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Drum Tower

Drum Tower Travel Guide

Built during the Ming dynasty (1380 A.D.), the Drum Tower is located to the north of West Street. It is a very solemn and magnificent classical building within Xian city. Drum Tower and Bell Tower are regarded as "sister buildings" or "morning bell and dark drum".

Its blue brick foundation covers an area of 18,043 square meters. The wooden tower itself has two stories with three layers of eaves, and each story has seven rooms and a green glazed tile roof. Originally, above the southern eave there was a plaque with the inscription, "Splendid Civil and Military Place" in big letters, and above the northern eave there was a plaque inscribed Sound Can Be Heard in the Sky in gold letters.

The Drum Tower is smaller than the Bell Tower. However, it is just southeast of the Great Mosque and marks the entrance to the Moslem quarter of Xian.

The architecture style of the Drum Tower is a combination of the styles of the Tang Dynasty and the Qing Dynasty. However, the Drum Tower also has some innovative features that there is no iron nail used anywhere in the Drum Tower.

Today, the Drum Tower is not used as a timer as before, but there are some new attractions for visitors to enjoy. In 1996, the biggest drum in China, covered by a whole piece of cowhide was given a place on the Drum Tower. What´s more, visitors will enjoy musical performances on the Drum Tower. These performances will enlighten one on the power of ancient Chinese culture.

DCT Tips:

When you finish visiting the Drum Tower, you may round off your trip, by tasting a number of delicious snacks of Shaanxi in the Moslem Street (Huimin Jie) adjacent to the Drum Tower.

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