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Chaoyang Gate

  • 2016-07-07 10:48:05

Chaoyang Gate (the Gate facing the sun) is the landmark of Jianshui Ancient Town. It was built as the eastern Gate of the ancient town in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and remains till now, while the other three Gates all collapsed because of war fires and the erosion of wind and rain. Chaoyang Gate is reputed to be the 'Small Tiananmen Gate' because it is very much like the Beijing Tiananmen Gate in appearance, although Chaoyang Gate was built 28 years earlier. It is 24.5 meters (80.38 feet) high, 12.31 meters (13.46 yards) long and 26.8 meters (29.3 yards) wide, containing three storeys and covering an area of 414 square meters (0.102 acres). It features the traditional construction style with big  poles, a three-eaves saddle roof and wood carved doors. Under the eaves hang horizontal boards, inscribed by celebrities, such as the calligrapher Tu Rizhuo in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) and the Saint of Cursive Script Zhang Xu (658- 747) in the Tang Dynasty (618-907). Another attraction is the bell hanging on the Gate which is over 2 meters (6.562 feet) high and weighs 3.4 jin (1.4 kilograms). At the time of sunset, the bell resounds through the whole town. It is the direct data for people to learn about the history of the ancient town.