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Function of Beacon Fire Site

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Beacon fire site is a place to make smoke or fire as signal to warn people of enemy attack during day or night. It is said that using dung of wolfto make smoke, the smoke can remain in the sky for a very long time. Therefore beacon fire site is sometimes known aswolf dung fire platform. Many passages in Chinese literature say "all over there are wolf dung smoke." which means that the war has spread to many parts of the country.

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