Most Famous Towers and Pavilions in China

With a long history and profound cultural heritage, there are many classical historical and cultural buildings in China. They are the treasure of Chinese culture. Emperors and local governments of past dynasties like to built buildings, towers and pavilions.


The towers and pavilions in the ancient China are built to memorize the important events, publicize the political achievements or pray to the Buddha for help. Most of the towers and pavilions are connected to some famous poetry or legends. They have been endowed with a thousand years of humanistic heritage and the reputation of a fairyland on the earth, which are still classical and influential in China and the world.



Yellow Crane Tower, Hubei

Located in Wuchang District, Wuhan, Hubei province, China, Yellow Crane Tower is on the top of Snake Mountain, where you can enjoy the magnificent scenery of Yangtze River. The Yellow Crane Tower is the landmark of Wuhan. Having been destroyed for several times, the existing Yellow Crane Tower was built in 1985 based on the design of the Tongzhi Tower of Dynasty.  


The whole building is shaped like a yellow crane, spreading its wings to fly. At Yellow Crane Tower, you can learn about the history of it and the famous poetry of it. Also, you will know about the literary men of past dynasties and their stories with Yellow Crane Tower.


Yellow Crane Tower

Yellow Crane Tower



Yueyang Tower, Hunan

Yueyang Tower is situated in North Dongting Road, Yueyang Tower District, Yueyang, Hunan Province, China. Yueyang Tower got its fame because of the poetry written by Fan Zhongyan. Near the Dongting Lake, standing on the Yueyang Tower, you can look the spectacular Jun Mountain in front of you and overlook the picturesque Dongting Lake.


Yueyang Tower preserves its original structure, which shows the wisdom and skills of the ancient labors. The Yueyang Tower attracts many famous literary men of past dynasties to enjoy the stunning view and write down their works about the Yueyang Tower and Dongting Lake. Here you can also visit some calligraphic works about the Yueyang Tower.


Yueyang Tower

Yueyang Pavilion



Pavilion of Prince Teng, Jiangxi

Pavilion of Prince Teng is located in the Yanjiang Road, Donghu District, Nanchang, Jiangxi Province, China. It was first built in Tang Dynasty(653), the existing building is rebuilt in 1985. The Pavilion of Prince Teng is the landmark of Nanchang. The design of the pavilion gives visitors aesthetic perception. The Pavilion is known the the most beautiful pavilion in Jiangnan.


Standing on the Pavilion of Prince Teng, you can see the two rivers converging and the modern skyscrapers of the city. Many persons of letters come to Pavilion of Prince Teng and write down poetry and articles, which are all excellent works. The most famous works is the  Preface of Pavilion of Prince Teng written by Wang Bo.


Pavilion of Prince Teng

Pavilion of Prince Teng



Penglai Pavilion, Shandong

Penglai Pavilion is situdated in Penglai District, Yantai, Shandong Province. It was built in Northern Song Dynasty(1061). Having been repaired for several times, without being rebuilt, the Penglai Pavilion still preserves its original appearance. Penglai Pavilion stands on the top of the cliffs, which is spectacular. There are ancestral temples, pavilions, halls and archways in the Penglai Pavilion.


At the Penglai Pavilion, visitors have chance to see the mirage. And it is really idyllic in the mist. The sunrise and the moon at the Penglai Pavilion is wonderful. Standing at the Penglai Pavilion, you can see the stunning view of the stones and the watery blue reaching far beyond the horizon. Standing at the Penglai Pavilion, Visitors can see some people fishing.


Penglai Pavilion

Penglai Pavilion



Guanque Tower, Shanxi

Guanque Tower is located in Puzhou Town, Yongji, Yuncheng, Shanxi Province. It is built in Northern Zhou Dynasty for military use, where the soldiers can keep a look out. The existing Guanque Tower Guanque Tower is the only building that uses the colored painting to renovate.


Guanque Tower is famous for a poetry written by Wang Zhihuan. Standing on the Guanque Tower, visitors can look far into the Yellow River and have a panoramic view of the surrounding landscapes. Standing on the pavilion and seeing the view, visitors will feel that they are talking to the poem, Wang Zhihuan.


Guanque Tower

Guanque Tower



Foxiang Pavilion, Beijing

Foxiang Pavilion is located in the Summer Palace. Built in 1751, Foxiang Pavilion was destroyed once, and was rebuilt in 1894. Standing on the Foxiang Pavilion, visitors can overlook Kunming Lake and Paiyun Hall in the south. And there is a Buddhist building to its north. There is a statue of the Bodhisattva Guanyin with a thousand arms in the Foxiang Pavilion. The Empress Dowager Cixi went to Foxiang Pavilion to worship Buddha by offering incense.


At the Foxiang Pavilion, visitors can have a panoramic view of the scenery of the view of Summer Palace and the surrounding landscapes. And you can learn about the history and story of the Foxiang Pavilion.


Foxiang Pavilion

Foxiang Pavilion



Daguan Pavilion, Yunnan

Daguan Pavilion is located in the Daguan Park, Xishan District, Kunming, Yunnan Province. Daguan Pavilion was first built in 1690, destroyed in 1857 and rebuilt in 1866. It also had been repaired for several times. The construction of Daguan Pavilion combines the ethnic culture of Yunnan and Chinese culture. Daguan Pavilion is the landmark of Kunming.


Standing on the Daguan Pavilion, visitors can have a panoramic view of the Kunming. Wandering near the Lotus Pond, you will be surrounded by the sea of pink, white and red lotus. And you can also take a boat on the Lotus Pond to enjoy the lotus and see the Daguan Pavilion. By the way, the night view of Daguan Pavilion is charming with the gorgeous lights of the city.


Daguan Pavilion

Daguan Pavilion



Yuejiang Tower, Jiangsu

Yuejiang Tower is located in Gulou District, Nanjing, Jiangsu Province. It is on the top of the Lion Mountain and near the Yangtze River. Yuejiang means visit the scenery of the Yangtze River in Chinese. The Yuejiang Tower was started to be built in 1374, but the construction was stopped for a long time. It was rebuilt in 1999 and finished in 2001.


Standing on the Yuejiang Tower, you can have a panoramic view of the buildings, the mountains and the Yangtze River. At the third floor of Yuejiang Tower, there is a huge painting made of pottery and porcelain of Jingdezhen, which describes the scenes of seven journeys of Zheng He’s voyages.


Yuejiang Tower

Yuejiang Tower


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