Originally used for telling and communicating the time, twin bell and drum towers are found in most cities across China. Those in Beijing are certainly among the most impressive, standing tall and strong despite their age.
The Bell Tower
This two story high tower offers fantastic views over the nearby area, including a great photo opportunity of the Drum Tower. Inside, the largest and heaviest bronze bell in China is supported on a wooden frame. Two logs carved into dragon heads can be used to ring the bell.
The Drum Tower
Located just south of the Bell Tower, the Drum Tower is similar in size and architectural style. A steep, narrow staircase brings you up to the top floor, where 25 drums are on display – including one original. There is also a small museum of timekeeping around the back of the main staircase.