The Han Dy­nasty

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Dur­ing the Han Dy­nasty, bea­con tow­ers were set up ev­ery 1.5, 2.5 or 5 kilo­me­ters, and each was sta­tioned with ten sol­diers re­cruited from the Cen­tral Plains. A typ­i­cal Han tower stands 4 to 7.7 me­ters in height and had a cylin­der-shaped body with a large base and a smaller top. Gen­er­ally five types of fires were adopted to trans­fer dif­fer­ent mes­sages— com­mon fires were lit with cloth-cov­ered in­flammable ma­te­ri­als, cloth ban­ners and smoky fires (these three types were used dur­ing day­time), reed torches were used at night and large piles of hay were used both day and night.

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