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Big Bell Temple

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Introduction
The Big Bell Temple is situated in Beisanhuan Xilu (western section of the North 3rd Ring Road),   approximately two kilometers east of Haidian Road.

History & Background
When the temple was first built in 1733, it was called the Temple of Righteous Awakening. In 1743, during the reign of Emperor Qianlong, a giant bell was transferred from the Temple of Longevity (Wanshousi) to this temple. From then on, it has commonly been referred to as the Big Bell Temple.

Layout & Function
The temple compound contains three rows of halls, one lined up behind the other. In the courtyard in front of the first big hall is an ancient cypress which has an elm branch grafted onto its trunk. 

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Big Bell
The famous bell hangs 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 that Yao Guangxiao cast the bronze bell during the Yongle period (1403-1424) of the Ming Dynasty. The bell is 6.87 meters high, 3.3 meters in diameter, 0.22 meter thick and weighs 46.5 tons. Known as the "Huayan Bell."

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Information
Address: No.31, Western Section of the North 3rd Ring Road;

Admission Fee: CNY 10;

Opening hours: 8:30-16:30;

Transportation: Bus No.s 300, 302, 367 and 718;

Tel: 86-10-62550819 or 86-10-62550843.

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