The Hubei Provincial Museum’s impressive orchestra of 64 bronze bells, ranging in weight from a couple of kilos to a quarter of a tonne, were found in the marquis’ waterlogged tomb along with the wooden frame from which they once hung in rows. Played with hand-held rods, each bell can produce two notes depending on where it is struck; the knowledge of metals and casting required to achieve this initially boggled modern researchers, who took five years to make duplicates. Brief performances (¥15) can be enjoyed in the museum’s auditorium at 10.30am, 11.30am, 2.30pm and 3.30pm.

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