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China Drum and Bell Towers

From Yuan to Qing dynasty, Bells were used to announce time in the day while Drums were used at night. Another function was to sound alarm in an emergency. The towers were built to house them and were usually one of the tallest building in the ancient city.

This is a list of some of the Bell and Drum Towers across China.

North China:
East China:
Northeast China:
Central China:
South China:
Southwest China:
Northwest China:

Beijing

Region:
North China

Beijing Bell Tower

Bell Tower together with Drum tower lies along the central axis of the city. Both Towers were built in 1272 and used to announce time from the Yuan dynasty till 1924. The Bell Tower is 47.9m high and has the largest and heaviest bell in China.

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Location: Dongcheng District

Province: Beijing Municipality

Beijing Drum Tower

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Location: Dongcheng District

Province: Beijing Municipality

Mihong Park Drum Tower

The original drum tower, built in 1443, was the tallest building in the ancient city of Miyun during the the Ming Dynasty. This is a reconstructed tower.

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Location: District

Province: Beijing Municipality

Baoding City

Region:
North China

Baoding Bell Tower

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Location: Baoding City centre

Province: Hebei Province

Baoding Bell Tower

Nanjing City

Region:
East China

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Location: Nanjing City Golou District

Province: Jiangsu Province

Jingjiang City

Region:
East China

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Location: Jingjiang City centre

Province: Jiangsu Province

Jinan City

Region:
East China

Site of Ming Dynasty Drum Tower

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Location: Jinan City Lixia District

Province: Shandong Province

Qufu City

Region:
East China

Qufu Drum Tower

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Location: Qufu City centre

Province: Shandong Province

Hangzhou City

Region:
East China

Drum Tower

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Location: Hangzhou City centre Shangcheng District

Province: Zhejiang Province

Putian City

Region:
East China

Putian Drum Tower

The only remaining drum tower in Fujian province.

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Location: Putian City centre

Province: Fujian Province

Fengyang County

Region:
East China

Fengyang County Drum Tower

The stone foundation was constructed in 1375. The wooden drum tower was destroyed and reconstructed several times. The current drum tower was constructed in 1995. The stone foundation of the drum tower is the largest in China.

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Location: Fengyang County, Chuzhou Prefecture

Province: Anhui Province

Xian City

Region:
Northwest China

Xian Drum Tower

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Location: Xian City Lianhu District

Province: Shaanxi Province

Xian Bell Tower

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Location: Xian City centre

Province: Shaanxi Province

Yulin City

Region:
Northwest China

Yulin Bell Tower

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Location: Yulin City centre

Province: Shaanxi Province

Yulin Drum Tower

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Location: Yulin City centre

Province: Shaanxi Province

Yinchuan City

Region:
Northwest China

Yinchuan Drum Tower

Tower was built in 1821 and re-built in 1908.

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Location: Yunchuan City centre

Province: Ningxia Province

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