Posted by: danielfee | May 22, 2013

Travel Photo of the Day 05-22-2013

Drum Tower - Xi'an, China

Drum Tower – Xi’an, China

Drum Tower - Xi'an, China

Drum Tower – Xi’an, China

The Drum Tower (Gulou) is located in the Muslim quarter within the city walls in the heart of Xi’an. It was erected in 1380 during the early Ming Dynasty. The Drum Tower got its name from the huge drum located within the building. In contrast to the Bell Tower, where the bell was struck at dawn, the drum was beat at sunset to indicate the end of the day. On the Drum Tower’s first floor is a hall with many large drums hanging on the walls. Each is 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. 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. From the top of the tower you have a panoramic view of the city.

 

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