Drum Tower & Bell Tower
Repeatedly destroyed and restored, the Drum Tower originally marked the centre of the old Mongol capital. The drums of this later Ming-dynasty version were beaten to mark the hours of the day. Stagger up the incredibly steep steps for impressive views over Běijīng's hútòng rooftops. Drum performances are given hourly from 9.30am to 11.30am and from 1.30pm to 4.50pm.