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Legend about Yellow Crane Tower

Legend about Yellow Crane Tower

Located on the Snake Hill in Wuchang, Yellow Crane Tower is one of the four famous towers in China. According to records, the tower was first built in 223 AD as a military lookout by Wu Kingdom.

 

茫鈧偓茫鈧偓In its history of over 1,700 years, Yellow Crane Tower was destroyed many times in different dynasties, and was rebuilt again and again. The construction of the present tower was completed in June 1985.

Yellow Crane Tower faces the great Yangtze River northwards, with the other three sides facing the downtown areas. The architectural complex comprises the tower, the pavilions, the corridors and the honorific arches.

茫鈧偓茫鈧偓The five-story tower is 51.4 meters high. Strolling through the corridors of the tower and the pavilions, you can have a great view of the city, the bridge and the river.

茫鈧偓茫鈧偓In the shadow of Yellow Crane Tower is White Cloud Pavilion on top of Snake Hill, which is four-storied and 29.7 meters high. This is how Wuhan got the nickname of White Cloud and Yellow Crane.

The Yellow Crane Tower, one of Three Major Towers in the South of the Yangtze River, was built on the site of the Yellow Crane Deck of Snake Hill in Wuchang. Originally, a wine shop was built there. It was run by a young man whose family name was Xin. One day, a Taoist priest came to his shop and asked for wine. He severed the priest for free. In order to express thanks, the priest painted a crane on the wall before he left the shop. He told the owner of the shop that it can dance whenever people clapped. People were amazed by the supernatural crane, so they swarmed to the wine shop. His business became booming. Ten years later, the Taoist priest revisited the shop and rode the crane off into the sky. In memory of the immortal Taoist priest who helped him become rich, the young man built a tower on the spot. He named it "Yellow Crane Tower".

 
   
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