SHIBAOZHAI PAVILLION AND THE WHITE EMPEROR CITY, YANGTZE RIVER

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.

4 thoughts on “SHIBAOZHAI PAVILLION AND THE WHITE EMPEROR CITY, YANGTZE RIVER

  1. The Emu

    A beautiful tour and introduction to Shibaozhai temple, it always amazes me at the artistic talents of people from around the world, I collect and admire Chilean Matchstick carvings, an art form of beauty, and now you show me Calligraphy done on the inside of bottles, unbelievable, that is one item I will endeavor to obtain, purely for its beautiful demonstration of the artistic capability’s of mankind.
    Excellent post as usual my young friend, looking at you sharing your winning picture.

    Reply
    1. wonkywizard Post author

      The bigger bottle shown cost RMB 300; the smaller one cost RMB 100. I thought it should be other way round, for work on the smaller is much harder. It takes the artist a few hours to paint and write on the inside from the small bottle aperture. How to put a cost on such delicate art?

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      1. The Emu

        Personally I couldn’t put a price on that work, it is a work of art, agree with you, it appears it should be the other way around.

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