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The Bell Tower and the Drum Tower

The Bell Tower and the Drum Tower

The Bell Tower in Xi'an is in the heart of the city and at the junction of four main roads. The original city Bell Tower was  to the west of this site, while the present one was built in 1582 and later restored in 1739.

There is a huge bell hanging on the roof of the tower which was traditionally used to tell the time. Smaller bells were also on exhibit.

Today, the Tower can only be accessed by Subway on Bei Dajie where visitors must buy their tickets.

To the west of the Bell Tower is the Drum Tower. This is a smaller building, located in a lively street filled with street traders and hawkers. This tower marks the entrance to the city's Muslim Quarter which is a lovely area to wander and observe. The feeling here is that it is a "city within a city" and the streets around this district head up to a Mosque. It is like a small village crammed with people selling all kinds of weird and wonderful things.