Huanghelou (Yellow Crane Terrace), majestically standing
by the great Yangtze River, is one of the three top terraces
in China. Situated in Wuhan (武汉)
in Hubei Province (湖北),
it was first built in 223AD during the Three
Kingdom’s period. Since then, it had been repeatedly
burned to the ground and rebuilt, with the last blaze occurred
100 years ago, and the current building constructed in 1985.
As one of the most sacred Daoist sites,
it is said that Lu Dongbing (吕洞宾), one of eight mythical Daoist
immortals, once cultivated and preached there until the
moment he ascended to the celestial realm.
It is noted by many Chinese scholars that in its 1784 years
of long history, it fell apart when the Middle Kingdom declined
and rose from the ashes when the nation resurrected, thus
it is viewed by some as one of the physical embodiments of
China’s national narrative (国运昌则楼运盛).
Below are some lines by China's famous historical figures,
including Li Bo (Li Bai 李白:701—762) and Bai Juyi (白居易 772—846),
praising this architecture wonder:
(Drawing & reference:
王仲谷, 薛文广, 安怀起)
Cultural Bridge in Construction?
Monk in A Deep Mountain (1)