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A wide angled view of Xian Drum Tower in the bg. I like the contrast between the colourful fg, & drab bg here. I've composed it roughly into horizontal thirds, and taken this from the Bell Tower. The building at right is called the 'Bell & Drum Tower Hotel'.

From Travel China Guide:

"The Drum Tower is located northwest of the Bell Tower, across the Bell Tower and Drum Tower Square. Both of them are called the 'sister buildings' or 'morning bell and dark drum'. In ancient China, especially from the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368), the drums were used to signal the running of time and on occasion were used as an alarm in emergency situations.

The Drum Tower in Xian was initially built in 1380 during the reign of Emperor Hongwu of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), and was renovated twice in 1699 and 1740 in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911)."

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