Drum Tower & Dongcheng North attractions

Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Drum Tower & Dongcheng North

Lama Temple

Converted from a princely residence to a lamasery in the 18th century, the Lama Temple extends through a crescendo of ever more divine halls in a whirl of incense and prayer wheels to its astonishing finale, an 18m-…
Top Choice Historic Site in Drum Tower & Dongcheng North

Drum Tower

Venerable bastions of time-keeping, the Drum Tower and its counterpart the Bell Tower were for centuries the tallest buildings in Beijing, lording it over the surrounding hutong. Up in the 46m-high tower, the great …
Confucian Temple in Drum Tower & Dongcheng North

Confucius Temple & Imperial College

An incense stick’s toss away from the Lama Temple, China’s second-largest Confucian temple is a haven of scholarly calm and contemplation. Come to wander between the towering stone stelae mounted on the backs of myt…
Historic Site in Drum Tower & Dongcheng North

Bell Tower

The restrained, grey-stone edifice of the Bell Tower (Zhonglou) is arguably even more charming than its resplendent other half, the Drum Tower (Gulou), after which this area of Beijing is casually named. You can mou…
Museum in Drum Tower & Dongcheng North

Overseas Chinese History Museum

Charting the history of Chinese emigration from the era of the Silk Road to the present day, this is a terrific museum with full English captions throughout. Diorama-rich exhibits celebrate the plucky Chinese diaspo…
Park in Drum Tower & Dongcheng North

Ditan Park

Beijing is surrounded by four heavenly altars, or tán, and Dìtán (Altar of the Earth), situated in the north within grounds that are today a public park, is one of them. A square, open-air platform, the altar was wh…
Street in Drum Tower & Dongcheng North

Nánluógǔ Xiàng

Beijing's most touristy hutong, Nanluogu Xiang is a north–south strip of snack stalls, small food courts, souvenir shops and more people than you can possibly imagine crowding onto a single street. The main reason t…
Historic Building in Drum Tower & Dongcheng North

Mao Dun's Former Residence

This largely renovated residence was the home of Mao Dun, the pen name of Shen Yanbing (1896–1981), a well-known author. He lived at the back courtyard here from 1974 until his death. His best-known works are Spring…
Historic Building in Drum Tower & Dongcheng North

Duan Qirui Former Government Building

This imposing slab of Republic-era architecture, complete with brick clock tower, is the former headquarters and residence of Duan Qirui, a warlord who became the de facto ruler of China briefly during the upheaval …
Museum in Drum Tower & Dongcheng North

Qi Baishi's Former Residence

Known for the whimsical, often playful style of his watercolours, Qi Baishi (1864–1957) was an influential Chinese painter who lived in Beijing from 1917 onwards. Rooms in this renovated courtyard recreate his livin…