7/24/2010

Anaheim Ducks towel invades: Gulou and Zhonglou



Submitted by: Larry J. (from Los Angeles, CA, USA)

Country: China
Province: Municipality of Beijing
District: Xicheng District
Location: Gulou and Zhonglou [map]
Status since photo:

Gulou is Beijing's drum tower and was built during Kublai Khan's reign. It was originally built in 1272 and moved to the present location in 1420. It was originally an administrative tower but was later changed into a time-keeping tower as China adapted to the Western standards of time measurement. Zhonglou is the bell tower next to Gulou. Inside is a giant bell made during the Ming Dynasty. Before the modern-day Beijing sprouted up, these two towers dominated the city's skyline.
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