The Bell and Drum Tower

The Bell and Drum Tower

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The Bell and Drum Tower

Introduction: IntroductionThe Bell and Drum Tower is situated o­n the Outer Di'anmen Avenue, Dongch..

Tickets:The Bell and Drum Tower fee and opening hoursAdmission 20yuan, 10yuan/studentOpening hours 9

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The Bell and Drum Tower Introduction

Introduction
The Bell and Drum Tower is situated o­n the Outer Di'anmen Avenue, Dongcheng District. It used to be the national time service center in three dynasties–Yuan, Ming, and Qing, when it would issue the standard Beijing time every day. Well preserved, it is important for research into the layout of the ancient capital and bell and drum towers. As a landmark of Beijing in ancient times, the tower is composed of two parts–the bell tower in the north and the drum tower in the south. It covers an area of some 13,000 square meters. The bell tower was first built in 1271, or the 9th year of Zhiyuan reign in the Yuan Dynasty, and was rebuilt in 1420, or the 18th year of Emperor Yongle’s reign in the Ming Dynasty. The present building was completed in 1747, or the 12th year of Qianlong. It is 47.9 meters high, with a double-eave roof covered with black glazed tiles and framed with green o­nes. It is the o­nly large beamless arch building fully made of brick and stone that remains in China. It is a masterpiece of blending architecture and acoustics among ancient Chinese buildings. o­n its second floor is hung a 63-ton bronze bell made in Emperor Yongle’s reign in the Ming Dynasty, known as the King of Ancient Bells. It is important for research into ancient metallurgy and techniques of making large bronze wares.

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Highlights
The drum tower, originally named Qizheng Tower, was first built in 1272 and rebuilt in 1420. The present building was built in 1539, or the 18th year of Emperor Jiajing’s reign in the Ming Dynasty. It is 46.7 meters high, with a triple eave roof covered with gray pipe tiles and framed with green glazed tiles. It is a large brick-and-wood building, and the largest of its kind in China. o­n its second floor there used to be 25 night-watch drums. A large drum stands for the year, while 24 smaller o­nes stand for the 24 solar terms. All the smaller o­nes have been lost, and now o­nly the biggest o­ne remains. Its surface, with a diameter of about 1.5 meters, is made of a whole cowhide. The scars o­n it were left by Japanese soldiers when the Eight Power Allied Force invaded Beijing. Also lost is a bronze chronograph. The bell and drum had provided time service for 652 years.

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The Bell and Drum Tower fee and opening hours
Admission 20yuan, 10yuan/student
Opening hours 9:00-16:30

The Bell and Drum Tower Transporation

Traffic
By bus 1、3、11、16、20、24、25、28、31、33、34、35、38、46、47、52、100

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