Drum and Bell Towers
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The Heart of Old Beijing
Located on the central axis of Beijing, the Drum and Bell Towers once kept time for locals, signaling when the heavy gates of the city wall would shut for the night. The drum kept hours for the night; the bell rang out during the daylight hours. Climb up the Drum Tower for a 10-minute demonstration once an hour from 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-4:30 p.m. Views from both the Drum and Bell Towers are spectacular provided it is a blue sky day, though steps are steep. During the morning and evening hours, the plaza between the towers gets crowded with locals dancing, singing, and playing games.
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