Be­yond War­fare

China Scenic - - Alternative - Photo/ Hao Pei

Even though bea­con tow­ers were built for mil­i­tary pur­poses, their ser­vice was never re­stricted to war­fare. Dur­ing an­cient times, sol­diers be­came farm­ers when there was no war, and the tow­ers were turned into gra­naries in­stead of gar­risons. Nowa­days, most of these tow­ers have col­lapsed, leav­ing only some yel­low earthen plat­forms, like the one in the photo. Yet the“re­tired vet­eran”is still work­ing, watch­ing the peo­ple and herds of sheep wan­der­ing be­neath its feet.

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