Posted by: danielfee | February 20, 2013

Travel Photo of the Day 02-20-2013

Bell Tower - Beijing, China

Bell Tower – Beijing, China

The  Bell Tower (Zhōnglóu), along with the Drum Tower (Gǔlóu), date from the Yuan dynasty rule of Kublai Khan  in 1272. The Drum Tower faces towards the Imperial Palace which is two miles due south and the Bell Tower is immediately to its north. They once marked the northern edge of Beijing, but were in the center of the Yuan dynasty city.  The Bell tower stands 108 feet high. The bells and drums were musical instruments in ancient China. Then later they were used by the government and common people as timepieces. They continued to function as the official timepiece of China and government until 1924, when the last emperor of the Qing Dynasty was forced to leave the Forbidden City. After which a western-style clockwork was made the official means of time-keeping.

 

 

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