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Yellow Crane Tower in Wuhan, Hubei Province, Central China
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Yellow Crane Tower 黄鹤楼 is a traditional Chinese tower situated on Snake Hill 蛇山, on the banks of the Yangtze River, in Wuhan. The current structure was built in 1981, but the tower has existed in various forms since A.D. 223, during the Three Kingdoms Period.
The tower has been destroyed twelve times, both by warfare and by fire, in the Ming and Qing dynasties, and was repaired on ten separate occasions. The current Yellow Crane Tower is 51.4 m (169 ft) high and has five floors.
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.
According to legend, Yellow Crane Tower was built by the family of an old pothouse owner living in Wuhan city long ago, named Old Xin. One day, a shabbily dressed Taoist priest came to the pothouse and asked for some wine. Old Xin paid no attention to him, but his son was very kind and gave the Taoist some wine without asking for money.
The Taoist priest visited the pothouse regularly for half a year when one day the Taoist said to the son that in order to repay his kindness, he would like to draw a crane on the wall of the pothouse, which would dance at his request. When people in the city heard of this, they flocked to the pothouse to see the dancing crane. The Xin family soon became rich and they built the Yellow Crane Tower as a symbol of gratitude to the Taoist priest.
Regarded as one of the Four Great Towers of China and enjoying the fame of "The First Scenery under Heaven", the Yellow Crane Tower is incredibly beautiful and its cultural significance led to its being made the symbol of Wuhan City.