Yellow Crane Tower

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Shouyi Park Road, Wuhan, China

Yellow Crane Tower Wuhan Reviews

stephanie_nl stephani…
3 reviews
Yellow Crane Tower Jun 29, 2011
Yellow Crane Tower is located in wuchang in wuhan. Its a nice place to go but if u have been to 1 temple in china you have seen them all. Its nice to take te boat a night and go over the yellow river and see the buildings!
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travelman727 travelma…
53 reviews
Aug 28, 2006
Overlooking the Yangtze River, the Yellow Crane Pagoda (Huang He Lou) is located on Snake Hill in Wuhan, the largest city in central China with over nine million residents. It is one of the “Three Famous Towers” south of Yangtze and the foremost symbol of Wuhan.

The complex consists of the five-story yellow tiles and red pillars tower, a beautiful garden park and a shopping promenade.

The Yellow Crane Tower has a large crane statue erected in front of it. Once inside, you can take an elevator or climb the stairs to get a bird’s eye view of Wuhan and the longest river in Asia. It also contains huge paintings, calligraphy and other works of art.

To me, the highlight of the complex is the magnificently landscaped multi-terraced park surrounding the tower. There are unique statues and pavilions throughout the gardens and a giant bell you can ring for good luck (for a small price). Make sure to catch the panorama from the White Cloud Pavilion.

Of course, if you have a tourist destination, you know there will be plenty of shop owners ready to smile and sell.

The Tower has a fascinating tale. Legend says there used to be a wine shop owned by a young man named Xin. One day, a Taoist priest, in gratitude for free wine, drew a magic crane on the wall of the shop and instructed it to dance whenever it heard clapping. Thousands of people came to see the spectacle and the place was always full of customers (legend doesn’t say whether they saw the crane dance before or after they bought wine). After 10 years, the priest revisited the wine shop. He supposedly played a flute and then rode the magic crane to the sky. In memory of the encounter, the Xins built the Yellow Crane Tower.

The first pagoda was constructed in 223 A.D. during the Three Kingdoms period. After completion, it served as a gathering place for artists, scholars, celebrities and poets to rejoice and compose. Hundreds of writings about the tower are found in historical literature. Cui Hao, a famous eighth century author, made it the most celebrated building in southern China with his poem “Yellow Crane Tower.”

The structure has been destroyed and rebuilt several times. In 1884, it was last reduced to ashes. The present tower is a complete reconstruction finished in 1986. Today, it is still a place where many aspiring wordsmiths come to have imaginary conversations with the ancient poets (again, I'm not sure if that's before or after the wine) :-D
Overlooks Wuhan and Yangtze River
TePukeThunder says:
Great review. I'd love to see it in real life, so visually stunning and mysterious, I love the rich history too. Is it near Mt Wudang?
Posted on: Jul 03, 2012
portia says:
Hi, Mark! Wonderful review. I had been to the tower too in 1997, on a Yangtze River cruise also before the river was damed. It is such a famous Chinese landmark because it was written about in the literature.
Posted on: Jan 07, 2007
travelman727 says:
Shirley, I bet the river cruise was amazing! BTW, thanks to you, I corrected my spelling :-)
Posted on: Jan 03, 2007

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