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Chinese Clock
Attractions of Mexico City

Address: Bucareli on the corner with Atenas
Area:
Colonia Juárez
Metro: Balderas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A witness of time in the middle of a roundabout in old Bucareli avenue, the Chinese Clock is a monument that has experienced, first-hand, some of the events that marked the history of the country during the first half of the 20th Century.

The monument consists of a narrow tower with a clock at the top and was donated by the Chinese government in 1910, during the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of Mexico's Independence. The monument that was donated by this asian country is somewhat different today from what it was then; the original had a gable roof and bells at the top which would mark the passing hours, but after the regretable events of the 'Decena Trágica' (Ten Tragic Days) in 1913 it suffered great damage and was practically destroyed.

Eight years later, when the 100th anniversary of the consumation of Mexico's Independence was commemorated, another clock tower was erected on this roundabout, which was similar in hight to the previous one, but had a small covered belfry and was simpler and elegant in appearance.

As a consequence of being located in front of the Secretary of the Interior, this beautiful clock frequently finds itself in the middle of manifestations, strikes and blockades which a lot of the times cause it to go unnoticed. Likewise, the roundabout's previously beautiful surroundings, filled with ostentatious porfirian mansions, has been affected by the area's neglect, lack of care and, ultimately, decay. 

Nevertheles, the clock remains standing, solemn, marking the passing of each hour, awaiting the arrival of a different time, a time which gives back to this place and Bucareli avenue, the splendour it once had.

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