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Jiaxiu Tower
2009-09-25 15:46   Source:Guiyang China

Jiaxiu Tower  The renowned Jiaxiu Tower is erected on the Wan’ao Websterite, which seems very similar to the legendary giant Ao (sea turtle) in the Nanming River of Guiyang. The Tower is connected with the banks on both sides by Fuyu Bridge. This traditional Chinese-style structure was built in 1597 during the Ming Dynasty. The Tower had been improved on large scale for six times from the time it was first built by Jiang Dongzhi, the then governor of Guizhou Province, to 1981 when Guiyang People’s Government appropriated money to repair it. Standing firm for 400 years, the Tower has witnessed the history of Guiyang and symbolized the cultural development of Guiyang.

  Jiaxiu Tower has 3 storeys, 3 eaves, 4 corners and dome attic, structure of which is unique in the ancient architecture of China. We may focus on this feature to make the Tower more famous and enhance its value of appreciation, thus attracting many tourists and architectural experts to visit and investigate it. The tower is about 20m high with upturned eaves. The eaves are supported with 12 stone columns protected by white carved stone rails. It stands high and is as beautiful as scenery on paintings. One may enjoy the panorama around on the tower. More than 90m long, Fuyu Bridge is like a dragon lying over water. It goes through under the Tower and connects both banks. Hanbi Pavilion is on the Bridge, under which are Hanbi Pond and Shuiyue Platform. On the south of the Bridge stands Cuiwei Tower.

    Many literary men created a great number of poems related to Jiaxiu Tower, among which the 206-character-long couplet written by Liu Yushan in the Qing Dynasty is most popular. The couplet is even 26 characters more than the so-called longest couplet of the world on Daguan Tower in Kunming. Liu Yushan’ s couplet outlines the geographic situations and ups and downs of Guiyang, a mountain city.

  Integrating picturesque mountains and brilliant waters, Jiaxiu Tower boasts an exclusively beauty. When evening falls and bright lights are on, you will be well entertained when paying a visit to the Tower.

    The long couplet of Jiaxiu Tower first describes the history of the Tower, its geographic location, and then details the beautiful scenery around the Tower in which the author expresses his love for ascending the Tower and appreciating nice scenery around.

  Travel Tips: Jiaxiu Tower is near Dananmen Gate in downtown Guiyang, which can be reached by taking No. 1 and No. 2 ring route buses, getting off at the Post Office Building and then walking further for about 5 minutes.