Posted by: danielfee | August 13, 2012

Travel Photo of the Day 08-13-2012

Bell Tower – Xi’an, China

Jingyun Bell

The Bell Tower sits on Xi’an’s north-south axis at which the city’s main thoroughfares converge. Today Xi’an is the capital of Shaanxi province. But when emperor Qin Shi Huangdi unified China in 221 BC, Xi’an served as the capital for more than 1,100 years. During the Tang dynasty years (618-907) it was the largest city in the world. It was a destination because the city sits at the beginning of the Silk Road. The Bell Tower was built in 1384 during the early Ming dynasty. It was moved to its current location in 1582. The tower is a brick and timber structure which is 118 feet high. The jingyun bell was cast in 711 during the Tang Dynasty, is just over 8 feet high and weighs 14,330 pounds.

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