The Tang Dy­nasty

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Dur­ing the Tang Dy­nasty, bea­con tow­ers stood ev­ery 10, 15, 20 or 50 kilo­me­ters and pro­tected to­day’s Xin­jiang. The bea­con tow­ers sys­tem dur­ing the Tang had two parts: tow­ers were in charge of watch­ing and warn­ing, while an­other type of build­ing, the Pu (or sta­tion), were used to trans­fer of­fi­cial doc­u­ments. The sol­diers were re­cruited from lo­cal ar­eas in­stead of the Cen­tral Plains far away. The Tang aban­doned the com­pli­cated bea­con fire sys­tem of the Han and added a new cod­ing sys­tem to avoid fire mes­sages from be­ing de­coded.

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