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Beijing Bell and Drum Tower: China’s Ancient Time Teller

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(13 reviews)
Beijing, Beijing, China
45 mins
Tip-Supported

About the tour

The Beijing Bell and Drum Tower were built in 1272 and rebuilt twice after two fires. In ancient China, the bells and drums were musical instruments, later, they were used by the government and communities to announce the time. In the morning, the bell was struck to tell people to get up to work and, in the evening, the drum was struck to tell people to go home and rest. Before the modern era, they both dominated Beijing's ancient skyline. These historic landmarks offer exceptional views of Beijing while learning about some of the city’s history and culture. If we time it right, you will enjoy a traditional drum-beating show that demonstrates how the towers were used to communicate time and events in ancient China. What is more, our guide will show you a local authentic Hutong or a daily fresh food market if time allows. Join our guide for this interactive experience.


Meet Jenny's China Tours

Jenny's China Tours

Jenny’s China Tours provides custom and private tours to Shanghai, Beijing, Xi'an, Chengdu, Guilin and throughout China. Our guides are China experts, speak great English and love sharing the history and culture of China with visitors. We have been delighted to share different parts of China virtually with new friends. We look forward to your visit. Meet our guides: • Cassie: Our Chengdu expert was born in Chengdu and shares the life of Pandas, city culture and history with energy and enthusiasm. She has been an expert guide since 2013 and loves travel, public speaking and meeting people from different cultures. • Alice: Probably our most outgoing guide, Alice is our Shanghai expert and goes above and beyond with every tour to make sure customers are happy and fulfilled. An avid traveller, she is the consummate professional and is always eager to share the history and culture of Shanghai. • Amber: Our Beijing expert became a tour guide after graduating college and has a passion for travel and is always planning her next trip. She delights in sharing the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the culture of Beijing. • Susan: Our expert Chengdu guide loves sharing Chengdu culture and history with visitors. She also has a passion for reading and has visited over 20 countries! This has helped her understand each country’s unique culture. • Apple: You won’t meet a more optimistic guide than our Shanghai expert Apple. As a local Shanghainese, she shares the city’s rapid ascent to modernity along with historic treasures of the Bund, Tianzifang and old Shanghai. • Eva: Our Xi’an expert is a master guide with over 16 years of experience and loves sharing the history of Xi’an’s Terra Cotta Warriors, the last standing city wall all of Xi’an’s famous spots. She never misses a question and eager to share. • Sally: As a native Xi’an resident, Sally is an expert on her hometown and enjoys sharing its history and secrets. As a guide of over 20 years and a degree from Xi’an Foreign Language University, you won’t find a better ambassador to get to know Xi’an. • Yvonne: Our Guilin expert, Yvonne, used to be a translator before becoming a guide with over 15 years of experience now. With impeccable English and knowledge of Guilin, she lovers showing the amazing sights and history of this unique region of China. •Lee: Lee lives in a province called Qinghai in North Western China. his hometown is located at an intersection between the ancient Silk Road and the Tibetan plateau. It is rich in unique landscapes and diverse ethnic culture. Lee has worked as an interpreter and a guide specialising in adventure travel; he loves spending time in the natural world!


What to expect

Get ready for something special. We’re travelling to Beijing with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you’ll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and an amazing content creator.

The tour will last about 45 mins and will be live-streamed by your content creator directly from Beijing. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!

While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your content creator and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.


Why are they tip-supported?

We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to join, but you have the option to leave a tip during the tour.

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How to join

Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.

For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer using Google Chrome.


Reviews from travellers

DIANE P.

27 August 2021

Thanks!

Richard S.

25 August 2021

Amber always does an amazing tour! So cool to visit Beijing! Thank you Amber!

Tam T.

23 August 2021

Amber is very passionate, always trying to show you as much as possible during the 45 minute tours. She also responds to all of your questions. Thank you so much, Amber.

Lisa R.

22 August 2021

Amber did an excellent job explaining the location. It was great fun to see the drummers and then explore the old quarters. She did a great job explaining how and who people lived in the area historically. A wonderful tour.

Maria M.

22 August 2021

Very interesting tour. Thank you


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