Bizarrely located on a roundabout in the centre of the old part of the city, the Bell Tower traditionally sounded the start of the day in ancient Chinese walled cities. These cities have both Drum and Bell towers located right down their central axis, originally responsible for ensuring citizens knew the times of curfew.
Unfortunately we visited a little too late in the afternoon to go inside, but just admiring the outside we were very impressed by the detailed roofs and impressive presence. I also loved the modern touches – gentle lighting around the building in the evening and bright red lanterns, which add a real sense of what the Bell Tower was in ancient times. Apparently, visitors can see views over the old city and have a close look at ancient bronze-cast bells.
Ticket: 35 RMB (or 50 RMB combination ticket with the Drum Tower)