lizzybennet: (napoleon and pedro)
Yesterday we went to the Drum and Bell Tower. This building sits on a hill in the middle of Nanjing. All around it are modern buildings and bustling traffic. Yet here is a beautiful tree covered hill, topped with a magnificent ancient building. As we climbed the steps to the top level, I got that familiar shiver that I always experience when I'm in the presence of great history. Those steps were so worn, yet so strong. Imagine how many people, how many generations had climbed those steps. Also, one of the greatest emperors in all of Chinese history had visited the Bell tower and climbed those very steps. At the top, we got to see an inscription that he had made during his visit to the tower in the 1600's. Yes, that's before most of America had been founded. Yet here is this massive stone tribute to a great man, still standing in the midst of a modern and ever-changing city.

Of course, all the boys wanted to do was bang on the drums...which they did, quite loudly.

We got home just in time for lunchFollow the cut for more... )

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