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China Travel Guide: Beijing
Big Bell Temple ( Da Zhong Si)


Big Bell Temple (Da Zhong Si)

The Great Bell Temple is located on the northern western of Beijing city, No. 31 Western Section of the North 3rd Ring Road (Beisanhuan Xilu). Built in 1733, the temple houses the largest bell in China. In addition, the temple also has a small ancient bell museum and some Chinese ancient bells displayed.
beijing big bell temple

The biggest bell known as China's "King of Bells", which is 6.87 meters high, 3.3 meters in diameter, 0.22 meter thick and 46.5 tons in weight. It is hangings in the bell tower at the rear of the compound. The tower is 16.7 meters high with a square base, a circular upper structure and windows on four sides. It is said the bronze bell was cast during the Yongle period (1403-1424) of the Ming Dynasty, so the bell is called Yongle Big Bell.
big bell temple of beijing

According to the test by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Yongle Bell's loud and clear sound reaches up to 120 decibels and can be heard 50 kilometers away in the depth of night. Music experts of the Chinese Acoustics Institute have found its tone pure, deep and melodious with a sprightly rhythm. Its frequency ranges from 22 to 800 hertz.




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