The Iconic Yellow Crane Tower – Discovering one of China’s Great Towers

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If your travels take you to Wuhan you will come across a quite majestic tower rising above the cityscape; one of China’s Four Great Towers, this iconic structure is known as the Yellow Crane Tower and is must visit when here.

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ping lin, Hubu Alley, Wuchang, Wuhan, Hubei, China, 430000 – panoramio (11), CC BY-SA 3.0

Where it Can be Found

Towering to a height of 51.4 metres, the Yellow Crane Tower can be found on Snake Hill, along the Yangtze River banks. Located around 22 minutes from Dorsett Wuhan this attraction in the Wuchang District is within easy reach of several such hotels in Hubei, China.

The Tower’s Origin

The structure you see today is actually not the original tower which dated back to 223 AD. Originally a watchtower, the tower was destroyed and rebuilt several times during the period of both the Ming and Qing dynasties. After being fully destroyed by a fire in 1884, the Yellow Crane Tower was rebuilt in 1981.

Impressive Outer Design

Based on Qing Dynasty designs, the tower which stands today has a total of five floors. Each floor features yellow upturned eaves, which has a similarity to that of a crane spreading its wings as it prepares to fly. 100,000 yellow glazed tiles cover the roof, adding to the site’s allure.

Exploring Inside

Each of the five floors offers something different to see and experience be it an old legend, a beautiful porcelain picture or poems from different dynasties all written about the Yellow Crane Tower. Of course, not to be missed is a view from the top amidst stunning panoramas of the Yangtze River.

 

Catalina Forbes is a travel writer who bases her content on many thrilling escapades experienced across the world. Google+

 

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