The Ancient Bell Museum in Dazhong Temple
31 West 3rd Ring Road, Haidian District, Beijing
Open: 8:30am – 16:30pm
Admission: 10 yuan for adults, 4 yuan for students
Tel: 8610-62641384; 8610-62541972; 8610-82611736
The museum has on display 700 or more bells, made of bronze, iron and jade. The oldest dates back to the Western Zhou Period (C.1100-771 BC), and the most recent to the late Qing Dynasty and Republican China. The museum bell exhibits are from China and overseas.
The gem of its collection is the Yongle Bell, a state-level cultural relic that hangs in the Giant Bell Tower. At 5.6 meters in height, and weighing 46.6 tons, making it one of the largest in the world, this huge bell is lauded as King of Bells. It is engraved with over 100 Buddhist sutras and incantations that total more than 230,000 characters, and has a mellow and euphonious tone that carries over a dozen kilometers. Having been created with consummate craftsmanship, its structure is also technically perfect. http://french.china.org.cn/english/features/museums/129070.htm