Hi my dear Steemit friends 🌹,
How's everything? Last time we explored the Peking University Library together, did you like it? :) This time let's watch an amazing drum performance at Beijing Drum Tower!!🥁 Are you curious about the story behind this ancient and beautiful Tower? Let's get started!!
The construction of Beijing's Drum Tower began during 1272 AD. The Tower was originally call "Qizheng Tower", which means "containing" the 7 ancient celestial bodies of gold, wood, water, fire, earth, sun and moon. 💧🔥☀️However, shortly after the construction was completed, the Tower was destroyed by fire. In 1297 AD, it was rebuilt.
60 steps to go!!!👣
The Drum Tower we are looking at now is located at the north end of the south-north central axis of the old capital Beijing, as a result of the rebuilding effort in the 1420 AD.
The Tower has a primary wooden structure covered with round grey tiles and green glazed trim at the top. 🌲There used to be 25 watchman's drums (1 main drum representing 1 whole year and 24 mass drums representing the 24-Solar Terms) on the second floor of the Tower, but there's only 1 remaining now. From the picture we can see the drum is destroyed. It's damaged by the Eight-Nation Alliance as they invaded Beijing.
Each board states one of the Chinese 24-Solar Terms:
This is what a Watchman's Drum looks like. In 1987, the Beijing National Musical instrument Factory replicated the drum according to the original specifications of the main time-announcing drum from the Drum Tower. It's covered with a single piece of cowhide. The drum has been used in the "Opening Ceremony with Bells and Drums Sounding Together" of the 11th Asian Games, and the opening ceremony of the first "Beijing Cultural Relic Festival".
Have you learnt more about the Beijing Drum Tower by watching the performance and reading the stories? I'm sure you liked it! ❤️ Haha guess I'd stop here :) Next time I'll share more of my experience in Beijing with you, cheers! 😆
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