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Yellow Crane Terrace

29 November 2007
 

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:

故人西辞黄鹤楼,
烟花三月下扬州。
孤帆远影碧空尽,
惟见长江天际流。

黄鹤西楼月,
长江万里情.

一忝青云客,
三登黄鹤楼.

黄鹤楼中吹玉笛,
江城五月落梅花.

仙人有待乘黄鹤,
海客无心随白鸥

昔人已乘黄鹤去,
此地空余黄鹤楼。

江边黄鹤古时楼,
劳致华筵待我游

(Drawing & reference: 王仲谷, 薛文广, 安怀起)

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Huanghelou - Yellow Crane Terrace

This one of the three most famous historical terrace buildings in China, that should stand in the Jianghan Plain (江汉平原) by the Yangtze River in Wuhan (武汉), is in fact newly erected this winter and rises on the shore of Songhua River (松花江) in Harbin (哈尔滨).

The whole structure uses not a single nail, nor is a brick or a tile found. Do you wonder how it was built? Simple, with ice.

 

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