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  Bell Tower, Fasting Palace
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  • Bell Tower, Fasting Palace - Beijing
      Bell Tower, Fasting Palace
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  • Bell Tower, Fasting Palace - Beijing
      Bell Tower, Fasting Palace
    by cal6060
  • Bell Tower, Fasting Palace - Beijing
      Bell Tower, Fasting Palace
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The Bell Tower is located southeast of Fasting Palace. This bell was used to announce the arrival and departure of the Emperor to/from the Fasting Palace. The signboard was written as:

" In the early Ming Dynasty, the Palace of abstinence had wooded gallows for hanging a bronze bell, which was sounded to announce the arrival and departure of the emperor each time. In 1743 (the 8th year of Emperor Qianlong's reign), a two-storey tower was built for housing the gigantic bell, casting Yongle's reign, named the Bell of Supreme Harmony. With a thick large body, the bell sends its sonorous sounds far and wide when rung. Before the ritual too place, it used to be sounded to announce the departure of the emperor from the Palace of Abstinence and his arrival at the altar for the sacrificial rites. "

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In Chinese: 钟楼 (Zhong Lou)

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  • Updated Aug 2, 2012
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