Alarm Bell at East Gate of Xi’an City Wall in Xi’an, China

During the Imperial Dynasties (from 221 BC until 1912), bells were used to announce the start of each business day, convey the time and send messages. The bells along the Xi’an City Wall were used to sound an alarm. This bell has hung at the Changle Gate (East Gate) since being cast in 1567 during the Ming dynasty. It measures five feet tall with a diameter of nearly four feet.

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Changle Gate, East St, Zhong Lou Shang Quan, Beilin Qu, Xian Shi, Shaanxi Sheng, China

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