The sound of drums – Beijing Drum tower

Beijing has several attractions. And one of them are Drum and Bell towers. Yes, they are interesting to look at them (and there are great views from above). But… the real attraction is the short show, where they play the drums. Originally, there was one big drum and 24 smaller ones, but only the big remains. The method of beating it is to beat it quickly for 18 times and then slowly for 18 times. Altogether there are three rounds and 108 tollings. People knock the bell and the drum 108 times, because 108 times represent one year in ancient times. Several experts actually say, that the show they put on today is not really authentic… but its still cool…