Bell and Drum Towers
Bells and drums were originally used as musical instruments in China. Later they were used for telling time.
Lying to the north of Beijing-south axis line in the Dongcheng District, the bell and drum towers are prominent landmarks symbolizing the ancient capital city. Both structures were built in 1272 under the reign of Kublai Khan during the Yuan Dynasty. These towers stood at the very heart of the Yuan capital, known as Dadu. At one period in history they were the time-telling center of the capital city during the Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties (1271-1911).
In both the Drum and Bell Towers, visitors climb steep stairways to the top to have a panoramic look out over the city. Drum performances take place every hour in the Drum Tower.
Address: Drum Tower Street, Beijing
Bus Route: Bus No. 5, 60, 107, 124, 815, 819, 843 or subway to Drum Tower Street, and then walk southwards
Hours of Operation: 9:00-17:00
Nearby Sights: ShiChaHai Scenic Area, Guozijian, Temple of Confucius, Palace of Harmony, Luogu South Lane Siheyuan under protection
Admission: 15 yuan for the Bell Tower; 20 yuan for the Drum Tower
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