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China's "Leaning Tower of Pisa" worries school

Published on Nov 29, 2012 9:57 PM
 
Students play basketball beside a leaning tower at school playground in Xi'an,Shaanxi province Nov 27, 2012. An ancient Chinese tower tilting at a perilous angle has earned comparisons with Italy's Leaning Tower of Pisa and worried a school in its shadow, state media reported on Thursday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (AFP) - An ancient Chinese tower tilting at a perilous angle has earned comparisons with Italy's Leaning Tower of Pisa and worried a school in its shadow, state media reported on Thursday.

The Wanshou Temple Tower in the central city of Xi'an, which dates from the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), began to lean dramatically after a heavy rainstorm in May last year, state-run China Radio National said.

Local authorities erected a steel frame to support the tower, which looms over the school athletics field. The report said school administrators were concerned because "strong winds or heavy rains could exacerbate the problem".

School officials have asked authorities for assistance, the report said, although a local government official said the tower was stable at present and did not show any sign of further tilting.

 
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