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Drum Tower (Gulou)

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Built in 1384, this imposing tower was rebuilt after the 1949 Communist revolution.
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The Southern of Xi'an West Main Street Beiyuanmen,, Xi'an 710003, China
+86 173 6014 1905
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Just a few blocks from the bell tower is the drum tower. You can view the large drums in the tower to alert the city in the old days. Views are good from above and the tower is lit up at night. Minor cost to...More

Thank Gordon T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A tower that has good views of the city and a few drums around the outside and inside of the tower,quick to visit

Thank Flitz8
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's a large, spectacular tower located next to the Muslim Quarter. Well worth an evening visit when it is lit up, and its beauty enhanced. Best photos are from an oblique angle, as trees block the view of the immediate front and back of the...More

Thank Paul S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is beautiful when going at night as it is lit up. It’s also right next to Muslim Street. Plan for two hours for both.

Thank RockiesResident
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Drum Tower is another beautifully lit Xi’an building. We stopped here on our night tour of the city. Be sure to take your camera and lots of memory - you’ll want to take photographs galore. A must-see in Xi’an.

Thank StephenGlobeTrotter
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The drum tower is very pretty, especially at night when it’s lit up, but there’s not much more to see from the inside. To do both towers, the Drum and Bell (5min walk from one another) it costs 50yuan. Access to entrance is via the...More

Thank sarahu1981
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I really enjoyed the visit to the tower. At the top there are many beautiful furniture on display. On the second floor there is an exhibition with drums in all shapes and forms. Here they also perform an excellent drum show. The tower is very...More

Thank Inger H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Drum towers in Chinese cities seem to be very similar. Different shapes but similar architecture and drumming displays. If you haven't been in one, they are definitely worth a look and the displays are well worth catching. Visually, at night, they look amazing in Xian.

Thank Iain K
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

It is Beautiful at night and in the day.t is a Worth visit when they are having the drum playing at set times. There is normal entrance fees. Here you can see the antique Chinese furniture and enjoy the views.

Thank rashu23
Reviewed 17 October 2018

Very ornate building and well preserved. The restoration was nicely done. Nice place to visit and climb to the top. There are some artifacts inside the tower. It is located in front of the Muslim Quarters.

Thank Betty C
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31 January 2017|
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Response from Daniel A | Reviewed this property |
I found my pic on Tripadvisor. The performance times are 9:10, 10:00, 11:00, 15:00, 16:00 and 17:00. Be 30 minutes early as seats are very limited.
13 December 2016|
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Response from jtrabue |
I thought I would follow this up... obviously I checked the various websites for this attraction and got contradictory information. That's why I was asking for clarification here. Anyway, I just got back from Xi'an and both... More