Zhong Lou

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  • Oct20

    The Two Towers

    October 20, 2019 in China ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    On this site in Old Beijing, Emperor Kublai Khan erected two towers, a bell tower and a drum tower. Of course, both were used as observation posts from which soldiers might keep an eye out for approaching intruders. Yet the towers served another purpose as well. The bell tower sounded every two hours to broadcast the time. On sunny days a sundial kept time, but on cloudy days a water clock served as a backup. This tower remained in service until the eighteenth century when European clocks were imported to serve as the timekeepers for Beijing’s residents. The drum tower served a similar purpose. It signaled the population about special events or warned them of fires or other impending dangers. In some Chinese cities a curfew was imposed at ten o’clock at night. About a quarter hour before curfew, the drummer would begin very slow beats. By the 150th beat everyone was expected to be in their home. Between the towers we saw young children in an art class, drawing both towers under the instruction of their teachers. The two towers we saw today were not the ancient ones built by Kublai Khan. These are new ones constructed around the year 1200 AD. Today neither tower performs its original function, but the bell tower houses a lovely tea house where a charming young woman introduced us to the elaborate arts of Chinese tea. We sampled oolong and jasmine tea, along with a couple of other varieties. There were exquisite tea pots for sale, some made of semi-precious jade. One small jade teapot cost over $3,000. We learned that tea can serve as a relaxing beverage that offers a wonderful excuse just for hanging out with friends and getting to know new ones.Read more

  • Day84

    Glockenturm und Teezeremonie

    July 29, 2018 in China ⋅ ☀️ 34 °C

    Nach einer kleinen Mittagspause haben wir im Glockenturm noch eine Teezeremonie mitgemacht.

    5 Sorten Tee gab es zu probieren.
    Insbesondere der Früchtetee war sehr lecker. Als Besonderheit wurde noch eine kleine Ton-Figur vorgeführt, die wenn man heißes Wasser darauf gießt, pinkelt.

    Der Glockenturm beherbergt die größte Glocke Chinas: 7 m hoch und 61 Tonnen schwer. Sie wurde einmal morgens und einmal abends angeschlagen und verkündet das öffnen und schließen des Stadttores.Read more

  • Day89

    Beijing, Tag 4, Glockenturm Teezeremonie

    July 29, 2018 in China ⋅ ☀️ 34 °C

    Der ca.50m hohe Glockenturm wurde im Jahr 1272, also während der Yuan-Dynastie errichtet, und im Jahr 1420, während der Ming-Dynastie erneuert. Er diente zur Zeitansage im kaiserlichen Beijing.
    Heute ist im Turm ein Teegeschäft das eine "Teezeremonie" anbietet - ganz nett, guter Tee, aber sehr teuer.Read more

  • Day7

    Cricket Fighting

    June 16, 2017 in China ⋅ ☀️ 36 °C

    This was my first introduction to the ancient art of cricket fighting. This fellow was a famous cricket trainer and had a cricket that was worth 10k yuan because of its strength and power.

    Cricket fighting was nurtured by Tang Dynasty emperors more than 1,000 years ago, and later popularized by commoners. In the thirteenth century, the Southern Song Dynasty prime minister Jia Sidao wrote a how-to guide for the blood sport. Jia's obsession with cricket fighting is believed to have contributed to the fall of the empire. During the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976) China's Communist government banned cricket fighting as a bourgeois predilection, but it is now undergoing a revival among a younger generation eager to embrace traditional Chinese pastimes.

    While it is illegal in China to gamble on cricket fights, the fights themselves are legal and occur in most big cities in China. Crickets are sold openly in street markets, with more than a dozen cricket markets in Shanghai alone. In 2010 more than 400 million yuan (US$63 million) were spent in China on crickets.
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  • Day7

    KungFu Fighting

    June 16, 2017 in China ⋅ ☀️ 37 °C

    Kung fu fighting equipment as the guy that owned the house was a martial artist and we saw a picture of him doing a two finger push up.
    Kung Fu, an ancient sport popular in China, has a very long history, during which a variety of skills were created and massively improved. Originated from the hunting and defense needs in the primitive society (over 1.7 million years ago – 21st century BC), it at first only included some basic skills like cleaving, chopping, and stabbing. Later the system of Kung Fu formed and developed mainly as the fighting skills from the Xia Dynasty (21st - 17th century BC) to the Yuan Dynasty (1271 - 1368), and reached its peak during the Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368 - 1911). In modern times, it develops well and becomes not just martial skills or physical movement. It is also a way for keeping fit, entertainment, and performance.
    We also got an opportunity to see some “tame” Chinese street art which was quite heavily censored and typically “state” friendly. Sometimes it could be just better to be a chilled out pooch with poor eye sight :).
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  • Day19

    Drumceremonie, huisbezoek en namaak

    November 11, 2019 in China ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    We lopen verder naar de Tromtoren. Met een erg steile trap klimmen we tot boven in de toren, waar je een mooi uitzicht hebt over de stad. Er is ook een ceremonie met de trommels, dat heel leuk is om te zien en te horen. Met drie personen bespelen ze grote trommels.

    Als laatste bezoeken we nog een familie thuis. Sharon geeft ook hier weer interessante uitleg. Het is best bijzonder om bij iemand binnen te kijken. Een gedeelte met de groep gaat terug naar het hotel, wij gaan met twee andere stellen naar de Pearl Market. Dat is een groot winkelcentrum met allemaal namaak spullen. De verkopers zijn soms wel wat opdringerig, maar je kunt er heel veel spullen kopen. We lopen een rondje door het winkelcentrum en Nicole koopt wat spulletjes voor de kinderen. Je moet hier wel heel veel afdingen, anders betaal je veel te veel. We eten nog wat in de buurt van de winkel en nemen dan de metro terug naar het hotel. Het is dan 21:00 uur en we zijn al de hele dag onderweg en dus erg moe.Read more

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Zhong Lou, 钟楼

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