Photographer's Note

This little boy stands in front of one of the many similar sized drums in the Drum Tower in Xi’an. Inside the tower is a display of many different types of Chinese drums used for music and ceremony.

The Drum Tower marks the entrance to the Muslim Quarter, and was built in 1380 to house a huge drum which was used for telling the time of day at dusk. In later times the drums were used to give warnings to the people in times of war.

Yes, you can bang on the drums if you wish. The day was very hot and oppressively humid but storm clouds were gathering and the afternoon light was becoming eerie. The rumbling sound of the many tower drums being beaten by tourists gave the impression of a massive thunderhead about to break over Xi’an. It eventually did as we were crossing Bell Tower Square, drenching us and sending us running and laughing through the crowded Xi’an streets while scores of amused Chinese watched us from under the shelter of shop eaves.

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