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)

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7 thoughts on “Xi’an – Bell Tower

  1. Nice! I don’t recall visiting the Bell Tower when I was in Xi’an almost eight years ago (maybe I did, but I’ve forgotten), but all the same, looks lovely! I would love to return someday. 🙂

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    1. Thanks! It does look very impressive from the outside – if you visit Xi’an again check it out 🙂 Although I’m not sure if paying to go inside is really worth it, you can appreciate the architecture from the outside. Most ancient Chinese cities (e.g. Beijing, Nanjing, etc.) have Drum and Bell Towers if you happen to visit elsewhere in China!
      How did you find Xi’an? Any particular places you enjoyed visiting?

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      1. I recall visiting the Terracotta Warriors, but that’s a common one for tourists. Otherwise, just strolling on the Ming Dynasty Wall was rewarding!

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      2. Ah, yes I loved the Terracotta Warriors! There’s also another tomb nearby called the Jingdi Tomb which we also visited – it’s similar but with smaller figures of animals/ people 🙂

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    1. Haha, good to know thanks! Yeah we guessed it was similar to the Drum Tower in terms of good views, but with a big bell instead of drums? Travelling so much is pretty exhausting, sometimes you can’t see everything 🙂

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