher levels provides some fantastic views of the twinkling lights of downtown Xian.
 
The Drum, By The Numbers
In 1996, The Xian Drum Tower received a new drum, one of the largest in China. Covered in cow leather, the drum stands 6 feet (1.8 meters) tall and weighs 1.5 tons. The boom of the drum can be heard up to 3 miles (5 kilometers) away.
Address: Beiyuanmen, Xian, Northwest China, China
Admission: Varies
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Private Customizable Terracotta Warriors Full Day Tour

Private Customizable Terracotta Warriors Full Day Tour

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See the Terracotta Warriors and your choice of two other Xian highlights on a private custom tour. After a morning visit to see the UNESCO-listed terracotta army, visit two attractions chosen from the six recommended: Shaanxi or Banpo Museum, Xian City Wall, the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Bell Tower and Drum Tower Square, or Muslim Street. With no time-consuming shopping stops, this flexible tour includes private transport and downtown Xian hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$101.54
Price varies by group size
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US$101.54
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2-Day Xi'an Sightseeing All-Inclusive Private Custom-Made Combo Tour

2-Day Xi'an Sightseeing All-Inclusive Private Custom-Made Combo Tour

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Beat the language barrier and explore Xian in your own style at your own pace on this 2-day private tour. Choose up to six attractions from a possible 15, including signature sights like the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum and lesser-known attractions like bar street or the Calligraphy Museum. Then just sit back and relax as your private guide and driver take you around. Tour includes lunch in non-touristy restaurants.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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US$302.00
Price varies by group size
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US$302.00
Price varies by group size

Essential Xi'an Private Day Tour Including Lunch

Essential Xi'an Private Day Tour Including Lunch

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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.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$82.06
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US$82.06

2-Hour Xi'an-at-Night Private Tour

2-Hour Xi'an-at-Night Private Tour

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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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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$33.76
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US$33.76

Xi'an Authentic Food Tour with Local Beverages

Xi'an Authentic Food Tour with Local Beverages

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Being served as the capital of China for over 1,200 years, Xi'an is more like a melting pot with diversed culinary culture and various famous local foods. This tour will allow you to try the most hihly rated loacal snacks with knowledgeable local experts. However it is not only a food tour for foods' sake, but will provide a chance for people to gain great local experiences by tasting their foods and sampling their drinks, to keep them away from those beaten tracks by taking tuk tuk to go through those serpentine backstreet allies, to immerse themselves in Xi'an's profund history by seeing the most gorgrous historical sites in the city center.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$54.49
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US$54.49
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Private Flexible Xian City Day Tour with Lunch

Private Flexible Xian City Day Tour with Lunch

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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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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$100.00
Price varies by group size
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US$100.00
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4-Hour Xi'an Photography Night Tour

4-Hour Xi'an Photography Night Tour

Get focus and capture it with Xi’an Photography evening Tour! Xi'an has one of the two best night views in China. This tour is easy for anyone who wants to learn or acquire more experience with outdoor evening view photography. This tour will take you on a great adventure in finding the most photogenic locations in the evening. Take you to endless amount of beautiful locations to photograph just around the corner. Photography guide and private English speaking guide and transportation are inclusive in this 4-hour tour!
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$150.00
Price varies by group size
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US$150.00
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Xi'an Day Tour: Shanxi History Museum, Xi'an City Wall and Bell Tower

Xi'an Day Tour: Shanxi History Museum, Xi'an City Wall and Bell Tower

See three of Xi’an’s top attractions on a morning tour with a knowledgeable local guide. Start with a visit to Shaanxi Provincial History Museum to discover the history of Xi’an as an ancient capital. Then see the wide walkways and towers along the old city walls, considered one of the best preserved city walls in China. Finally, head to the Bell Tower to learn about its importance and history. Includes hotel pickup and drop-off in Xi’an.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$103.90
Price varies by group size
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US$103.90
Price varies by group size
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1 Day Xian Group Tour: City Highlights

1 Day Xian Group Tour: City Highlights

This group tour includes highlights of the ancient city of Xian. Be ready to immerse yourself in history, culture, and cuisine on this hassle-free tour. See the best-preserved ancient "City Wall", the history book of Xian Museum, the magnificent "Bell Tower and Drum Tower", the Islamic bazaar "Muslim Street" and the national treasure "Big Wild Goose Pagoda".
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$128.59
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US$128.59

2-Day Private Classic Xi'an Sightseeing Tour

2-Day Private Classic Xi'an Sightseeing Tour

This magnificent private 2-day tour in Xi'an offers different tour starting options. You can either be picked up from Xi'an hotel, train station or airport and be done on your own situation. During these 2-day guided tour, you will vist The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, Xi'an City Wall, Drum and Bell Tower, Big Wild Goose Pagoda,etc. Local lunch, entrance fees, private guide and transfer service are all inclusive.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$368.00
Price varies by group size
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US$368.00
Price varies by group size
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2 Days Classic Xian Group Tour

2 Days Classic Xian Group Tour

Explore the ancient city of Xi’an on a two-day group tour. In this tour, visit the highlight attractions in Xian. Enjoy the UNESCO World Heritage "Terracotta Warriors", the best-preserved "Xian City Wall", the history book of Xian Museum, the magnificent "Bell Tower and Drum Tower", the historical "Muslim Street", the national treasure "Big Wild Goose Pagoda" and the 6000 year old "Banpo Village".  
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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US$234.30
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US$234.30

Small Group One Day Downtown Xi'an Tour Including Lunch

Small Group One Day Downtown Xi'an Tour Including Lunch

Explore the historical side of Xi’an on your own terms on this full-day sightseeing tour. Instead of enduring hours of crowds of strangers and packed tour bus transport, visit some of the city’s ancient landmarks with a private guide and private transport. Take in the grounds of the millennia-old Imperial Paradise Palace, get grand photos at the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, walk around the central Bell and Drum Towers, and enjoy 360-degree city views from the top of the Ancient City Wall.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$153.85
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US$153.85

Private Xi'an Food Tour

Private Xi'an Food Tour

This tour will give a yo a chance to try the most popular foods in the most characteristic areas in Xi'an downtown. Different with other food tours which only spend all their times on one short foodie street or which will soak their guests throughly with beer in bars, our food tour is based on a fully understanding of local peoples life and dinning habits in Xi'an city and aims on providing the best foods in this ancient town, and at the same time you will get to know some interesting facts and stories of the city.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$65.39
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US$65.39

Xian Private Customizable Terracotta Warriors Day Tour

Xian Private Customizable Terracotta Warriors Day Tour

Spend full day with a local expert guide to have a customized day trip of Terracotta Warriors and other Xian top attractions, discover the vivid life-size soldiers and horses as well as the ancient army of Qin Shi Huang’s empire in the morning, choose your preferred site to continue sightseeing in the afternoon. Private transportation by air-conditioned vehicle and English-speaking tour guide service are included. Full day guided historical trip of the must-see attractions in Xian Visit the world-famous Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum Choose your preferred city sites to continue in the afternoon Lunch and entrance fee at your expense for maximum flexibility Enjoy the most flexibility with a private tour guide and driver
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$108.00
Price varies by group size
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US$108.00
Price varies by group size
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Xi'an Architectural Wonders Private Day Tour

Xi'an Architectural Wonders Private Day Tour

Most tourists know Xi’an for its ancient, legendary Terracotta Warriors, but there’s much more to the city’s rich history than just that one landmark. Save time researching and organizing transport with this day trip around several of the city’s historic and cultural attractions. Spend the day exploring centuries-old buildings like the Great Mosque of Xi’an (the largest mosque in China), and the Bell and Drum Towers, then discover hundreds of thousands of ancient relics and art pieces at the Shaanxi History Museum.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$163.08
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From
US$163.08
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Xi'an Ancient Capital Walking Tour

Xi'an Ancient Capital Walking Tour

Explore Xi’an on a full-day tour with an experienced guide, walking and taking public transportation to experience the city up close. See the ancient City Wall, then head to the downtown area to roam from South Avenue (Nan Da Jie) to the Bell Tower. Head to the Drum Tower, then meander down the small street of Hua Jue Xiang and browse the shops. See the Great Mosque and have lunch in the Muslim quarter before visiting Big Wild Goose Pagoda and, if time allows, Shaanxi History Museum.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$89.75
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US$89.75

Xi'an Private Tour: Small Wild Goose Pagoda and Great Mosque

Xi'an Private Tour: Small Wild Goose Pagoda and Great Mosque

Visit the Small Wild Goose Pagoda and Great Mosque — two of Xi'an’s most notable religious sights — on this private full-day tour. Discover the 8th-century Small Wild Goose Pagoda, an important Tang dynasty Buddhist repository. Then, admire the Great Mosque, another 8th-century ensemble, famous for its Chinese-Arabian-style courtyards and pavilions. If there’s time afterward, finish by souvenir shopping in Xian’s Muslim Quarter bazaar. Central hotel pickup and drop-off and entrance fees included.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$106.50
Price varies by group size
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US$106.50
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All Inclusive Private 2-Day Tour of Xi'an City Highlights with Accommodation

All Inclusive Private 2-Day Tour of Xi'an City Highlights with Accommodation

Explore highlights of stunning Xi'an in just two days on this private customized tour. Your friendly and knowledgeable private guide will give you a comprehensive overview of this fascinating city, its local community and cuisine. See Xi'an highlights from Terracotta Warriors to City Wall to temples and markets. Travel at your own pace, and stop to snap photos, grab a souvenir or explore. Xi'an City is at your fingertips on this private tour! Tour including entrance fee, lunch, overnight accommodation, English speaking tour guide and private vehicle.
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  • 2 days
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US$428.00
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US$428.00
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Private Lanzhou 2 Day Bullet Train Trip to Discover Xi'an City Highlights

Private Lanzhou 2 Day Bullet Train Trip to Discover Xi'an City Highlights

Explore highlights of stunning Xi'an in just two days on this trip from Lanzhou by bullet train. You’ll fly to Xi'an and be greeted by a professional guide who will help you design the perfect itinerary for 2 days, see Xi'an highlights from Terracotta Warriors to City Wall to temples and markets. Travel at your own pace, and stop to snap photos, grab a souvenir or explore. Xi'an City is at your fingertips on this private tour! You can choose to finish your tour in Xi'an or return Lanzhou. Tour including train tickets, entrance fee, lunch, overnight accommodation, English speaking tour guide and private vehicle.
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  • 2 days
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US$498.00
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US$498.00
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Private Xi'an Day Tour Customizable in Your Way

Private Xi'an Day Tour Customizable in Your Way

Private customized Xi’an highlights 8-Hour tour, flexible itinerary based on your interests and situation . No need to plan in advance: Decide your sightseeing schedule as you go. Customizable private tour of Terra-cotta Army and two other sights OR city 3-4 attractions . Door-to door pick up and drop off service , knowledgable guide accompany , pick up time flexible , private experienced driver ,hotel pick up and drop off included .
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$105.00
Price varies by group size
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US$105.00
Price varies by group size

Xian City Walk of Ming Dynasty Discovery

Xian City Walk of Ming Dynasty Discovery

The ancient capital city Xian became the capital of Ming Dynasty in 1369 and gained its current name officially. From the next year, the current City Wall has been constructed. This is a customized city walk tour of Ming Dynasty Discovery in Xian, walk to explore the most famous historical heritages of Ming, like ancient City Wall, Bell Tower, Drum Tower, Gao Grand Courtyard, Muslim Street and City God Temple, you will experience and gain more information of this glorious ancient Ming Empire. Have a full day Xian city walk with local expert tour guide Discover the historical relics of Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) Visit the most famous historical heritages of Ming Dynasty Gain more information of glorious ancient Empire Ming Private tour is operated with just your party exclusively
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$168.00
Price varies by group size
From
US$168.00
Price varies by group size
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