Drum and Bell Towers 4.5 rating

  Cultural Attractions

The drum tower was originally built in 1272 and reconstructed at a new location in 1800. The bell tower is build around 1700. Being situated straight north from the Forbidden City, Tiananmen and Qianmen Street, they are on the central north-south axis of Beijing. Originally, the towers were used to play music and later on to tell the Beijingers the time. Now they houses a 63-ton ancient copper bell and a number of ancient/replica drums. Free guides start tours at specific times, and the Drum Tower also has performances every hour or so (usually around half-past). There are great views from the top of the towers, but be prepared to hike up the 60+ (very steep!) steps.

 Hours 
Sun
9:00
17:30
Mon
9:00
17:30
Tue
9:00
17:30
Wed
9:00
17:30
Thu
9:00
17:30
Fri
9:00
17:30
Sat
9:00
17:30
About Drum and Bell Towers

 Di'anmen Street

 +86 10 6401 26

Drum and Bell Towers and Nearby Attractions on Map

Nearby Attractions km / mile
Forbidden City

Forbidden City(2.7 km)
The Forbidden City, also known as the Palace Museum, is the imperial palace of the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties, a grand-standing symbol of the might and stateliness of their court.

Imperial Ancestral Temple

Imperial Ancestral Temple(2.7 km)
The Imperial Ancestral Temple is where sacrificial ceremonies were held to honor the imperial family's ancestors during the Ming and Qing Dynasties.

National Art Museum of China
Jingshan Park

Jingshan Park(1.1 km)

Houhai

Houhai(1 km)

Beihai Park

Beihai Park(1.1 km)
Beihai Park is one of the oldest, largest and best-preserved ancient imperial gardens in China, dating back to the 11th century.

Zhongshan Park

Zhongshan Park(2.4 km)
Beautifully landscaped park with lots of trees and bamboo.

Imperial City Art Museum

Imperial City Art Museum(3 km)
The Imperial City was the Manchu city that surrounded the Forbidden City during the Qing dynasty.

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