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Great Wall Kiln Factory
Great Wall Stone Field
Dashing King Breaking through the Pass
China Great Wall Museum
Guizhou Stele Pavilion
Night Landscape of Great Wall
Outer Town of Juyong
Key to the Northern Gate of Beijing
Looking toward Beijing Rock
Looking toward Beijing Temple
State Guest Reception Room
Zhan Tianyou Memorial
International friendship woods
Wall of Honors
Badaling Section of Olympic Road Cycling Race Track
The Pass
Residual Wall
Ruins of Beijing Guyaju
Water Pass Great Wall
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  Beacon fire towers
The beacon fire towers, built at the top of mountains beyond the Great Wall, were used as communication facilities in the ancient time. Soldiers would burn smokes to report the arrival of enemies. What tourists ascend on the Great Wall are watchtowers, not beacon fire towers. The latter are piers largely constructed with gravels and loess in the very places. When finding out enemies, the soldiers would burn smokes during the day, known as Sui, and start a fire at night, known as Feng. They were joined as Fengsui or smoke piers. Beacon fire towers are even older than the Great Wall. The story of ¡°King You of Zhou teases the nobles with beacon fires, winning Bao Si smile but losing the regime¡± has become wide spread in the country.