The Bell and the Drum Tower
The Bell Tower in Xi'an is situated in the very heart of the city and at the junction of four main roads. The original city
Bell Tower was situated to the west of this site and the present construction was built in 1582 and restored in 1739.
There is a huge bell hanging on the roof of the tower which was traditionally used to tell the time; there are other smaller bells on exhibit in the tower. Today, the Tower can only be accessed from the Subway on Bei Dajie Avenue where visitors must also buy their tickets.
To the west of the
Bell Tower is the Drum Tower. This is a smaller building, situated in a lively street which is filled with traders and hawkers. This tower marks the entrance to the city's Muslim Quarter which is a lovely area to wander and observe. The felling here is almost of a "city within a city" and the streets around this district heading up to the Mosque are like a small village crammed with people selling all kinds of weird and wonderful things.
How to get there : Both the towers are in the center of town. Walk the subway to Bei Dajie.
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