Sunday, March 18, 2012

White Pagoda Hill Park

The White Pagoda Hill Park occupies an area of more than 8,000 square meters. There are three clusters of ancient buildings standing on top of the mountain. The legendary ‘Three Guarding Treasures of the mountain” are said to be the elephant skinned drum, the bronze bell and the Chinese redbud tree which unfortunately has already extinct.

The White Pagoda Hill Park is seven-level octagonal pagoda is 17 meters tall. Below the pagoda there are bronze bell and elephant skip drum. The structures on the mountain are divided into three different platforms on higher than the other. If you climb onto the top of the hill you will find yourself above the tree line, and unfurling below you a marvelous view of the city of Lanzhou and the mighty waters of Yellow River rolling on incessantly.

The tale of the township goes like this: tracing back to the Ming Dynasty, General Xuda and General Fengsheng were ordered to attack the Wangbaobao City. They commanded the solders to disguise themselves as the opponents and arm themselves with tambourin and large drums. The solders hence entered the Wangbaobao City without notice; and in collaboration with armies surrounding the city, they took over the city without much resistance. The drums were given the name “the Peaceful Drum” to honor the relatively bloodless victory of this battle and hereafter drumming became the main performance of the Lanzhou Altar Fire.


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