Bell Tower, Xian (must see)
According to the legend, during the earlier years of Ming Dynasty, there were frequent earthquakes in the region near Xian. It was believed that the earthquakes were caused by a dragon turning over and over in the river under the city.
The Ming emperor, Zhu Yuanzhang, felt very anxious and wanted to subdue the dragon. The Taoist priests suggested to build a bell tower at the center of the city as the sound of a bell is considered the voice of heaven which scares the dragon. The emperor took the advice and ordered to build the biggest bell tower in the country.
The Bell Tower is 36 meters high. It stands on a 9 meter high and 36 meter long brick base. Similar to other Chinese clock towers, Xian Bell Tower was mainly used for time reporting and publishing news in ancient times.
It has also been used for many other purposes in history. During the 1911 revolution, the republic rebels fought fiercely with the Qing imperial army deployed here. In 1927, a cinema was opened here by a student who came back studying in the United States. This was the first cinema in Xian history. During the World War II, the Bell Tower became an alarm station for warning the Japanese air raids because of its high terrain.
Today the Bell Tower is open to public as a museum. It is particularly beautiful at night when lanterns hung from the eaves light up the tower.
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Bell Tower on Map
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