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Xian Drum Tower (Video)

Xian Drum Tower is one of the famous attractions at the Ancient Capital Xian, a must visit place for a tourist. I visited Xian Drum Tower this summer, here are some photos and summary for the visit.

Scroll down to watch the video for Xian drum tower and drum performance.  

How To Get There

The Drum Tower is located at the city centre, actually within the Xian City Wall. It is very easy to find, if you arrive Xian by flight, there is an airport shuttle can directly take you to Drum Tower (which is the final stop). Once the shuttle arrives, you will see the Drum Tower is just at opposite side of the road.

I stayed in the hotel just opposite the Drum Tower, it has s a nice view of the tower. The night view is even better :)

China Xian Drum Tower Night View
China Xian Drum Tower Night View
China Xian Drum Tower.

When you get close to the tower, you can see there are huge drums located at the first floor, with the red lamp hanging on the tower edge.

China Xian Drum Tower Left View.
China Xian Drum Tower Left View.
China Xian Drum Tower Left View.

This is the view from the right side.

China Xian Drum Tower Right View.
China Xian Drum Tower Right View.

Before entering, here is some introduction for the history for drum tower.

China Xian Drum Tower History Introduction.

Once reached the first floor, so many drums :)  

China Xian Drum Tower.

After paying attention, I noticed there were two types of drums. One type is medium-sized, total 24, line up along two sides of the tower, each side 12.

On the surface, it has the Chinese characters, which shows twenty four traditional Chinese "Jie Qi" (seasonal segments).

Drums at China Xian Drum Tower.
Drums at China Xian Drum Tower.
Drums at China Xian Drum Tower

Another type of drum has a much bigger size, about one man tall.

Nightwatch Drum at China Xian Drum Tower.

The introduction under the drum says that it is called the Night Watchman’s Drum. This is kind of drum that the night watchman to beat for reminding people of the five two-hour periods into which the night was formerly divided.

According to the ancient tradition, the drum should be stuck three times per night, first one was around 19-21 o’clock, which was a signal to close the city gate.

The second one was around 22 to 24 at midnight, which was used to warn the citizen for the safety. The last one was around 5-7 o’clock, the city gate and palace doors would be opened in turn at that time.

As a counterpart of the drum, a bell was struck during the daytime, thus comes the saying “morning bell and dusk drum”. You can see the Bell Tower clearly from the Drum Tower. 

China Xian Bell Tower.

Inside Xian Drum Tower, there is a small drum museum.

The drum museum inside Drum Tower.

It also has a small stage, which presents a drum performance several times per day. I was lucky to be there around 4pm and got the chance to watch the drum show. The show lasted about 15-20 minutes.

I have edited a video, including some Xian drum tower photos and drum performance. You can watch it by scrolling down to the end of this post or watch it in my Youtube channel.

China Xian Drum Tower Stage

Following the stairs, you can also go to the top level of tower.

China Xian Drum Tower Stairs.

Looking down, you can see the Xian Muslim Street, famous local food street. You can find more about Xian Muslim street food here.

View of Xian Muslim Food Street from Drum Tower.

At the top level, you can have a panoramic view of the city. 

China Xian Drum Tower Top level

The shops at nearby street, which appear to be very traditional.

Shops Near Xian Drum Tower.

This is the hotel I stayed, just opposite the Drum Tower.

China Xian Melody Hotel.

If you just walk through the tower, half hour should be enough. The ticket is 35RMB, but if you buy a set ticket for both drum tower and bell tower, it is 50RMB. (This was the price at 2014 summer.).

Hope you find the information for Xian Drum Tower helpful, don’t forget to share with friends and like it in Facebook :)

If you like this post, you may also like my other posts Xian Two DIY and Xian Muslim Street Food.  

(post: 10/12/2014; Update: 06/03/17)

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