SHIBAOZHAI PAVILLION AND THE WHITE EMPEROR CITY, YANGTZE RIVER
Shibaozhai (literally precious stone fortress) is located along the banks of Yantze River near the city of Chongqing. The nine storey red architectural wonder was built in 1750 (Qing dynasty). It was about 200 meters in height, not a pagoda, because it rests on the hills behind instead of being separate self supporting construct. After 1956 another three stories were added in such a way to create the impression that it was a complete extended “pagoda”.
The White Emperor City was more historical, and had about a thousand tiring steps to climb. It was the enclave or his mini palace of Luibei in his defeat after the Three Kingdoms War. I thought his wise Prime Minister, Zhu Geliang, had already predicted the outcome, and yet the fight must go on with so many death. History was always for the great to make a name for themselves, with many innocent death.