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China: Night watch and gong, dying tradition revived in ancient village

11 Jan 2019, Chinaview.cn, Xinhua

In China's Xidi Village, a World Cultural Heritage Site containing 224 wooden houses, locals still practice the ancient technique of sending someone to bang a gong around neighbourhoods. The noise reminds homeowners to settle possible fire hazards before bed, which is important given that houses are built close together and fire trucks cannot easily access them.



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