Monday, April 17, 2017

Journey to Wuhan 02: Yellow Crane Tower 黃鶴樓

the most iconic

landmark of Wuhan

Yellow Crane Tower 黃鶴樓, Wuhan 武漢

 

it was first built in 223 A.C.

and for the next 1700+ years

has been renovated, rebuilt

over and over again

and the current version seen

was built in 1985

 

what makes it so iconic

is that many well-known

poets, patriots, politicians

have written poems

during their visits here

 

this was during

the Ching Ming long weekend

there was crowd control

i.e. from the south entrance

visitors had to queue

all the way to the north entrance

of the tower and scan their tickets

Yellow Crane Tower 黃鶴樓, Wuhan 武漢

 

it took about 30 minutes

the queue was in good order

in fact no one had to supervise

 

from the data displayed

during ticket scanning

 

there were actually almost

5,000 people in the tower

and at 1 PM

we were actually

the 12,000th+ visitors

 

when i was exiting

within an hour later

there were 14,000+

 

the view from level 5

that’s Changjiang a.k.a.

the Yangtze River

Yellow Crane Tower 黃鶴樓, Wuhan 武漢

 

no,

i don’t think

the view has inspired me

to write a poem

 

on top of views

the tower is more like

a museum of

what the tower is all about

Yellow Crane Tower 黃鶴樓, Wuhan 武漢

 

models of

how the tower looked like

during different periods

Yellow Crane Tower 黃鶴樓

 

who have been here and

what are the poems

they have actually written

about/in/inspired by

Yellow Crane Tower

 

we actually walked across

the Yangtze river

wait.. before that

 

next stop

Wubu Alley, 戶部巷

a foodie street within

walking distance

Yellow Crane Tower 黃鶴樓, Wuhan 武漢

 

Journey to Wuhan 01: Almost Mid-night

Journey to Wuhan 02: Yellow Crane Tower 黃鶴樓

Journey to Wuhan 03: Hubu Alley 戶部巷

Journey to Wuhan 04: Jianghan Road Pedestrian Street 江漢路步行街

Journey to Wuhan 05: Hubei Provincial Museum 湖北省博物館

Journey to Wuhan 06: Wuhan Museum 武漢博物館

Journey to Wuhan 07: Changchun Taoist Temple 長春觀

Journey to Wuhan 08: Flight Cancellation

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