The hutongs (胡同, hútòng in Chinese) are a set of narrow streets and alleys in the historic centre of Beijing. They are formed by lines of siheyuan (四合院, sìhéyuàn in Chinese), traditional residences consisting of a courtyard surrounded by buildings on all four sides. The Bell tower (钟楼, Zhōnglóu in Chinese) is a 48m high brick and stone building with two floors located in the centre of Beijing. In it is a large copper bell, weighing 63 tons and 7m high. Opposite the Bell tower is the Drum tower (鼓楼, Gǔlóu in Chinese), a 47m high red two-storey building which houses a number of large drums which in ancient times were used to announce the time in Beijing. Both towers were built in 1272, and rebuilt twice after two fires.
Page viewed 4592 times since 31.03.16
©Copyright Alfred Molon