Drum Tower Drum Tower is located northwest of the Bell Tower of Xi’an and is located across between the Bell Drum Tower Square. Drum Tower Square. Both are referred to as the’sister buildings or’morning bell’ and the dark drum’. In the early days of China particularly during to the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368), the drums were used announce the end of the day and were also utilized as alarms in times of emergency.
It was built in the year 1380, during the reign of the Emperor Hongwu who was part of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), and was reconstructed twice between 1699 and 1740 under the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). It is a two-storied structure and panel structure that is with a height of 34 metres (about 112 feet) tall as well as 52.6 metres (about 172 feet) in length across the east-west axis, as and 38 meters (about 124 feet) across between north and south. The architectural style that is The Drum Tower is a combination of styles from the Tang Dynasty (618-907) and the Qing Dynasty. It also includes several unique aspects. For instance, it must be mentioned that there’s no iron nail in any place inside the Tower.
On arrival, you will notice the arch-shaped doorway that runs through the middle of the north and south walls. The doorway measures six metres (about twenty feet) in the width and height. The north entrance is into Beiyuan Men and south to the West Avenue. Visitors can ascend to the second floor and admire the views of and around the Drum Tower. On the second floor is a display on the drum culture that will help you learn the basics of drums. In addition, you’ll be able to see that there are 24 drums on the north and south areas. They are the symbol for The Twenty-four Solar Terms, which is a sort of calendar for weather created by the Chinese ancients to control the production of agricultural crops.
The Drum Tower is not used for timers anymore however there are exciting new things that visitors can enjoy. In 1996, a brand new drum that was covered with an entire piece of cowhide was placed in the Tower. It is the largest drum in China currently. Visitors can enjoy live performances inside the drum. These performances will shed light on the importance of old Chinese culture.
After you have visited The Drum Tower, you may complete your visit by sampling a variety of tasty snacks from Shaanxi within Shaanxi, which is located in the Muslim Quarter adjacent to it.