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Wangjiang Tower Park

Location:NO.30,Wangjiang Road,Chengdu City ;
Opening time:8 AM -6 PM, daily;
Tel:86-10-6351-8284;
Best time for visit: all year long
Recommended time for a visit:2 hours
Open: 8 AM -6 PM, daily. Tickets:RMB19.
Website:www.wangjiang-tower-park.com

How to Get There

1) Take buses NO.19 , 335, 35, 3 and get off at Sichuan University

Introduction

The Wangjiang Tower is the most magnificent building in the park. It is a four-floor architecture with a height of 39 meters. Built in Qing Dynasty Guangxu Period, each floor is decorated by the animal clays and characters carvings. Wangjiang Tower is dedicated to Xue Tao, a poetess in the Tang Dynasty. A Woman in the past lacked social status and therefore it is all the more fascinating.
It is also called Chongli (grand and beautiful in Chinese) Tower, derived from an ancient article describing Chengdu as beautiful and grand. Of the four stories of the tower, the upper two are octagonal while the lower two are square with every eave layer exquisitely decorated with sculptures.

Histroy

Built in 1889, Wangjiang Tower has become a Chengdu landmark. Legend has it that the sponsor wanted the building to conform to fengshui to enhance literate luck. It was only after the tower was completed that the sponsor revealed in two poems that his true motivation was to honor Xue Mao.
The 39-meter- (128-foot-) high Wangjiang Tower is the greatest building in the park. It is also called Chongli (grand and beautiful in Chinese) Tower, derived from an ancient article describing Chengdu as beautiful and grand. Of the four stories of the tower, the upper two are octagonal while the lower two are square with every eave layer exquisitely decorated with sculptures.

About Xue Tao

Xue Tao, a poetess in Tang Dynasty, was an outstanding figure that was famous for her talent. She was good at poems and articles, as well as music and instrument. She led a hard life and eventually after her father's death she became a singer. According to the historic record, Xue had written more than 500 poems, but there are only 90 poems has been left today.
Xue Tao Well should not be missed. Not only a poet and beauty, Xue Tao was a clever inventor inventing Xue Tao Paper with water from the well. Superior to the yellow and coarse paper used at that time, her Xue Tao Paper was colorful and delicate.
Wangjiang Tower Park is covered by bamboos because Xue Tao loved bamboos. At present, there are more than 150 kinds of bamboos in this park.

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