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The Drum Tower, across Bell Tower and Drum Tower Square, to the northwest of the Bell Tower, is a similar structure to the Bell Tower. It was erected in 1380, also during the Ming Dynasty. The Drum Tower got its name from the huge drum hung within it. The bell was struck at dawn and the drum was beaten at sunset to indicate the end of the day.

On the outside of the Drum Tower at ground level hang many large drums. Each one is decorated with beautiful Chinese writing, which invokes good fortune. The impressive arrays of drums are only on show, and visitors are not allowed to beat any of them. However, there is a drum near the front entrance where you can have a try or pose for a picture for a small fee.

Inside the Drum Tower is a drum museum, where a variety of drums are on display, some of which can be dated back a thousands years. A kind of drum show is performed here everyday. The top of the tower commands a panoramic view of the city.

In modern times, the Drum Tower is not used as a timer any more, but there are some new attractions for visitors to enjoy. In the year of 1996, a new drum, covered by a whole piece of cowhide was given a place on the Drum Tower. It is the biggest drum in China at present. What is more, visitors will enjoy musical performances on the Drum Tower. These performances will enlighten one on the power of ancient Chinese culture.

When you finish visiting the Drum Tower, you may round off your trip, by tasting a number of delicious snacks of Shaanxi in the Moslem Street (Huimin Jie) adjacent to the Drum Tower.

Admission: the admission fee for Drum Tower is 27 yuan, and 40 yuan for Bell Tower and Drum Tower together.

Opening hours: It opens from 9 am to 5 pm.

How to get there: You can take Bus No.611, 603, 610 to Drum Tower.
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You can taste a number of delicious snacks of Shaanxi in the Moslem Street adjacent to the Drum Tower after your visit.

  • Average cost: 25RMB

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