Drum Tower

The Drum and Bell Towers of Beijing are two well-known travel attractions. Located at the Northern end of the central line of Beijing, they are a group of ancient buildings with grand and magnificent sights. The Bell Tower is located at the back and the Drum Tower is positioned at the front. Standing on the drum tower, you can not only have a bird view of the old city, but also enjoy the performance of drum beating. Te Bell Tower and Drum Tower were the central timepieces for Beijing in Ming and Qing Dynasties, with the bells beaten in the morning and the drums beaten at night. Since the New Year's Eve of 1990, the sweet sound of the bell that had disappeared for a long time began to ring out in Beijing.
Being drowsy for nearly a century, the drum was also beaten again on the New Year's Eve of 2001. It has been beaten four times a day, for 15 minutes at a time since January 1st in 2002. From then on, every New Year Eve, the drum is beaten with the bell 108 times to send a blessing to the people. The area of The Bell and Drum Towers has been flourishing since the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368), when they were just standing behind the imperial palace. Here are some guide information for your tour to Beijing Drum Tower: Admission Fee: CNY 15 (Bell Tower), CNY 20 (Drum Tower), Openning Hours: 09:00 –17:00. Contact Number: 86 -10 -85968802

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Question:I read from Beijing travel guide books that there are drum and bell tower in Beijing. Are they open for visitings and are they both worth the tour.

Answer:I suggest you pay a visit to the drum tower when you travel in Beijing. On the tower you can have a whole view of hutongs area, and the tower have drum beaten performance each half an hour in the afternoon is from 1:30 to 5pm, which is worth seeing. The Drum Tower stairs are very steep and long and not for anyone scared of heights or who has difficulty climbing stairs.