鼓楼 Each Ming city had a bell tower and a drum tower. If you are in Xi'an for more than a brief visit the Bell Tower is worth a visit. It is located adjacent from the Drum Tower and close to Muslim Street.
The Drum Tower is quite similar to the nearby Bell Tower, except for its rectangular shape. It was first built in 1380, and restored in 1669, 1739 and 1853. The brick base, on which the wooden structure is built, is 52.6 metres (172 feet) long, 38 metres (125 feet) wide and 7.7 metres (25 feet) high. A road goes straight through it, under a vaulted archway. The triple-roofed, two-storey wooden building is a further 25.3 metres (83 feet) high off its brick platform.
The second storey, which is surrounded by a parapet, is now splendidly restored like the Bell Tower, and is used as an antique shop and sometimes holds art exhibitions. It also houses a collection of a variety of drums in different shapes and sizes and made from different materials. There is an exhibition of Ming and Qing dynasty furniture on the third floor. A drum performance is given several times during the morning and the afternoon. The Drum Tower looks down on the irregular grey-tiled roofs of the Muslim quarter.
Average time for this activity (in hrs):
Hours: 9:00am until 5:30pm with last admission at 5:00pm
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