Yellow Crane Tower

Huanghelou
As one of Four Major Towers in China, it is situated on Snake Hill of Wuchang District. It was said that Yellow Crane Pavilion (Huanghelou) was built originally in 223 AD with a history of over 1700 years. Previously it was destroyed and rebuilt in frequent disasters. Standing 51 meters high, the five-story Yellow Crane Pavilion is the symbol of Wuhan. In ancient times, a lot of famous people including Cui Hao, Li Bai, Bai Juyi, Jia Dao, Lu You, Yang Shen and Zhang Juzheng successively traveled here, writing down many poems. The poem named "the Yellow Crane Pavilion" written by Cui Hao has been considered to be a wonderful work all the time. Therefore, masses of people can recite it. This poem reminds them of the former grandeur of the Yellow Crane Pavilion. Situated atop Snake Hill (She Shan) in Wuchang district along the Yangtze River, the Pavilion was originally built at a place called Yellow Crane Rock projecting over the water; hence the name. Acclaimed as an ancient historic site and scenic wonder, it is one of the three most famous towers south of the Yangtze River. Despite its antique interior, the Pavilion is equipped with an elevator and air-conditioning.

Huanghelou
The tower had different architectural features in different dynasties. However the tower which stands today is based on the one designed during the Qing Dynasty. It stands 51.4 meters (about 168 feet) high and has five floors. The appearance of the tower is the same regardless of the direction it is viewed from. The roof is covered by 100,000 yellow glazed tiles. With yellow upturned eaves, each floor seems to have been designed to resemble a yellow crane spreading its wings to fly. The Yellow Crane Pavilion offers visitors an abundance of things to see. The exhibit on each floor has a theme, for example, the theme of the first floor is about legend. On the wall, there is a nine-meter (about 30 feet) long and six-meter (about 20 feet) 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 Pavilion in different dynasties. On top of the Pavilion, 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.