Bell Tower & Drum Tower, Xi’An, China

We stayed across the road in the Airbnb accommodation and had a great view of the Bell Tower. This Bell Tower is impressive and beautiful during the day, where it is at the center of a traffic roundabout, surrounded by colorful flowers but at night, it is beautifully lit up. The entrance to the Bell Tower is in the underpass. You may get your combination entrance ticket (Bell Tower and Drum Tower).

Bell Tower (Day View)


Bell Tower (Night View)IMG_20180505_191410_HDR

The Bell Tower and the Drum Tower are located at walking distance from each other. There is a park near these two towers where beautiful flowers and plants grow.


The Bell Tower dates back 1384 during the early Ming Dynasty when it was used to keep time during the day, while the nearby Drum Tower kept time at night. The both Towers lights up like heaven and the picturesque is so postcard and give good views of each other and the surrounding streets.

Magnificent Buildings and Starbucks

Along the path, there are many shops and stalls selling all kinds of merchandise and local delicacies. The surrounding areas are crowded local shoppers and tourists.


Drum Tower 

The Bell Tower and Drum Tower is within easy walking distance to the Muslim quarters. You can get great food and souvenirs there. Remember to bargain. You can really get a good deal.


It’s enjoyable to wander and view the variety of drums. Inside the Drum Tower on second floor, there is a drum museum with a variety of drums on display and some dated back thousands of years. It is really interesting to know that different drums, sound form the drums are for different purpose. There is also a showcase of the old pictures of the drum tower, and the range of drums throughout the centuries and of different lands inside the drum tower.

On the upper level are the display of furniture of different made of wood. Admire the carvings and the screens, the displays, the lanterns. It is really amazing that any simple equipment can be made drum. Worth visiting especially those who like drumming.

If you have time, go there twice. Once during the day and once at night and simply breath-taking.

Visiting information:

Admission Fee Drum Tower only: CNY 35
Bell Tower only: CNY 35
Joint ticket of Bell and Drum Tower: CNY 50
Opening Hours March 26-October 25: 08:30-21:00 (Ticket selling stops at 20:30.)
October 26-next March 25: 08:30-18:00 (Ticket selling stops at 17:30.)
Drum Musical Performance Timetable 09:30, 10:15, 11:00, 11:45, 14:00, 14:45, 15:30, 16:20
Recommended Time for a Visit One hour

Note: Children under 1.4 m (4.6 ft) can enter for free when accompanied by an adult.


How to get to Bell Tower & Drum Tower

  • By Subway:

    Take Metro Line 2 and get off at Zhonglou (Bell Tower) Station. Get out from Exit B. Walk towards west for around 6 minutes.
  • By Bus:
    Take bus No. 7, 15, 32, 205, 215, 221, 222, 251, 252, 612, 618 or Tourist Line 8 (No. 610) and get off at Zhonglou Xi (Bell Tower West) Station.