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Bell & Drum Tower of Beijing

The Bell and Drum towers are located at the north end of the central axis of the Beijing Inner City to the north of Di’anmen Street in Dongcheng District. They were used to be the time telling center during the Dynasties of Yuan, Ming and Qing from 1271 to 1911. At the very beginning of the Ming Dynasty, the bell and drum were beaten together during the day and nighttime. When Qian Long was the emperor in the Qing Dynasty, the bell and drum were beaten together only twice at night by two workers who were assigned to beat the bell and drum respectively. First the drum and then the bell was beaten. Without completed abandoned, later, they were still in use until 1924 when the last emperor of Qing Dynasty was expelled left the Forbidden City. Up to now, not as a time measuring instrument, sometimes the rings of the ancient timepieces could be heard.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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