Drum Tower of Xi'an

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Drum Tower of Xi'an
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General information
LocationXi'an, Shaanxi, China
Coordinates34°15′42″N 108°56′19″E / 34.26167°N 108.93861°E / 34.26167; 108.93861Coordinates: 34°15′42″N 108°56′19″E / 34.26167°N 108.93861°E / 34.26167; 108.93861

The Drum Tower of Xi'an (Chinese: 西安鼓楼), located in the heart of Xi'an in Shaanxi province of China, along with the Bell Tower is a symbol of the city. Erected in 1380 during the early Ming Dynasty, it stands towering above the city center and offers incredible view of Xi'an.

The Drum Tower got its name from the huge drum located within the building. In contrast to the Bell Tower, where bell was stricken at dawn, drum was beat at sunset to indicate the end of the day.

On the Drum Tower's first floor, lies a hall which hangs many large drums. Each was decorated with intrinsic and beautiful Chinese writing, which symbolizes good fortune. The impressive arrays of drums are only on show and visitors are not allowed to touch any of them. But there is an extra drum near the front entrance where visitors can pose for pictures for a small fee.

Inside the Drum Tower there is also a drum museum, where a variety of drums are on display, some of which can be dated back thousands of years. There is a drum show performed here every day. The top of the tower commands a panoramic view of the city.