Yellow Crane Tower, Wuhan

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    Yellow Crane Tower

    by Rabbityama Written May 9, 2010

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    Originally constructed in 223, after being destroyed and rebuilt repeatedly throughtout history by fires and war, the current structure was built quite recently in 1985. It is still quite beautiful and many famous poems have been written about the tower, and the top of the tower from 1868 remains. It is considered to be one of China's top four towers.

    The Yellow Crane Tower rests atop Snake Hill, which itself creates a certain harmony as they are Taoist symbols that represent air and water respectively, and both have symbolic relations to the souls and spirits of the deceased.

    Inside there is a large depiction of a yellow crane flying over the tower. From the top, there is a spectacular view of the city! On the way up, there is a nice pond and a bust of Mao. There are other sites on Snake Hill, such as the bell and a pavillion where you can read poems written by Mao Zedong about the tower, so take a look around before moving on. There are English descriptions near most sites, so you can learn more about them.

    Entrance is 50 yuan.

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    White Cloud Tower

    by Willettsworld Written Jun 3, 2009

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    The White Cloud Tower was first built during the Jin dynasty (265-420 A.D.) and has been rebuilt many times since. The 29.7-meter high four-storied tower sits at the highest point of Snake Hill and provides the best view of the Yellow Crane Tower. It contains a small museum with bronze wares and photos of the reconstruction of the Yellow Crane Tower.

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    Shengxiang Pagoda

    by Willettsworld Written Jun 3, 2009

    Shengxiang Pagoda, commonly known as the White Pagoda, is referred to by the Jiangxia County Annals as the tomb of the son of King Weishun of the Yuan dynasty. It was built in the 3rd year of Emperor Zhizheng in 1343 and is made up of layers of white sandstone. It is 8 meters high and is decorated with pictures of beasts and spirits.

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    Wuhan's most famous landmark

    by Willettsworld Written Jun 3, 2009

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    Wuhan's most famous landmark, the Yellow Crane Tower was first built in the second year of Huangwu of Wu during the Three Kingdoms period (223 A.D.). According to legend, it was built to honour one of the Daoist Eight Immortals, who paid his tavern bills by drawing cranes on the walls, which would fly down to entertain the other guests. This particular 5-storey 164ft (50 meter) high tower is a reconstruction of the original tower that burned down in 1884.

    Open: 7am-6.30pm. Admission: Y50.

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    Millennium Bell

    by Willettsworld Written Jun 3, 2009
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    This bell weighs 21 tons and is 4 meters high. It's made of a copper alloy including 2.1kg of gold and 8.4kg of silver. A thousand-word inscription and ten embossments on its surface record the 3500-year history of Wuhan from the ancient Panlong City to its reforming and opening age.

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    Old Bronze Top

    by Willettsworld Written Jun 3, 2009

    This bronze top was once on top of the Yellow Crane Tower, having been built in 1868. It measures 3.4m high and has a base diameter of 1.8m. It weighs 2 tons and was the only thing left of the former tower when it burned down in 1884.

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    South Tower

    by Willettsworld Written Jun 3, 2009

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    South Tower, also known as Anyuan Tower or Guiyue Tower and commonly called "the Ancient Tower", was one of the top ten sceneries of Wuchang in ancient times. Built in the Jin dynasty (265-420 A.D.), it has been frequently visited by many historical literati such as Lu You and Fan Chengda of the Song dynasty who composed famous poems here. It currently displays pictures of party and central government leaders and celebrity’s visits in the past 20 years.

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    Old Stele Veranda

    by Willettsworld Written Jun 3, 2009

    There are 25 historical stone tablets displayed in the Old Stele Veranda such as the "Spectacularity" tablet by Li Bai and the "Stone Screen" tablet by Lu Yan of the Tang dynasty, "Swallow into Flowers" tablet by Huang Shangu and "Tune - The River all Red" tablet by Yue Fei of the Song dynasty.

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    Mao Zedong's Verses Pavilion

    by Willettsworld Written Jun 3, 2009
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    This square pavilion is located behind the Goose Pond and contains a tablet measuring 3.2m by 1.8m engraved with Mao Zedong's two lyrics "Tune: Buddhist Dancers" and "Tune: Prelude to Water Melody" which are written in his own handwriting.

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    Goose Pond

    by Willettsworld Written Jun 3, 2009

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    After entering the park through the south entrance gate, the first thing you'll come to is this, the Goose Pond. The story goes that Wang Xizhi, a calligrapher chatted about geese and said that they are the noblest birds of all, for they are white as snow, clear as jade, pure and spotless. As he talked on, he got so excited that he couldn't help writing down the character "goose". People then admired the art of the character so much that they set up a stone tablet inscribed with the character and built this pond beside it.

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    Shops

    by Willettsworld Updated Jun 3, 2009

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    As you approach the main entrance into the park, you'll walk along this street known as the Yellow Crane Promenade which is lined with ancient-style shops selling souvenirs, snacks and such like for tourists.

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    Yellow Crane Tower Park

    by Willettsworld Written Jun 3, 2009
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    The Yellow Crane Tower Park is located along Snake Hill in Wuchang across the river from Hankou in Wuhan. The park covers an area of 133,000 sq meters and is divided into four scenic areas, namely the west, south, east and north. The west part focuses on the park’s main highlight, the Yellow Crane Tower but also includes the White Pagoda and the Decorated Gateway. Others treats in the park include pavilions, towers, statues, gardens, gateways and ponds. The park is a must see thing when in Wuhan.

    Open: 7am-6.30pm. Admission: Y50.

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    Yellow Crane Tower Park

    by enzhu Updated Mar 22, 2007
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    The Yellow Crane Tower Park locates at Snake Hill contains not only the Yellow Crane Tower, it is a park on the hill. Another famous sightsee is a status of Yue Fei, who is a famous general in Song Dynasty.

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    Yellow Crane Tower

    by enzhu Updated Mar 22, 2007
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    The Yellow Crane Tower in one of three most famous towers in South China. It was first built during Three Kingdom Period, which is about 1800 years ago. It has been rebuilt many time in history. Now the tower allocates on snake hill and stands 51.4 meters high. On top of the tower, you get a great view of Yangtze River and the first ever bridge ever built on Yangtze River -- Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge.

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    Yellow Crane Tower

    by morgagni Written Jan 19, 2005
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    Located on Snake Hill in Wuchang District, this great tower was first built in 223 A.D. Scholars and men of letters through the ages mounted the tower, composed poetry and wrote prose, eulogizing the magnificent landscape of the Yellow Crane Tower.

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