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We had an absolutely perfect day with our tour guide - Rogin Luo - who took us for a hike along The Great Wall! Didn't know what to expect and were thrilled to have him as our guide. Very imformative, knowledgable and fun! We go to experience a part of The Great Wall that was unrestored and see all its natural beauty. Got a long history lesson along the way!

After the hike, we all went to lunch at a small place at the bottom of the hill. Located in a house, we ate lunch in the proprietors bedroom! What a hoot! Rogin is the Best of the Best! This tour company delivered for us and we are extremely grateful.

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The Yellow Crane Tower, Wuhan

The Yellow Crane Tower is situated in Sanke Hill, Wuchang, famed as “the three famous towers” together with Teng Wang Tower. Its cultural significance led to its being made the symbol of Wuhan City. Naturally, it has become a popular turist attraction.

The name of the tower was rooted in a legend. It was said that there used to be a wine shop opened by a young man named Xin. A Taoist priest wanted to thank Mrs.Xin for her favour of free wines of thousand cups, so he drew a magic crane on the wall and instructed it to dance whenever it heard clapping. Mrs. Xin became rich. After 10 years, the Taoist priest revisited the wine shop. He played the flute and then rode on the crane to fly up to the sky. Therefore Mrs.Xin built a tower named Yellow Crane Tower. The tower inspired many ancient poets and artists. There were around 300 poems about the tower handed down through the history.

In fact, the tower has been a long history of more that 1,700 years, originally built in the Three Kingdoms Period (220-280) by Su Quan (182-252, King of Wu) as a watchtower for his army. Untile recently, the tower has been destroyed and rebuilt, again and again for severy times.

The Yellow Crane Tower which stands today is based on the one designed during the Qing Dynasty. It stands 51.4 meters high and has five floors. The roof is covered by 100,000 yellow glazed tiles. With yellow upturned eaves, each floor seems to have been designed to resemble a yelow crane spreading its wings to fly.

The main building is divided into five floors. The first floor is about legend. On the wall, there is a nine-meter long and six-meter wide painted porcelain picture which depicts clouds, rivers and cranes to represent a romantic mood in the heaven. The third floor mainly shows poems written to praise the tower in different dynasties. On top of the tower, visitors are treated to a fabulous panoramic view of the Yangtze River, its bridge and the surrounding buildings in Wuhan City. Outside the tower, there are bronze yellow cranes, memorial gateways and pavilions.
Ticket Price: RMB80
Opening Time: 07:00-18:30 (on season); 07:30-17:30(off season)
Telephone: 027-88871394
How to get there: Bus No.10,61,64,108,401,402,411,413,584 or trolley Bus No.1, No.4.

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