Yellow Crane Tower, located on Snake Hill in Wuchang, is one of the
"Three Famous Towers South of Yangtze River (the other two: Yueyang
Tower in Hunan and Tengwang Tower in Jiangxi).
tower was rebuilt in 1981 and opened to the public
in June, 1985. It is a symbol of the Wuhan City, often mentioned
together with white clouds. According to records, the tower was
first built in 223 A.D during the Long Brilliance period (220-280).
After completion, the tower served as a gathering place for celebrities
and poets to party and compose poetry. It was estimated that up
to the Tongzhi Reign of the Qing dynasty, as many as 300 poems about
the tower had been found in historical literature. Cui Hao, a famous
poet during the Tang dynasty (618-907), made the tower well known
throughout China with his poem "Yellow Crane Tower".
It was first
built in 223 AD, a Since ancient times, it has retained its fame
being the "first tower in China". The legend has it that
the owner of a wine shop used to give free wine to an old man who
drew a picture of a yellow crane on the wall in gratitude. After
the old man left, the crane came to life and danced for the customers,
and the owner became rich. When the old man returned decades later,
he mounted the crane and flew off into the sky.
Lying on Mt.
Snake in Wuchang in the southern bank of the Yangtze River, near
the Southern end of the Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge? the Yellow Crane
Tower is one of the three most famous towers along the Yangtze River.
It was first built in 223 A. D. during the Long Brilliance periods
and carries a history of 1700 years. It used to be a gathering place
for celebrities and poets to drink and compose. There were around
300 poems about the tower handed down through the history.
it that in Wuchang, there used to be a wine shop opened 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 wine shop was always full of guests. After
10 years, the Taoist priest revisited the wine shop. He played the
flute and then rode on the crane to the sky. In memory of the supernatural
encounter and the priest, the Xins built a tower and named it Yellow
times in successive dynasties, the tower was rebuilt time and again
until 100 years ago when it was, for the last time, reduced to ashes.
The present tower is a complete reconstruction and is the result
of four years of work beginning in 1981. Where the old tower was
only 15 meters wide, the ground floor of the new structure was increased
to 20 meters wide. The tower, 51.4 meters high, is five-storied
with yellow tiles and red pillars, overlapping ridges and interlocking
eaves, more magnificent than the old one.