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Xian Bell Tower and Drum Tower

 Xian Attractions

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Introduction to Xian Bell and Drum Tower

A historic tour to Xian usually includes trips to the famous Bell Tower and Drum Tower. The Bell Tower and Drum Tower that is located at the center of Xian are symbols of the city. These two architectures are both built during the Ming Dynasty and when standing on the towers you will get beautiful panoramic views of Xian city.

The Bell Tower was constructed in 1384 during the early Ming Dynasty and it is one of the grandest of its kind in China. Structured by brick and timber, the Bell Tower was built to be as high as 40 meters with an occupation of 1,377 square meters. The Bell Tower is a masterpiece of Ming styled architectures with its three layers of eaves decorated with dark green glazed tiles and gold-plating on the roof. Gilded color paintings and beautiful engravings are also founded to add the style of the Bell Tower.

The Drum Tower, located northwest of the Bell Tower, was originally built in 1380 during the early Ming Dynasty and renovated twice in Qing Dynasty. Drum Tower got its name because of the huge drum situated within the tower, which was beat at sunset to indicate the end of the day and also used as an alarm in emergency situations. The Bell Tower was constructed in the panel structure with two storey posts. There is also a Drum Museum inside the Drum Tower, where there are a large variety of drums. As the largest and best preserved bell tower in China, Xian Bell Tower is really worth visiting.

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Lianhu District, Xian

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Main Sights

Drum Museum, Bronze Bells, Museum of Porcelain

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Travel Information

Admission Fee: 50 Yuan (Bell and Drum Tower), 35 Yuan (Bell Tower), 35 Yuan (Drum Tower)
Opening Hours: April 1 to October 25: 8:30AM - 9:30PM (1 Apr-25 Oct), 8:30AM - 6:00PM (26 Oct-31 Mar)
Best Time to Visit: Xian Bell and Drum Tower are suitable to visit all year round.

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1. Take Subway Line 2 getting off at Bell Tower Station, leave the station via Exit B.

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Travel Tips 

1. Try to avoid visiting during the summer holidays and Golden Week in October as it will be extremely crowded.


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