The Drum Tower of Xi’an is located in the heart of Xi’an in Shaanxi province of China, along with the Bell Tower it is a symbol of the city.

It was erected in 1380, also during the Ming Dynasty. The Drum Tower got its name from the huge drum hung within it. The bell was struck at dawn and the drum was beaten at sunset to indicate the end of the day.

It is a two-story post and panel structure, 34 meters high, 52.6 meters long, and 38 meters wide. The architectural style of the Drum Tower is a combination of the styles of the Tang and Qing Dynasties. The Drum Tower also has some unique and innovative features. For example, there are no iron nails used anywhere in the Drum Tower.

Visitors can go upstairs to the second floor and enjoy a panoramic view of the Xi’an city. While exploring the tower, you will notice that there are twenty-four drums in the north and south sides of the Drum Tower. These drums stand for the Twenty-four Solar Terms, which is a kind of weather calendar created by ancient Chinese in order to guide agricultural production.

Daily available between 09:00-18:00
Address: city center
Ticket Price (in RMB):  30 in peak season, 20 in dull season

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