KUNMING — The Gongchen Tower, an ancient city gate tower with a history of more than 600 years, was destroyed in a fire in southwest China’s Yunnan province on Jan 3, local authorities said.
The fire broke out in Nanzhao Township, Weishan County, at 2:49 am and was put out two hours later.
No casualties were reported in the fire but the tower, built in 1390 during China’s Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), was burnt down with few scorched wooden structures left.
The tower, 26 meters long, 15.7 meters wide and 16 meter high, is listed as a key cultural protection site in Yunnan province.
“I want to cry,” said a local resident.
“Hundreds of history is gone,” he lamented.