Equatorial sundial in the Forbidden City in Beijing, dating to the Ming Dynasty (before 1644 CE). Drum and bell towers (audible for over 10 miles) would sound in early modern Beijing to mark the passage of time.
Hailstorms forever fell; showering a landscape of ancient grey. The temples had a constant melody in these months, sacred silence interrupted by the declaration of heavy skies above. She found the roaring winds to distract against the mundanity of her spiritual existence, there was comfort in the familiar drum.